One year ago this month, when we had been hearing about this virus coming from China and had no clue what a curve ball of a year 2020 would end up being, my husband and I went on a trip to Arizona. He travels for work a lot so we don’t see each other much and he builds up airline and hotel points which makes trips fairly easy and cheap to take.
I was born in Arizona and moved to Kansas when I was 2 so I don’t remember living there but still feel a connection to the place. My husband Kevin thought it’d be nice to take me back there (plus February in the desert is a great time to visit).
So we left the kids with Grandma for a few days and went off to Arizona!
We stayed at the beautiful Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort and would stay there again in a heartbeat.
Breakfast was delicious, the service was great and our room was amazing.
We did get upgraded to some kind of suite – don’t remember what it was called, but it was a definite perk of my husband being a frequent traveler.
It almost felt silly for the two of us to have all this space, but we sure enjoyed it.
The living room had a fireplace in it that an employee would come light for us in the evening. There was also a kitchen area with a mini fridge, microwave and sink area with plenty of counter space.
I took more photos of the suite but this post is already going to be decently photo heavy, so I’ll spare you. 😉 We also had two bathrooms (which is more than in our house!) :).
Off of our bedroom there was a balcony with a decent view of the mountains. So we felt spoiled for a few days which was really nice.
I envisioned us spending a lazy morning out here drinking coffee, but that never did happen. There were too many things to get out and see for us to be too lazy. 😉
Our first day there we got settled in and grabbed some groceries supper.
We splurged a little and upgraded our car rental to a mustang convertible and dude – that thing was fun to drive! 🙂
Our second day we went out to see the sights and climbed up a mountain! It was hard but rewarding. I wish I could remember the name of the mountain, but I don’t. Pro tip: bring a camera with you when hiking and when you’re tired say “I need to stop for a second and grab a photo of this”. You’re welcome. 😉 (yes, I have a lot of photos of this mountain taken at different points on the way up and down lol)
That evening I had the opportunity to attend a meet up for the Rising Tide Society.
This community of creatives encourages “community over competition” and is a really great organization. If you’re in the creative industry you should really check them out and consider attending your local “Tuesdays Together” meet up.
Their founder Natalie Franke and her family were going across the United States and hosting big meetups in a few cities. They just happened to be in Arizona at the same time we were, so Kevin survived without me for a few hours and I was so happy to go meet everyone and be encouraged by the speakers and people I met there. Here’s me with Natalie. 🙂
If you’ve done any research into taking a trip to Arizona, you most likely have seen photos of Sedona. The scenery is pretty great and we decided we had to take a day trip to go see the place.
Sedona did not disappoint and we really enjoyed our time there. We took a Pink Jeep tour so that we could get up close and really in the red rocks that we saw in photos. I would highly recommend taking one of these tours if you ever go.
We took one that was more adventurous and I honestly wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that one. But I knew I would be able to get much better photos from there so I agreed….and I’m so glad I did. 🙂
Do you see that white line in the rocks about 2/3 of the way up in the photo above? People ride mountain bikes on that line. No joke. Go to youtube and search “white line sedona cycling”. You’re welcome…or I’m sorry. Depends on who you are what you’ll think about that nonsense.
On our 4th day in Arizona we visited the Desert Botanical Garden and were able to see lots of cacti and neat art instillations. I’m a sucker for a good garden and it was nice to walk around and see such different types of plants that we don’t have here in Kansas.
We stopped at Olive Garden for lunch (their tiramisu is my favorite for sure!) and then headed to Old Scottsdale.
It was fun to walk around, shop and just relax. Here’s some of the neat things we saw.
So if you’ve been to the Phoenix area of Arizona you’ve likely heard of or seen Camelback Mountain. It’s a pretty big deal and something my hubs really wanted to climb while we were in the area. He did his research and knew he wanted to go early in the morning so he did that while I slept in and ate breakfast. 😉
I’m happy to say he did make it to the top and back down (without needing assistance lol)! He had a great time and was glad he went. Here are some photos he took that he shared with me to share with you!
That last one is the “saddle” of Camelback Mountain. 🙂
If you ever make the trek, be sure to take plenty of water with you (using a backpack thing that holds water works best). Also, go early in the day because even in February the Arizona sun gets warm quickly.
Be sure to wear shoes with good traction and take your time. We don’t all need to run up and down it four times to feel accomplished, ok?
After he was finished with that, we headed down to Mexico! Kevin had never been and I had been once when I was a teenager on a missions trip. So we wanted to go see the country and maybe pick up a few fun souvenirs.
We saw the sights and realized the people down there drive crazy! We left our car in a parking lot in Nogales, Arizona (above photo) and walked across the border which worked perfectly since we just wanted to go into Nogales, Mexico.
Well, there you have it! A few fun photos and some advice for your Arizona trip. I would highly recommend visiting this great state. There’s so much we didn’t get to see and so much diversity in the landscape. From skiing in the snow in Flagstaff, to hiking in the sun in Phoenix, Arizona has a lot to offer and I’d encourage you to think about it for your next trip. (This post wasn’t sponsored by them either, by the way) 🙂
Have you been to Arizona before? What was your favorite part? I’d love to hear!
Talk to you later,