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Quirky attractions, Cave Creek, AZ

Louise Speaks:  Our last stop of the day was just up the road from Carefree.  A mostly residential area in the middle of the dessert sits the “Worlds Largest Kachina Doll”  The doll is at the entrance of a residential community.

The 39-ft. tall version of a traditional Native American doll, known as a Kachina, stands at the entrance to the Tonto Hills residential community.  The doll can be seen from a ways away so not likely to be missed…especially with it being 39 feet tall.

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Quirky attractions, Carefree, AZ

Louise Speaks:  The town of Carefree is a very touristy town.  Many local restaurants and plenty of shopping for the Arizona tourist.  There were quite a few “Quirky” attractions throughout the town, so we just drove around until we found them all.

Our first stop was at the “Worlds Largest Sundial” or so the sign says.  It is right in the middle of the town square and you can see it from the main street through town.   A plaque on the dial reads:  “Solar engineer John Yellot and architect Joe Wong designed the sundial for K.T. Palmer in 1959.  It stretches 62 feet and points to the North Star.  Solar local time is 27.7 minutes behind Mountain Standard Time and the hour markers are adjusted to compensate.  The town of Carefree added copper cladding in 1990.”  Buildings and shops surround the sundial from nearly all sides, making photographing this beast a tad difficult.

Like I said, the sign claims that this is the largest sundial, however, according to reports the gigantic equatorial sundial in Jaipur, India is almost 1/2 of an acre in size, and beats this sundial. Another report states  that the town of Singleton in Australia claims to have a larger sundial than the one in Carefree or India.  So no one really knows where the largest sundial really is.  But this one is pretty big.





Just to the side of the Sundial is a children’s playground.  In the playground is a huge “Gila Monster Slide”.  Children were playing and seemed to enjoy climbing up the back and sliding out the month.  The slide really is HUGE!



In the same plaza is a “Metal Kachina Doll”  with wings spread full.  Could find nothing about this piece of art other than to say it is a piece of art displayed on a street corner.  Being the tourist town that Carefree is, there are art pieces like this spread out throughout the town.




As we were leaving the plaza at a local restaurant we notice these life size members of a Mariachi Band.  We had to make a U turn and of course get a photo of this band.  Made out of metal and larger than life, they are complete with musical instruments.



So besides the shopping, and eating, and the entertainment district, you can find these quirky things if you just look.


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Veterans Memorial, Anthem, AZ.

Louise Speaks:  Today we are on a journey of seeing Quirky or unusual things in Arizona.  Our first stop is another Veterans Memorial in the town of Anthem.  Anthem is between Prescott and Phoenix and the monument is in a beautiful city park.



The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 marked the official end of World War I. The five pillars in the monument represent the five branches of the U.S. military. It was designed by Palmer Jones, and unveiled in November 2014.

A uniquely designed monument to visit on any day — but every Nov. 11th at 11:11am it delivers a special solar alignment.  At the Anthem Veterans Memorial, at 11:11am on Nov. 11, the sun shines directly through holes in five marble pillars, illuminating a round mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States.



We have made a point of seeing as many Veterans Memorial as possible and this one has got to be one of the nicest.  Would be great to see it during the solar image, but seeing it today was just as spectacular.