I only had the morning to be alone and walked all the streets of Old Scottsdale. I have always assumed that Scottsdale lacked any character and brought along a few books just in case. I was wrong. It is a clean city, with unique shops, excellent food and random sculptures of interest. There is an alcohol-infused ice cream shop and a bring your bike in while you eat a cupcake shop.
The saguaro cacti are actually really beautiful.
The cacti are also useful to birds, offering protection and 20 degree cooler temperatures. Notice the hummingbird on its nest.
So today I was wrong in some very good ways.