Discovering Scottsdale, Arizona on a Segway.
I have traveled to Phoenix, Arizona area many times to visit my grandparents. My most recent trip was this last November with my sister. Though I love visiting my grandparents, their age and health does not permit them to venture very far from home.
It dawned on me on my last trip that I’ve never seen Old Town Scottsdale, though I have always wanted to. While in the hotel lobby, I found a brochure for a two hour Segway Tour. Perfect! A fun way to see Old Town without taking too much time away from our grandparents.
Though I’ve been on a Segway before, my sister had not. At Scottsdale Segway Tours, they spent an ample amount of time in the parking lot making sure we knew how to operate the Segway. It’s actually easy to learn. The slight lean to turn reminded me of downhill skiing and since we’re both skiiers we caught on quickly.
We’d like to think we were pros, but we never did get a job offer. I’ve stopped waiting for the phone to ring.
After our training session, we followed our guides through the Scottsdale Civic Center. Vendors were setting up for an event. After posing for photos in front of the fountain, we had a chance to see Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture. Scottsdale takes pride in promoting the arts and it is evident everywhere.
We worked our way toward the Soleri Bridge and Plaza. At the bridge, is an amazing sun dial (not pictured). I was glad I had the tour guides to show us how it worked. If I had walked to the bridge alone, I would have had no idea how they worked or what they were.
|Near the bridge is the famous Goldwater Bell by Paolo Soleri. Even if we act silly, we were in awe of the incredible talent of this great wind chime artist. I love discovering artists I have never heard of.|
Segways are great fun, even if the only time you get your heart rate up is if someone walks in front of you and you forget how to stop. Luckily, we didn’t run over anybody.
The tour wouldn’t be complete without a ride through Main Street where the sculptures reminded us that Arizona is part of the “wild west.” Lots of restaurants and shops await for those who want to explore more of Old Town after the tour. Our tour guides did an excellent job narrating as we rode and made sure to stop at all of the highlights. They even took lots of pictures for us so we could keep our hands on the handlebars.
|Jack Knife by Ed Mell|
Not only was the tour amazing, we couldn’t ask for better weather. Blue skies and warm weather is not something we see where we’re from. Thanks Scottsdale Segway Tours for a great time.