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!
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!