My Arizonian Adventure - and yes, I have pictures!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

It was this New Yorker turned North Carolinian turned Virginian's first time to this grand state. I thought New York City had skyscrapers but Arizona had the nature-made variety and it was beyond beautiful! North Carolina had its share of wildlife - but you haven't seen nothing until you've pissed off a rattlesnake! Virginia has its share of beauty too but we have mole hills compared to mountains out there! Everything was breath-taking and HOT! Most days hovered around the 105 degree mark with the highest temp reaching a scorching 115 degrees! Surprisingly, the dry heat was good for my asthma and I didn't even have to use my inhaler until I had a vodka-induced attack!

*Note to self: Unless you're an experienced drinker, save the hard liquor for the pros. I took a 1/2 a shot and it burned going all the way down and I nearly choked from the liquid concoction with NO chaser! I'm curious, if the point is to chug it without tasting it...what's the fun in that? Personally, the taste reminds me of the poisonous acid found in your stomach. Bile. Just sayin.

I was able to take some pictures, get some sun, sip on some pretty umbrella drinks, connect with old friends, make some new ones and spend quality time with my wonderful guy and even work out every morning! It was just perfect!

Here are some pics.

A view from my seat on the plane, how glorious!

Some snap-shots of the resort

(I've hiked in wedges before. Trust me, sandals and white jeans were nothin!)

These pictures were taken in Sedona. I call it the "mini" grand canyon)

Different varieties of cactus!

(One morning jogging around the resort...I came prepared!)

I had to buy this shirt...for Vincent. My Indian name is "Frizzes with moisture"

This stuff was too strong for me straight! But I discovered something called cherry vodka! When blended with lemonade and ice - it's like a party in a glass!

Going back to the airport...I'm a little sad. I don't wanna go home yet!

The end.

Oh...I almost forgot. Practical advice for anyone traveling to Arizona:

1. Slather yourself in sunscreen, their sun ain't NO joke!
2. Wear sunglasses or you'll burn your retinas!
3. Fellas. Protect ya head! No not that one, the OTHER one. If you're a little sparse up top you'll cook your brain, wear a hat!
4. Ladies. If your hair isn't used to that kind of heat it will dry it out! I brought some extensions to change up my do. I was afraid without all my hair tools I'd end up with a mini fro on day 2. Luckily no humidity! I was able to rock several styles...here's one minus the extensions when I blew it back out...it ain't pretty! Trust me, flat irons are my friend!

Umm, we're gonna have to do an "up-do" for now since the Delta airport minions confiscated my hair products!

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  • USCHI0762
    Those are absolutely fabulous photos.. and yep... Arizona is hot hot hot! i went to see a friend there some years back in June.... I must have fried my brains to think that June would be tolerable!... lol.. the heat was likely about 120 in the shade at 10am.. this Canadian girl is so not used to temperatures like that...

    Looks like you had a wonderful time tho....

    Good luck to making 2013 YOUR YEAR!

    2890 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/30/2013 8:15:28 AM
  • SHERRY03
    Welcome to Az, I love the weather it's a great place to live. Glad you enjoyed yourself, did you get to see the Grand Canyon? Your right though the weather is no joke for your hair, I miss North Caroline there was so much moisture in the air. Hope you come back to visit.
    3523 days ago
    Lovely blog. Looks like you had so much fun! Love the pics! :)
    3625 days ago
  • no profile photo 15LOVEHARRY
    I live in the valley of the sun and yes I also enjoy daily its beauty. Come back anytime emoticon
    3633 days ago
    Great photos! It looks like you had a blast.
    3635 days ago
    Love the photos, thanks for sharing. I am happy that you and hubby were able to enjoy this beautiful place. I love your honesty... you are beautiful inside and out, thanks for keeping it real... You rock girl!

    ~ Dee emoticon
    3637 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/14/2011 2:56:49 PM
    I was gonna say - how fast does your hair grow girly?! Haha!

    Gooooorgeous piccies! I wanna go to Arizona!!! Thank you so much for sharing, everything looks so fab!!

    And cherry vodka...ohhh yeh, good stuff. ;) xx
    3643 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4916914
    You are gorgeous with or without an updo. I am really glad that you enjoyed your vacation. We are going to Arizona in November or December, so it won't be hot during that time. I love cactus. They are so unique.

    Thanks for sharing the pics. i love to read blogs with pics

    3645 days ago
    your still beautiful hair done or not!!! girl it loosk like you both had a ball....so proud & happy for you. nothing like a trip away...the pics are beautiful.thanks for sharing.BTW...you look awesome! keep on doing your thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3645 days ago
    glad you had a great time over there, btw you look fabulous.....
    3650 days ago
    Great pics. Glad to have you back :)
    3655 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5035425
    The pictures look amazing and so do you. I've never been to Arizona but I've always wanted to visit. You have motivated me even more to go.
    3655 days ago
    The place and yourself look absolutely gorgeous! =)
    3655 days ago
    What a beautiful vacation for two gorgeous folks! It looks like so much fun!!!
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    3656 days ago
  • NKECHI711
    Thanks for sharing...beautiful!! emoticon emoticon
    3656 days ago
    beautiful photo's
    3656 days ago
    They confiscated your hair products?!! That's criminal.

    Love the pics!

    3656 days ago
    OMG, I so feel you on the shots. Unless I am being super pressured, I will drink them in like, 3-4 separate gulps, because otherwise my gag reflex kicks in.

    also, lemonade as a mixer is THE BOMB.

    Your photos are making me sweat just looking at them!
    3656 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Thanks for taking us along on your adventure! Awesome pics! emoticon
    3656 days ago
    great pictures!!!
    and if you like a good drink try whipped vodka--not kidding it makes orange pop tate like a cream cycle or root beer like a root beer float. I promise a great evening but if you have too many you will hate me the next day!

    advise "3. Fellas. Protect ya head! No not that one, the OTHER one' PROTECT BOTH!!!!

    as far as pissed off rattle snake -- I have a soon to be x-wife --does that count?
    3656 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7636377
    Umm I was in Sedona last month! Did you go to Red Rock Crossing? ( I think that's what it was called) Sedona is gorgeous!! We will definitely go back! You are absolutely gorgeous darlin! You and your man look like the cover of a magazine...glad your back!!!
    3656 days ago
    Great pics! Yes, the sun is intense here for sure. Next trip Tucson! The spas including Miraval and Canyon Ranch have crazy specials here in the summer for obvious reasons. Not to mention the regular resorts like the Ritz Carlton. You can escape the heat doing things like midnight golf. I'm starting to sound like the Visitor's Bureau.... :-) Thanks for sharing your pics, you guys are a beautiful couple!
    3657 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9978774
    Awww...Everything looks amazing including you! I thought your hair looked longer! I am so glad you had so much fun. (I loved the advice for men's heads heehee)! emoticon
    3657 days ago
    Girl every last pic is absolutely gorgeous. emoticon for sharing. emoticon emoticon
    3657 days ago
    It looks amazing! I appreciate the tips--I'm going to Arizona in October, and I've no clue what to expect.
    3657 days ago
    Beautiful pictures. Looks like loads of fun! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with your Spark Friends!
    3657 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9209462
    Love your Indian name...it could be mine too with all the lovely humidity we've been having!

    Great pics - thanks for posting and welcome back to the land of the Sparkies!

    3658 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5815518
    Love it! Never been to Arizona, but it looks gorgeous. :) Kudos to you for jogging on vacation! ESPECIALLY in Arizona! Dry heat or not, it's damn hot out there. ;) And you and Vincent look lovely, as always. You're a really attractive couple, I've got to say.
    3658 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    Beautiful pictures. Every thing looks wonderful. emoticon
    3658 days ago
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