Arizona Adventure (Day Four)

I woke up in time to see the sun rise over the red rocks. After a breakfast at the motel, Julian and I packed up and headed towards the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the iconic landmark designed by a student of Frank Llyod Wright nestled into the red rocks just outside of Sedona. Julian was impressed by the architecture, which is indigenous to the one-with-the -environment style of Wright.

We made brief visit back into the town of Sedona to pick up a few souvenirs to discover that the world of Jerky is by far the best place in town to find a diversified selection of inexpensive Sedona memorabilia including postcards, T shirts, refrigerator magnets, dessert soap and lotion and prickly pear cactus delicacies. Julian also took a few moments to play the variety of model-keyed mallet percussion instruments, which was set up by a local not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing free and accessible music opportunities to the general public.

Much to our surprise, it began to rain in the desert as Julian and I rode along the highway back to Phoenix. We made a brief stop at a clothing outlet on our way into Tempe. A changed city since I had last been there. After a little navigating, we finally found the free parking lot near the music building on the Arizona State University campus. Much had changed on campus, since I acquired a flute performance Masters Degree student at ASU over twenty years ago, but we finally found the newly renovated music building. Soon upon entering the new West Wing, we ran into the very person whom we had arranged to see, my former advisor and esteemed composer, Professor Glenn Hackbarth. Julian and I had a lovely visit in his second floor office, which was followed by a brief tour around the new wing, which included several new theaters and a hallway of percussion practice rooms as well as a well equipped percussion studio, which impressed Julian. After saying goodbye to Professor Hackbarth, Julian and I explored the new art museum adjacent to the music building, which along with additional theaters and dance studios that comprised the newly formed Herberger School of the Arts. I also showed Julian the Gammage Auditorium, the ecologically correct concert hall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright where I used to perform as a student of ASU.

We had enough time to check in at our hotel on East University Drive before heading down Scottsdale Road towards the Udupi vegetarian Indian restaurant where we had plans to meet my former employers, Bill and Mary Glover, who founded and direct the Awakening Seed School. I previously worked there as an after-school and K-1 co-teacher. The four of us enjoyed a delectable variety of tasty food and enlightening conversation. I was overjoyed to see them both and left them knowing that we will always be connected through the heart.