Thursday, July 26, 2007

Why I Love Arizona - Part the nth

Although it's no longer the Arizona I knew and loved in the `60s, one of the things that delights me about the state is that it's a strange attractor for weird and wonderful experimental communities including Biosphere 2 (which I still want to visit); Arcosanti and Taliesin West - both of which Peggy and I visited in our last trip to Arizona.

Now there's Arizona Sky Village!

Nestled in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains, at the mouth of Cave Creek Canyon in beautiful Portal, Arizona… you will find one of the most unique communities in the country. Dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of its natural surroundings, Arizona Sky Village offers residents an opportunity to discover the wonders of nature while enjoying all of the comforts of home. Escape to a place with no city lights, no traffic, and no noise. Come and experience the tranquilliCopy of Zodiacal Light & milkywayty of the desert, the breathtaking vistas of the canyon, and the timeless beauty of the Old West.

Located in one of the darkest deep-sky sites in North America, Astronomers will watch in awe as the Milky Way rises like a gathering storm and will re-discover the Universe in pristine dark skies.

Perched at the mouth of the world famous Cave Creek Canyon, one of the top birding sites in North America, Birders will marvel at the variety and abundance of species found here.

Adjacent to the Coronado National Forest, Hikers, Bikers, Nature, and History Enthusiasts will discover one of the country’s true National Treasures. Explore the forest where magnificent, colorful canyon walls give way to rocky terrain wooded with sycamore, cypress, pine, and walnut trees. Listen… as the only sounds you will hear are that of birds chirping as Cave Creek gently trickles over river rocks untouched since Cochise himself walked the forest floor.
At $6,500-$8,500 a week for "interval ownership," which I think is a euphemism for "time-share," a little out of our price range... but I can dream.

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