Yesterday I met with some Phoenix customers and had a great time and learned that many of the beautiful buildings and sports arenas in Phoenix were designed using AutoCAD. I had known previously that the Arizona Cardinals arena was also done in AutoCAD as it was on David Harrington's AutoCAD 2005 book and I had seen some of the great animations and renderings of the huge structure. Phoenix is definitely in a boom cycle as there is a large amount of construction going on downtown. It was also a record heat day yesterday at 95 degrees.
After multiple meetings I decided at the end of the day to head to the local Camelback and Squaw peak area to do some hiking. Unfortunately Phoenix does not believe in making sure that warning signs are in clear view. Being a new visitor to the area I came around a corner looking for the park on my GPS and found some hidden wrong way tire spikes, and too late for me to stop. I received a lovely parting gift of 4 flat tires. The warning sign was behind some bushes on a corner. I ended up having to be towed to a local tire shop delaying my departure from Phoenix. I was taken care of by a very helpful James at Discount Tire located at 4th and Bell who worked long after closing to make sure I got replacement tires and was good to go. That was an example great customer service and because I bought my tires at a Salt Lake Discount Tire store my tires were just replaced for free. I was told this sneaky tire popping surprise has happened to other non-local visitors. To me it it is a bad location and leaves some feeling hard feelings just so a few people don't sneak into park and not pay a couple dollars to hike there.
Today I have some meetings on the phone and will try to get out to Cave Creek for a hike on the spur cross trail system and with the heat might even find me a few rattlesnakes and other wildlife to photograph. After a nice hike I will load up and head out North towards home with 3 photo trek and hike breaks scheduled for Sedona, the meteor crater (requested by Dave), then Monument Valley.
I have a ton of photos to process and post from this weeks trip but have a few uploaded http://www.flickr.com/photos/btl/.