Rushing over from the Wind Spirit Community in Winkelman, I barely made it to the last group tour at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, the world’s largest enclosed earth system science research facility, in Oracle, AZ.
The tour began in the ‘actual Biosphere’ (Earth) so I had to walk through the on-site housing facility, known as “The Village,” which comprised of 28 furnished 3-to-5 bedroom casitas for students and faculty, and incorporates sustainable practices like rainwater harvesting and solar energy.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert home and student learning facility is preserved by the FLW Foundation, and is still an active student facility for architecture students. “As Taliesin West extends the legacy of innovation by showcasing unique design, sustainable practices, and education, the preservation team maintains a reverence for the history of the site.” – The Whirling Arrow Blog Post
For my last day in California, Joey took me to downtown Seal Beach to the main city pier for one last look at the Pacific Ocean before I went into desert country.
This memorial plaque commemorates the community and those that helped rebuild the Seal Beach Pier when it was destroyed by storms in 1983.
This seal statue sits next to about a dozen plaques recognizing many businesses and government organizations that have been a part of Seal Beach’s history, as well as serves as a memorial for certain individuals.