Excuse this interruption in our regular scheduled programming, but this last weekend my family came to visit me! And we were having way too much fun for me to be working on a blog post. Since everyone left yesterday, I will however leave you with this photographic recap and a quick list of highlights of our long weekend together. It was my grandparents, brother and sister-in-law’s first time down to see me in Arizona, so we went as all-out as we could during our time together.
2. Going to North for dinner to stuff our faces with delicious housemade Italian.
3. Stopping at Montezuma Castle National Monument on our way to Sedona.
4. Lunching at the Euro Deli in Sedona and bought chocolate from its little European grocery section.
5. Overphotographing the gorgeous views of Cathedral Rock at Red Rock Crossing (also known as the Crescent Moon Picnic Area) and someone may have played in Oak Creek while we were there.
6. Sipping coffee and iced tea at the Heart of Sedona Coffee Bar while playing Kings in the Corner (this would be only the first of so many installments of this game throughout the weekend—my grandma loves it. It got pretty competitive toward the end when we started playing for money).
7. Viewing, walking and dining in downtown Sedona. I especially enjoyed asking the candle maker at the Global Candle Company 102 questions about candle making and eating the tastiest South American/South Western/Mexican/just plain delicious food at SaltRock (they even gave my grandparents free dessert and a card for their 60th anniversary).
8. Brunching at my favorite, the Herb Box in Scottsdale.
10. Driving and some short walking in Old Town Scottsdale, my old stomping grounds. (And eating dinner at an unnamed Mexican food restaurant because we had a pretty bad experience).
11. Hiking Brown’s Mountain at Brown’s Ranch (Brown’s Ranch Trail to Brown’s Mountain Trail all the way up to the summit; out and back) in Scottsdale with my brother and sister-in-law, who really just crushed it.
12. Stuffing our faces afterward with the whole family at JJ’s Deli.
13. Working off our JJ’s stuff-session with a walk around downtown Phoenix before parking it on the patio at Cibo for my favorite gluten free pizza.
14. Relaxing outside on the patio with books, more cards (including the very beginning of my bridge lessons), wine, coffee (not together), apple crisp and conversation.
Best weekend ever. P.S. I take visitors all year long and am now accepting reservations.
Regularly scheduled programming will begin again on Friday with a recipe I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. Stay tuned.