We've been back for a few days now, but I thought I'd share some of last weekend.
Friday at 4:00 PM in Tempe, AZ it was 111 degrees - I am sure that's a personal record for me. DH said, "Let's take a walk just so we can say we did it" I replied "OK". Daughter #3 and her husband live near the ASU campus so we headed out. Walked three blocks to the end of their street where there was a little store. We went in, bought a bottle of water and enjoyed the air conditioning for a few moments. Then we headed back. It was a windy afternoon but this offered no relief. My husband aptly put it when he said it kind of felt like standing in front of a hair dryer. So that was it....we managed to walk a total of six blocks in what was extreme heat for me.
On the way back he commented "Please don't ever make me move out here". To all my AZ friends, you have a beautiful state to visit....but I think I can tolerate our cold winters better than your summer heat.
Saturday we decided to head out of town. So we headed north to Tonto National Forest. The scenery along the way was beautiful.
We could see the mountains in the distance and anxious for some cooler temperatures.
Then we arrived at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. We decided to take a hike. The temp had dropped to 88 with our elevation change and we were feeling much better. The trail we chose was fairly short, but descended 200 feet into a canyon.
Halfway down my husband was concerned about one of us twisting an ankle. I was more concerned about having the strength to climb back out.
This is the view from the bottom of the canyon, looking up.
As you can see it was a spectacular day and we both made it out safely.
We finished our hike and picnic lunch about 2:00 and decided it was much too early to head back to the city, so we decided to head north and west to a winery we first discovered about four years ago. I never expected to find a winery in the middle of a desert, but it is lovely. This is DH enjoying a glass of Cabernet overlooking the vineyards.
After enjoying the hospitality there for about 45 minutes, we decided we were too close to Sedona not to make a quick drive up there. If you've ever been there, you will know it some of the most stunning scenery anywhere. Every where you turn is another picture ready to be taken.
We headed back around 7:00 and pulled into Tempe around 9:00 at which time the car thermometer showed it was still 104.
The next day we headed for home and cooler temperatures, but we will keep going back. Arizona is beautiful and two of our favorite people are there.... soon to be three!!
PS: Celeste, you inspired me to do some mini travelogues of my own.