We moved to Seyenna RV Park in Mesa. It was downtown and had many full-time residences there. At this time of year it is hard to find a campground in this area. Many are 55+ and some are full. It was nice to be able to do laundry, be close to the Capitol and shopping, and go to dad’s favorite In-n-out.
The Capitol building in Phoenix is made largely of indigenous materials to Arizona, including malapai, granite, and the copper in the dome. The building is perfect for the desert climate, with thick masonry walls that insulate the interior, skylights, and round bulls eye windows to let heat out of the House and Senate chambers. The rotunda is topped with a wind vane.
Construction of the Capitol began in 1898, and it began operation in 1901. It was home to the Legislature until 1960, when the current house and senate buildings were constructed, and the Governor’s Office until 1974, when the executive tower was built. The state had a plan of converting the original Capitol into a museum dedicated to Arizona’s history, which it is today.
We visited the House of Representatives. Marcus and Caroline enjoyed the hands on display about how a law is made. They each got to make up a law and see if it would pass. Caroline’s law was that everyone should wear a head band and Marcus’ was that everyone should eat oatmeal for breakfast.
Also located in the Capitol Museum was the enormous silver service from the USS Arizona. It had been removed from the ship before the attack on Pearl Harbor for cleaning. The service is one of a kind and is etched with copper panels depicting desert scenes set into a silver bowl with mermaids, dolphins and waves. This was a favorite of Caroline’s.
We had discussed Pearl Harbor before, but this really peaked Marcus’ interest see the model of the USS Arizona and reading about it.
Also in the State Museum located in the Capitol was a model of the Capitol designed by Frank Loyd Wright. This was never built, but it was neat to see his interpretation of the use of native materials.
We visited the Governors office and learned about the meaning of the flag.
After leaving the Capitol we were excited to head to Food Truck Friday! We couldn’t wait to try the delicious creations at The Uprooted Kitchen (http://theuprootedkitchen.com/contact.html) It completely exceeded our expectations. It wasn’t just vegetarian, it was good food.