Our Visit to Mystery Castle (a.k.a. “The House A Man Built By Himself”)

Tucked away in the foothills of Phoenix’ South Mountain Park is a strange castle a man built all by himself out of rocks and scrap materials. It’s call Mystery Castle, and it has quite the interesting and mysterious history.

But before we get into that, I’m going to change gears for a second – if you are, or ever were a fan of the Monkees, you may recognize these words:

“This morning, I went to this house that uh, a man had built all by himself, and I really got hung up on it, ’cause uh, when I was a kid, I, I used to build a lot of things. And I know I’ve got a lot going for me with the music and the show and everything, but, but still uh, someday, I’d, I’d like to make something, something that’ll last. Something important. Something I, I can say is my own.”

Spoken by Micky Dolenz in the final episode of the first season, “Monkees on Tour,” it’s believed he was talking about the Mystery Castle. I visited Phoenix in 1988 and although I wish I could remember how I figured out where “the house a man built by himself” was in those pre-internet days, but alas, I can’t. But I somehow did, and yep, I went. All I have to remember about my visit is two photos (that were on a roll of film I undoubtedly brought to the Photomat store to get developed) and a vague memory of our tour guide. So when Joe and I were planning our trip to the southwest and decided to start in Phoenix, I knew I had to go back.

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Road Tripping? Here’s Some REAL Highway Music

If you’re ever traveling near or through Tijeras, New Mexico, you may want to make a pit stop (or, more appropriately, a drive by) for this, just because it’s different…and, dare I say, music to your ears.

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The Tourist Attraction Where You Never Know What You’re Going To Get

There are a whole lot of really cool places to see in Seattle, Washington – Pike Place Market, The Space Needle, Puget Sound, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and plenty of other things make it a fun and place to play tourist. But there’s one interesting thing you can visit in Seattle that many tourists don’t know about – and it’s so small that it’s really simple to miss, too.
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Why You Should Visit Cities After Natural Disasters

You watch the news and see stories about natural disasters all the time. Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes. Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Wildfires. We can’t avoid them.

One thing you need to know is the people who live in these areas often make their living by providing for the numerous tourists who flock to visit. After cleaning up and getting basic services on line, the next priority is to get the guest areas ready as quickly as possible, often even before cleaning up their own personal properties.

That’s why you need to support these places instead of putting off trips because the area might still be “recovering.”

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This Museum Has Burgers, Comfort Foods and Nostalgia, All Rolled Into One Place!

If you’re a fan of fast food, hamburgers, and/or comfort food, boy, do we have a museum for you! And just so you know, we’re talking about the only museum in the United States dedicated to burgers and comfort food!
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