February in Phoenix

As Julie noted, we were in Phoenix last weekend as I had a one day meeting there.  Luckily, the stars aligned and Julie was off of work, and we decided to make a mini-vacation of it.  We touched down in Phoenix late morning on Saturday and were greeted by the palm trees, cacti, and 75 degree weather.  It was a pretty nice change of pace from February in Virginia.  Our first order of business was to go on a hike.  Little did we know that this was more of a mountain climb than a hike.  In just over a mile, we climbed 1,300 feet, but the sense of accomplishment and the view at the top was totally worth it.

We totally hiked that.

We totally hiked that.

The summit of Camelback Mountain

The summit of Camelback Mountain

The next day we traveled south to cross the border into Mexico.  Julie was mostly interested in getting another stamp in her passport, but when we crossed, nobody was there to do it.  There wasn’t much to offer there and we only spent a short while there.  We did stop in Tucson on the way back to Phoenix, which offered some gorgeous landscapes.

Sunset over the Tucson Mountains

Sunset over the Tucson Mountains

The San Xavier Del Bac Mission in Tucson

The San Xavier Del Bac Mission in Tucson

While I was stuck in a meeting all day the next day, Julie was able to travel to Sedona.  She was truly in her element as a photographer.

Oak Creek in Sedona

Oak Creek in Sedona

Julie's solo road trip

Julie’s solo road trip

That evening after my meeting, we had one final trip left in us.  We went to a desert botanical garden in town.  The garden was amazing and it was only enhanced by ornamental blown-glass artwork mixed in with the plants.

Chihuly in Phoenix. We went to the exhibit when it was at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, but it was even more beautiful in the desert.

Chihuly in Phoenix. We went to the exhibit when it was at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, but it was even more beautiful in the desert.

It was time to get back to reality (and the cold) on Tuesday.  We were actually lucky, just beating the winter storm that shut down the airports up and down the East coast the next day.

Our front steps, the next night.

Our front steps, the next night.

We so can’t wait to share trips and experiences like these with our kids.

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