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