Day 3 – Phoenix/Grand Canyon R2R2R – First Nations Heritage and Latino Shopping Center

I woke up this morning and hit the ground running.

I went to take a shower and – There is no such thing as a cold shower in Phoenix. Even the cold tap water is warm. If you like your water cold, you need to refrigerate it. The water supply pipes in the ground are too warm to deliver cold water.

It is also very humid today. People keep telling me it is a “dry heat”. Not so, there was definitely a heat index today in Phoenix.

The meat counter

At breakfast I met Christine from Munich. We chatted and are splitting a car tomorrow to explore the Apache Trail. As she needed to buy some food (and I needed trail mix for the Grand Canyon) we went off to the highly recommended Latino Shopping Center.

The biggest single Chiccarone I have ever seen.
A whole rack of chiles
An aisle of piñatas

This was more Latino than any of the shopping centers I visited in Mexico. Chiles, cactus leaves, Carnes, Queso, you name it – they had it. There was even a small tortilla factory on the premises.

Lunch was an amazing burrito for $4.99.

Following lunch we headed to the Heard Museum. It is the largest museum devoted to First Nations art in the USA. It is a do not miss attraction in Phoenix.

Heard Museum
Kachina dolls are Hopi art expression of local legends
Amazing silver work with incredibly fine detail
Does this give you any flashbacks to Star Wars???
The inside of a Hogan. This is a traditional Navaho dwelling.
The outside of the Hogan. Incredible log cabin architecture
Turquoise and silver
Flowing woodwork
Lovely staircase
A representation of all tribes to create glass fences

Just down the street from the museum we passed a Immigration and Naturalization Detention Center. An austere grey building used to house undocumented immigrant and then deport them across the border to Mexico. Ranks of windowless buses stood behind the building waiting for nightfall to deport the immigrants they had rounded up.

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