Over the past several years, I have become more and more interested in going places I've never been. Kind of on a whim, I threw out Arizona. We did a little bit of internet searching and it stuck. Three weeks later, we were on our way.
I had absolutely no idea what was in store for me. I assumed I was going to have a good time. I was going on a vacation without my children; of course it was going to be fun. Y'all this vacation literally shocked me. I must of said "this is so beautiful" at least a billion times. I kept wishing my eyes were little video cameras, so that I could share everything I was seeing, with my friends and family at home. It was so much more than I had planned on. I was grinning from ear to ear every minute of it.
I am usually not a huge selfie girl, but my goodness, on this trip, I took a zillion of them. I know this makes me sound ridiculous, but I couldn't get over the pure happiness on my face. I wanted to capture it so I could keep it forever.
We stayed at a resort in Carefree Arizona.
|Carefree Highway by Gordon Lightfoot|
We stayed at The Boulders Resort and Spa. It is stunning! It sits on 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert foothills, surround with tons of boulder formations to explore. Wow you guys! Wow!You could go to Carefree and stay at The Boulders for days and never leave.
I have a thousand more photos of the resort alone. This post is already going to be a mile long with photos so I am trying to refrain. Eeek!
One of the things that got me so excited about going on this trip was the opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride. That has been a bucket list item for me forever. Marshal and I hadn't been at the resort ten minutes and I was over at the concierge getting it booked. So darn excited! I was absolutely amazed by it! So so fun!
Marshal was not all that crazy about the balloon ride. At 7,000 feet all he could think about was the basket tipping and us tumbling to the ground to our death. Maybe it is the emergency manager in him. The thought never even crossed my mind. Ha!
Oh well, he got his adventure too. He chose taking a side by side out through the desert. I loved it because it allowed us to get truly out into the middle of nowhere desert. It was just us and our tour guide who was so great to us.
|The only time M is up and smiling at 5:30 a.m.|
And of course if you are going to do that, you might as well stop and get your picture made on the corner of Winslow Arizona... (Thank you to the Eagles for that song)
The Petrified Forest was packed with amazing scenery. One minute you were seeing The Painted Desert.
The next minute you were seeing the ruins left behind by the Puebloan people and petroglyphs they drew on the rock surfaces.
"Excuse me, ma'am what do you have in this suitcase?" "Wood. Why do you ask?" "I am going to need you to step over here with me for a minute."
Marshal watches Bar Rescue so on the way "home" we had to stop at Chilleen's on 17. Although, I am going to tell you, even if Marshal didn't watch Bar Rescue we would have probably stopped at Chilleen's on 17. Interstate 17 has nothing, and I do mean nothing, on it except a bunch of mountains and people that think the speed limit is 95.
The moonshine drinks and the food was delicious in case you were curious. Great job Jon Taffer and crew!
We did spend a couple of days relaxing at the resort. I got Marshal to spend an entire day with me at the spa. Now before you get to thinking all sorts of crazy things over there, let me explain that the spa included a pool, meditation garden, sauna, organic garden, along with indoor men's and women's steam rooms, jet pools, etc. I got a massage and offered to book one for him. He doesn't even know what he is missing out on. Awwwww....it was sooooooo goooood.
I tried really hard to see a bobcat and a mountain lion. Every time we left the casita I called them. "Mister Bobcat come see me." They did not love me. So sad.
And this is as close as I got to a picture of a coyote.
Oh well. We did get to see this crazy elephant made out of sand. I have no idea how someone can be patient enough to create something so detailed and amazing as this.
Our last night in Carefree we ate at the resort. We kept searching and asking around for restaurant suggestions, but then ended up being too lazy to leave the resort. It ended up being so delicious and perfect!
I had such an amazing trip. I can't wait to go back. I fell in love with Arizona and I think those cactuses are just the cutest! Until next time...