Thanksgiving in Arizona
Thanksgiving looked much different this year than ever before and up until the 1.5 weeks before we didn’t have set plans of what we would be doing. Colby and I switch off spending every other holiday between his family and my family. This year it was our turn to be with his and as some of you already know, Colby’s dad passed away last year, and so it was just his mom, Colby and myself. We went back and forth with ideas and then finally 1.5 weeks before Thanksgiving we finally made plans to go to Arizona! So fun, right? Colby and I have been to Arizona one other time together and absolutely loved it. It was so good to go back and Colby’s mom was very generous and blessed us with a trip out there. She was already out there (even though she lives in Kansas) visiting a friend so we met her there.
We flew out Wednesday night and stayed in Glendale, which is outside of Phoenix. On Thursday, Thanksgiving, Colby and I ate breakfast at our hotel and then went to meet Colby’s mom at her friends’ house. We had a very relaxing and low key day! The weather was perfect so we spent time outside on the patio and went on a walk too! Oh and we learned a new game, Mexican Train! Have you heard of it? It was so fun and we already purchased it so we can play at home too.
Friday we drove to Sedona, which was about a 2 hour drive from where we were staying. There was quite a bit of traffic, especially when we got into Sedona. Apparently, everyone else had the same idea too because there was so many people and so many cars. Once we arrived, we ate lunch at a place that had the yummiest food and wonderful views that we got to enjoy from the patio, which was so nice.
After lunch we dropped off Colby’s mom to go shopping and we went hiking! She got to do what she wanted to do, and we got to do what we wanted to do, which worked great for all of us. We drove to the Cathedral Rock hike and again, everyone else had the same idea too. It was very hard to find a parking space. Just a heads up that if you go, it might be crowded. I realize the crowds were probably influenced by the holiday, but I imagine it’s usually somewhat busy.
We loved the hike and both agreed it’s nice to do a hike where we can just carry 1 phone (for pictures, of course). We didn’t take any water or snacks and so we didn’t need our backpack or Camelbak. It was an easier hike and one that most people could probably do. I say that especially because there were several little kids. There are parts that were a little tricky and we had to get on our hands and feet to maneuver the rocks, but if someone wanted to hike it and couldn’t make it all the way to the top, they could still get great views from half way up. Once we got to the top, we took some pictures and then walked some more where there was some more lookout points.
After hiking back down we went and picked up Colby’s mom, which took forever due to traffic, and headed back towards Phoenix. The area we were staying in Glendale had a massive shopping center with lots of restaurants, so we ate there that night. What we learned the hard way is not to book a hotel near a mall during Black Friday. Let’s just say it wasn’t my brightest idea.
On Saturday Colby and I got up and drove to South Mountain and did a very easy hike, even easier than Cathedral rock. There were very few people around too, which was nice. We probably weren’t even out there an hour, so I’m not sure if that counts as a hike, but I’ll call it one anyway. It gave us beautiful views of the city and it was nice to get out and enjoy the landscape and beauty.
After, we went to meet some friends for lunch and then headed to the airport for our flight home. It always goes so fast doesn’t it?
Did you travel or stay home for Thanksgiving? Have you been to Arizona? If so, what are your favorite parts? I must say, I am a big fan of Arizona and if we didn’t live in Dallas, it would probably be on the top 5 of my list of places to live in the states. We will most definitely be back.
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