On Cloud 9

Cloud 9 burnt to the ground back in 1964. Cloud 9 restaurant on top of Shaw Butte, Phoenix that is. ( Link ) But, I should be on ‘cloud nine,’ with my new move to a neighborhood bumped up against the south end of North Mountain. Officially “North Central Heights” for those Phoenicians who consider 85021 Sunnyslope.  A spinkling of 1947 to mid 50s “Mid Century Modern” homes. With the trail head for Shaw Butte one block away at Mountain View Park, the fog of February was as good a time as any to ‘go climb a mountain.’


Superbowl Sunday disappointed Phoenix visitors with unusual weather; wet, cool and damp and the consequence of wet-cool-damp to sudden Sonora warm sun was the transition of actual ‘fog,’ unheard of in Phoenix. The 7 a.m. hike in pre-dawn twilight was glove weather … assuming I still owned a pair, let alone knew where they were … and gathered pearls of moisture on everything, including us. Moody cool. Grey and odorous.

1290-Shaw Butt

Phoenix had disappeared below cloud as surely as a London ‘pea-souper;‘ visibility cut to a few hundred feet. Until, that is, you breach the drifting ‘clouds’ and the sun returned along with the usual Winter warmth. Magical. The peak for the short hike was the ruins of Cloud 9, no more than a few stone walls, a concrete slab, metal pipes and the inevitable graffiti. (Historic Article link: cloud9 )

1295-Shaw Butt

Perfect peace.
Yes. This is February.

1309-Gerre-Cloud Nine

( Movie Link )

Gas $1.79

Cloud 9 Map


About Gerre

I am a person in transition. Sold my NJ home and heading for my new place in AZ. My "do over" as my friend Dee calls it. Life is about transitions. This is my latest.
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2 Responses to On Cloud 9

  1. Anonymous says:

    So good to see pen to paper again, but watch out for rattlers on your hikes. Pictures so good that it was a pity we were not there to enjoy with you – maybe sooner than expected?

  2. Debby says:

    Hey Gerre, good to see that you’re writing again. I came looking for you because of this Passap ebay auction:
    It’s a motor and (just) the beds. Hope it’s not too far from you and that you can make us of it at this price.

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