30 Sep 2016

Notes From the Road: The Old Millstone

The old Millstone at Sunrise Springs

Facilities Update
After a few challenging delays the Aqua Pavilion is up and running. Guests have begun to enjoy the warm waters and beautiful views provided by this special new addition to the Sunrise experience.

What do you do if you find an old millstone on the property, one with interesting carvings on it? If you’re our landscape crew, you think of creative ways to incorporate it as a decorative feature. The plan is to create a water feature using the millstone, which will be installed in the indoor part of the koi pond at the Sages Café. Installation should be complete by the end of the week.

Sunrise News and Reminders
He did it—2,955 miles in 46.5 hours, Coney Island to the Golden Gate Bridge, on less than three hours of sleep, to complete the Iron Butt Association’s recent 50CC (coast to coast in under 50 hours) challenge. In total, our Facilities Director drove over 7200 miles through 26 states on his motorcycle “tour.” He is already talking about his next trip mentioning places like Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, Key West and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska—yes, Alaska.

Guest Comments
My time with Dr. Fisher was a revelation. It gave me a new perspective in my life.

I compare my experience at Sunrise Springs to my visit at the Golden Door. It was just as good and wonderful of an experience.

Carl Dickens

Carl Dickens, Human Resources Coordinator
Carl Dickens grew up in New Mexico, his parents having met and fallen in love here. After a brief stint in Alaska, the family returned to the warmth and light of the high desert. Carl was raised in the farming community of Los Ranchos, in the North Valley of Albuquerque, among alfalfa fields and arroyos. He began working at Sunrise Springs in 1984, the same year he and his young family moved to the valley. Carl remained at Sunrise Springs for five years, returning again in September of 2012. Carl is active in the local community and is passionate about the history of the area, preserving its agricultural traditions and water conservation.