Last Friday we left California and drove to Phoenix where A’s dad lives. For the past few months, I’ve been thinking that I missed the desert, as I can remember going to the pool as early as February when I lived in Las Vegas and definitely always by March. Visiting Phoenix was a great big slap in the face that in fact I was not missing the desert! It was only around 100 degrees when we arrived just short of 7 p.m. While I was grateful to soak up some glorious rays of sunshine, I was not stoked on the heat.
Sidebar: Where I can live that’s about 80 degrees and sunny all the days? In So Cal we’ve been experiencing May Grey and June Gloom to the max. Today, for instance, the sun didn’t peak through until 3:00 p.m.! I have it! We’ll have to move to the Caribbean! 😉
Anyway, we enjoyed a delicious dinner with Carman at The Salty Sow, which none of us had ever been to. I enjoyed a Moscow Mule followed by the Surf ‘n Turf while the guys had the Prime Rib Special. All the food was fabulous, and although it was a bit loud, I loved the atmosphere with live music and unique decor and had a hard time choosing just one thing from the menu! I’d definitely go back!
Saturday morning I did a quick 45-minute total body strength + cardio workout at my FILs community center gym. I knew we had to get on the road soon and was super effective with my time. I ran 1.5 miles and then did three quad-sets x 3 (so, 12 exercises total, 3 times through). We had a quick lunch (salad for all three of us) and then hit the road to Sedona. I was beyond excited, as it was my first time visiting! The girls, on the other hand, we tired of being in the car!We got settled into our hotel room and then went to the house Lynda, A’s sister, and her fiancé rented for the weekend. They did a quick run through of the ceremony and then we drove to Mariposa in town for cocktails + dinner.While I can’t say a single good thing about the service, the food was impeccable! We shared an order of each: Handmade Empanadas, Quesadilla Supremo and Pulled Pork Tostadas. Each time we were served a new plate, we ‘mmmmm-ed’ out loud. Everybody in our party agreed the food was great though the service was weak. At any rate, we’d go back! Perhaps the service was lame because our party was gigantic (like 30!).
We had a night cap of Cold Stone Creamy and then headed back to the hotel. The girls were glad to see us, and we all fell fast asleep!
Sunday morning we went to Whole Foods for a filling breakfast via the hot bar, and then explored the town. Anthony went to NAU for undergrad, so we drove North of town a bit (before backtracking) so he could tell me stories about his college days when he and his buddies would drive down to Slide Rock and do college things when they wanted to get out of Flagstaff for a bit. 😉
It was so breathtaking, I was busy looking around rather than snapping pictures. If you’ve never been to Sedona, I highly recommend it for the sights (and food) alone! I’m already looking into dates for us to take a hiking trip there this fall!
We explored many of the shops on the main drag (and didn’t buy a thing!) before heading out to the house to help Lynda with anything she needed in preparation for the wedding that evening.Eventually, everybody went their separate ways to shower and get dressed for the festivities of the night! Lynda made the most beautiful bride and Jeff looked handsome as well!We all went into town for the reception following the service, and had a lovely evening chatting with friends and family! The wedding was perfectly intimate and has me excited to start planning ours, again!
Have you been to Sedona? Tell me the best hiking trails and places to eat!