A Brief Description of Our Arizona Adventures

20 Feb

We just returned from a trip into the Arizona Territory, which was lucky in one regard. While we enjoyed sunny days in the 80s, our hometown was buried under an ice storm of Biblical proportions. At least, it was the biggest thing witnessed in these parts.

Instead of making a series of posts out of this excursion, I have decided to write about the best thing that we did each day.

Friday – We escaped the freezing blast, but that was not the best part. That came when had dinner on the patio at Scottsdale’s Old Town Tortilla Factory. Enchiladas covered in green chilies. You cannot get better than that.

Saturday – Highlight of the day? Heck, this could be the highlight of the trip. As we drove through Cave Creek, Arizona, I looked to my right and saw a big sign that read True West Magazine Headquarters. This is one of my favorites, and I could not believe that we just happened upon it. Obviously, I had to get a picture.image-22

Sunday – We looked at a lot of art. It is everywhere in the Scottsdale area. On this day, art was purchased. Joe Deru makes bowls, pots and all kinds of things out of wood. This is not just any woodcarving. This is some elaborate stuff. His operation is called Windfall Woods, and everyone should check it out.DSC00378

Monday – This was road trip day, and we made our way to the Red Rock country around Sedona. I delved into some history that needed to be dealt with, but the best thing happened on the way back. We stopped at the Rock Springs Cafe for some of their famous pie.FullSizeRender

My wife got chocolate cream, and I got pecan with a little vanilla ice cream.

Tuesday – Food has been mentioned twice. In other words, we ate quite a bit. That is why the best event of this day was important. We hiked the trail at Squaw Peak. It must be written that peak is the operative word in that sentence. This thing went straight up. Once we got to the top, we had a great accomplishment and a great view.IMG_0637

It was on the way down when we realized that one couple did it twice to our once. Of course, once was enough.

Wednesday – Food has returned. For our last dinner in Scottsdale, we chose Barrio Queen, and it turned out to be the best place of all. My burrito was excellent, and my wife’s choice was just as great. However, neither compared to the fresh guacamole to start things off.IMG_0654

Thursday – It is always good to go somewhere, but it is also always good to return home. We boarded the plane at 70 degrees and landed at 9 degrees. However, that was alright. We had a great time and made it home safely.

12 Responses to “A Brief Description of Our Arizona Adventures”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong February 21, 2015 at 00:38 #

    That sound just great. Good food, warm sunshine, interesting stuff to do. What more could you ask for?

    • Rick February 21, 2015 at 01:19 #

      An awesome time was had by all.

  2. jcalberta February 21, 2015 at 00:39 #

    Looks like a great trip! Heading down there ourselves in about 7 weeks.

    • Rick February 21, 2015 at 01:20 #

      You’ll have a great time. It’s a beautiful place.

  3. shutterbugshea February 21, 2015 at 02:31 #

    Oh boy,the storms are wicked cold!!
    Should you get back to Tucson, on Ajo Way and before Kinney Road there is a little restaurant called Tiny’s!!! I rate it a big Yummy! Stay warm !

    • Rick February 21, 2015 at 03:26 #

      Man, I wish I had known that.

  4. Andrew Petcher February 21, 2015 at 07:08 #

    I stayed in Scottsdale one time, I was on a business trip to visit a waste collection vehicle factory. Good trip!
    I just looked up that True West Magazine – I’d like that!

    • Rick February 21, 2015 at 15:06 #

      It’s a good magazine. I don’t read it all the time, but it has some good articles.

  5. MeglyMc February 22, 2015 at 14:50 #

    Ugh, I wish I knew you were coming here…I could have given you tips. lol

    • Rick February 22, 2015 at 18:34 #

      I will be back. What sort of tips can you offer?

      • MeglyMc February 22, 2015 at 22:14 #

        At the very least…restaurants. Tortilla Factory is mehhhh, and Barrio Queen is okay, but not our best. 🙂

      • Rick February 22, 2015 at 23:26 #

        I can’t wait to see the list.

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