Travel: Scottsdale, AZ

At the beginning of May, Dave and I took an anniversary trip/family meet-up to Scottsdale, Arizona. My cousin was graduating from Arizona Statue University, so we thought it would be great to see my family and have some fun in the sun. My husband found us some amazing hotel and car rental deals for our trip. Our hotel was pretty nice, good location, pool and we had a nice balcony that we hung out on every night. We also enjoyed some great weather while in AZ, a warm dry heat in the 90s, with cool nights.

‘hugging’ a cactus


The first night we got there, we hung out with my family and enjoyed a very New Mexican treat. The next day we met up with the  family for breakfast at the Good Egg. They have a ton of locations in the Phoenix area, so it seemed like quite the local place to go for breakfast. My cousin’s graduation was later in the evening, but he called in the afternoon with some news. Turns out the graduation dinner was still on, but there would be no graduation ceremony. He was so busy studying for his PhD entrance exam that he forgot to complete all the required steps and get the right gown for the ceremony. So we just skipped the boring stuff and headed to dinner at Monti’s in Tempe.

Family with the graduation boy

The next morning we went on a hike up Camelback Mountain. We went on the Cholla trail, which is not as popular as the Echo Canyon trail. We headed up the trail and enjoyed some nice views of the area and even saw a pretty cool lizard.

Big lizard

We made it to the flat rock area and then it turned into a pretty strenuous hike where we were climbing up rocks to continue up the trail to the top. At this point it was hot and the hike was a taking longer than we had read on the internet. And I’m a wimp, see I can admit it Dave! It was too much rock climbing sans safety rope for me, so we headed back without making it to the top. After a nice lunch with the family, we relaxed at the pool for a bit.

Later that night we headed down to Old Town Scottsdale for dinner. We had seen an ad in the USAirways magazine for the Old Town Tortilla Factory and after a couple other people recommended it, we decided to check it out. What a great restaurant! It on the edge of Old Town with a great outdoor patio decked in lights, they make some great margaritas and have delicious food.


Saturday was our last full day in AZ, my family left earlier that morning, so we spent they day relaxing.  We scheduled a couples massage at a local spa in Scottsdale as a special anniversary treat. Then we spent the rest of the day relaxing at the pool. Dinner that night was an interesting experience at the Saddle Ranch Chop House in Scottsdale. This place is a master at the up sell with free shots, giant beers and cotton candy bigger than your head. The food and service was good, but the fun was more in the people watching.

We couldn’t go to Arizona without playing a little golf, so we hit some balls at the driving range. There’s no golf in our future, but practicing our swing was a lot of fun!

Golf hottie!

We also stopped by Frank Lloyd Wrights winter home, Taliesin West. We didn’t have time to go on the tour, but were able to see some of the area. The aerial view makes the property look gigantic, maybe on the next visit out.

Before heading to the airport, we walked around downtown Tempe to check out the campus area and grab some lunch. Overall we had a fantastic vacation celebrating our anniversary, my cousin’s book smarts and visiting with family. Scottsdale is pretty relaxing and with Arizona having so much to see and do, so I’m sure we will be back in the future.


Happy Earth Day!


Hope you are enjoying the earth today. Dave and I went for a run this evening and it started to rain on us as we were running through a trail shaded with trees. When we made it through the trees we were welcomed to a beautiful full rainbow, much appreciated on Earth Day!

This is my first post since making it back from Europe. Probably wondering where or where is my post on Europe huh? Well, I haven’t blogged about Europe yet because I was trying to figure out how to exactly chronicle our awesome adventure. I think I’m going to breakdown posts by each place we were at. I’m also working on all the pictures, we have 700! I’m a freak and like to name each picture, so it’s taking me awhile.

I’m living in Delaware now. It was a little strange to come back from Europe and not have a day to rest before driving back down to VA. It’s great to get to spend so much time with Dave though! It took us a few days to get back to normal from our trip. And then since Monday I’ve been spending my days looking for a job. I’m hopeful and have a few leads. Hopefully once I find a job I will be able to get more acclimated with my new location. I am trying to find some new activities for Dave and I to be involved in because one of the best things about living in the same location is we have our weekends back!

Back to naming pictures otherwise everyone might not believe we actually went!