A beautiful resort to get work done

Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 7:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 7:39 a.m.

As soon as we found out that Florida would be playing in the national title game and that our hotel would be the Camelback resort, a trip to the hotel's Website has been an every-day occurrence for me.

It was like the carrot that kept me going. And when you call up the Website, you are struck by a picture of a woman meditating in a tent.

I found the tent located behind a faux wild West town near Mummy Mountain. It was early in the morning on Tuesday and the sun glancing off the other mountains made for an incredible sight.

There was no meditating, except to think how lucky we are to be covering this game. Even Ohio State coach Jim Tressel mentioned in his news conference that he took time to remember how fortunate he and his team are to be in this setting. And they aren't even staying at Camelback.

This resort is an incredible place so there are no excuses if the writing from here doesn't cut it. My wife and I have a running joke every time we stay in a great hotel. “Why couldn't this be our hotel during a bowl week?” Well, now it is.

There are cactus outside my room that have to be 20 feet tall, a flower garden, a spa and, of course, the mountains. It really is a beautiful place. I can see why so many people have settled in the Valley of the Sun.

Oh, and there is this — a chip-and-putt six-hole golf course and a separate putting green as you traverse the grounds.

Walking around on Tuesday morning, I thought I saw something that made me feel at home — a pair of window flags that were orange and blue. Turns out they were for Boise State, which played here on Monday night.

Maybe Boise left some orange and blue magic on the field.

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