Friday, May 30, 2014

Arizona vacation Part 2 - Sedona and the Pink Jeep tour

This is a continuation of my vacation journaling (Part 1). We arrived in downtown Sedona on the Monday after Easter around lunch.  We had already scheduled our Pink Jeep Tour (check out the videos) for 2pm.

We had lunch at the Cowboy Club, a nice, touristy bar and grill, then we headed over to the Pink Jeep tour office.  We picked the 3-hour Broken Arrow / Scenic Rim tour.  The jeeps were super cool, the views were breath-taking, and the trip itself was an adventure!

Crazy beautiful, huh?

Hubby having a good time.

A pink jeep ahead of us on the tour.

More breathtaking views.

Ruts in the road from all the off-roading vehicles.

My son quickly became a little rock climber.  He was having a blast.

My big boy was very excited to make it to the top.

The whole family.

This picture shows a fault line, and the dramatic shifts that have occurred over time.  The bleached looking shape was a complete circle at some prior point in time.

Dad and son make it to the top.

Another view that shows how high up we were.

The family with the Pink Jeep.

An Agave plant in bloom.  After blooming ,the entire plant will die.  They usually live for 20 or so years before blooming.

The Pink Jeep behind us going over the crazy route that we just traveled.

The road less traveled (unless you are brave and have an off-roading vehicle!
The Pink Jeep tour was amazing, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to see the amazing natural sites around Sedona.  The tour guides are personable and knowledgeable.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vacation journaling: Our trip to Arizona, Part 1

A few weeks back we did a family trip to Arizona.  After the polar vortex winter here in Michigan, we desperately needed some warm weather.  I'm going to do a little online journaling about our trip -- partially to share, partially to record our trip before it fades from my memory.

We arrived in Phoenix, Arizona on Easter Sunday in the early evening, but we still had another leg in our journey -- a drive to Sedona (about 2 hours) -- before we arrived at our resort.

We had planned to visit a local restaurant in Phoenix for dinner that we found on Drive-ins, Diners and Dives (our favorite source of local food flair).  However, we arrived at the restaurant -- a family-owned Mexican restaurant -- and it was closed for Easter (duh... should have realized that!).  Anyway, we ended up at a Jack In The Box -- a fast food place that we had never visited; so we got a new experience, even if it was only fast food. Then we continued onto Sedona.  We arrived at the Enchantment Resort after dark, and couldn't see much of the landscape.  However, we quickly realized that the resort was a great pick.  We started with a friendly tour of the resort by one of the staff, and he took the kids and myself in a golf cart over to our room.

We awoke the next morning to one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  The view out the door of our hotel was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

A view from the resort

My eager family ready for breakfast.

Just outside of the resort grounds is a public forest/park.  We could access an easy (kid-friendly) trail for a short hike right from the resort.

A view of our hike.  Yes, the soil is that red. 

Do you see the lizard? (Center, on the log.  He is partially shaded)

Another lizard (center, a bit from the bottom).

Another creature -- he has stripes (center, a little to the right).

Yes, this was the view from the resort!
After our hike in the morning, we headed into downtown Sedona.  More to come!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My hubby, the Samurai, throws out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers Game!

This has been an amazing day for my hubby.  My husband got to star in a commercial advertising the Samurai exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  We've had a great time watching him when the ad plays on TV.  This has been topped off when the DIA asked him to be a Samurai for the day, ending the day by throwing out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers Game!

You can find more pictures of him by looking on Twitter for the hashtag #samuraiselfie.

Here's an article that was written about his pitch!


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