Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Arizona does Winter

This past weekend, two of my closest work friends came to visit Phoenix for the first time. Funny, as I type that I got to thinking about how I put the “work” designator on my relationship with them. I haven’t worked with either for over a year, I work in Atlanta, they work in Chicago and St Louis. I think that it is safe to call them some of my closest friends. But I digress...

Since the Midwest has received a firm kick in the nuts from mother nature over the past two weeks, they were both looking forward to enjoying some sunny R&R. The result? Rain. Granted, it was in the 60s most of the time, but it rained off and on the entire weekend. FML.

Never the less, since Phoenix is a giant suburb and they were only in town for two days we decided to make the most of the relatively “nice” weather and head up to Sedona, AZ. Like I said in my last post, short of the Grand Canyon, Sedona is one of the prettiest and most touristy areas in Arizona. I couldn’t decide what was more amazing: How pretty the rock formations were or how ridiculous some of the little shops were (fortune telling, about 6 stores for jeep tours of the rocks, about 30 jewelry stores focusing on turquoise).

Here are some pictures that I snapped:

All of us in front of some of the rocks. The picture doesn’t do the rocks justice and doesn't do my rippling muscles justice

We stopped to eat on the way there. However, for some reason they decided to put up a HUGE sign advertising where the entrance was…..only to then put it on the other side of the building.

An artsy picture that I took inside of The Chapel of the Holy Cross overlooking the rocks.

My favorite picture of the trip. I tried to make the colors a little more vibrant (as I remember them)

All in all it was a fun day trip. I had hoped to see a bit more snow than we did but, until I get to Iowa for Christmas, this picture from 5 miles or so away will have to work. This is how Arizona does Winter:


11 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Dude - you got yourself a posse! Sweet!

Pat said...

Sedona is beautiful. Oak Creek is too. It's just north of their.

RunnuRMark said...

that is a nice place, indeed. I'll have to try and make it back there someday. But I haven't made it to the grand canyon yet in my 4 or so trips to AZ, so that needs to come first.

Morgan said...

When Spike came to visit the weekend before last I thought for sure the Florida sun had conspired against me... it rained and was yucky all weekend. How on earth am I ever supposed to convince him to move here with crap like that!??!

Love the pics, thanks for sharing! Looks like ya'll had fun!

The Sean said...

Arizona is beautiful in white

Spike said...

beautiful picts, and a kick in the nuts is about right.

Home Away said...

fun weekend!!!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

memories of when I was there as a child! I gotta get back out there, love the pics!

Christy said...

Love the Arizona red rock. Reminds me of home.

aron said...

beautiful pics!!

Ulyana said...

Adam, I've got 2002 income now Panama too affluent person can you be. GOOD DAY!

Sorry, that spam comment was just too funny.

Those photos are gorgeous. One of my most favorite trips is the one I did in the car driving from Denver to San Diego through Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. Some of the views were very similar to your photos (that just might be b/c I was in AZ, haha!).