Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I'm a Wild Seed Again. Let the Wind Carry Me.

So, day two in our alternate universe vacation started out so well. Our continental breakfast at our casita was amazing. They had a beautiful seating area all arranged with a kiva and organic homemade food that was prepared right in front of us. So good and got us perfectly fueled for our next endeavor.

Since John had never really been to the Southwest before, I wanted to make sure he saw more than just Tucson, so on our way to Arizona, I wanted to find a fun place to do a trail run.

I wanted a place that wouldn't take us too far out off our route and what I came up with was Tent Rocks. 

I couldn't imagine a more gorgeous place. At first we really did try to do a trail run, but after every turn, we had to stop while our jaws dropped to the ground and we got our camera phones out to take photos. It was overwhelmingly beautiful.

Of course, because it's me and I am much like Lucille Ball, our little run wasn't without its mishaps. While trying to take a shot of the rock formations above me, I got low enough to the ground to accidentally sit on a Prickly Pear Cactus. You'd think I'd never lived in a desert before, but it did give us a running joke for the week. Lord knows, I love to be the butt of any joke. Har har.

While we were there, we ran into a woman who rented a house on the nearby reservation and she said she hikes at Tent Rocks every morning. Lucky lady. She also asked us if we wanted her to take a photo of us against this amazing backdrop. Yeah. I suppose...

John was a very good sport about posing for dorky photos and I really, really do appreciate that about him.

Sadly, we finally had to take off. We still had about 7 hours of driving to get to Phoenix that evening.

Luckily, that driving was also jaw droppingly beautiful. New Mexico and Northern Arizona can cause an accident, the scenery is so amazing.

We made to Phoenix, met with our teammate and had dinner and drinks at a pizza and brew pub. Another perfect day in alternate universe vacation world...


silly rabbit said...

Oh my gosh! You make me want to go along. I love the desert landscapes. Sorry about your butt.
Your happiness really shows. I am glad for you.

A in Austin TX said...

so wonderful to see this and love that you love the SW - We were going to take the boys to New Mexico and Utah this summer but the heat already has us changing our plans so we are going to Montana and Canada in August. I have to get to IA and catch up sometime soon!!

Churlita said...

A., We are planning on being in Austin next January for Cyclocross Nationals. If you can't get to Iowa before then, hopefully we will see you then, and you guys could watch scary off-road bike racing, if you think your boys would be into that.

Also, The Oldest is moving to W. Des MOines to do her student teaching. Weird, huh?

Anonymous said...

Where does the Joni reference come in..