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WLA 2010 fieldtrips

Arizona is home to several world-class tourist destinations you won’t want to miss while you are here for WLA’s 45th annual conference. I am pleased to announce two opportunities to visit the Grand Canyon state’s unique natural and cultural treasures. Both trips are scheduled to depart from the Prescott Resort at approximately 12:30 pm on Saturday, October 23rd. You will travel roundtrip on Shuttle U’s comfortable 13-seater vans with professional drivers. You may sign up when the registration page becomes available near the end of July.

1. Arcosanti is an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona. Built according to architect Paolo Soleri’s theory of “arcology,” (architecture + ecology) Arcosanti is a living example of sustainable community. You will take a 45-minute drive to the beautiful urban laboratory, be greeted there with a tour of the extensive, fascinating grounds, and have the opportunity to eat at the café and experience this amazing place on your own. This trip will return to the conference hotel by about 5:30. $35 per person.

2. Grand Canyon Village, a 90-minute drive from Prescott, is located on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Your driver will stop first at Hermit’s Rest, architect Mary Colter’s 1914 canyon-side masterpiece. Look for other Colter buildings as you stroll the rim of the majestic canyon. This field trip allows you enough time to eat at the one the rim’s fine restaurants and catch a breathtaking sunset before leaving the canyon at about 7:00pm. $45 per person.


Prescott Resort and the Yavapai-Prescott Nation

This morning I called the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe to chat about the controversy the new Arizona Immigration law has generated among WLA conference goers. The Prescott Resort is owned and operated by the Y-P tribe and is located on that sovereign nation’s land. The economic benefit, then, goes largely to the tribe. They are eager to welcome us in October.