As month three in Arizona pulled to a close, Will and I quickly realized that there were only a few weeks left in the desert before we will be moving back to North Carolina. What a whirlwind we have had out here!
In month three we settled into a little bit of a routine. We went on a few adventures here and there, but also found ourselves staying at home a little more often. I spent my time watching the last month of Big Brother season twenty (yes, it’s still on the air, and this was a FANTASTIC season), working my butt off in the workout program 80 Day Obsession, and working remotely for a company back in North Carolina.
I discovered the folly of bringing hot coffee on errands when it’s still summer in the desert. AKA, don’t. I didn’t drink any of it and was lucky to make it home alive after leaving the house in the afternoon.
We also found this fantastic Jurassic Park Jeep and decided that whoever owns it needs to be our BFF ASAP.
There is a fantastic mountain right behind our hotel. One Saturday we hadn’t planned to do anything, so after lunch we took our books up to the top and sat together to read and enjoy the view. I’ll be honest, the attacking bees, wasps nests, and plethora of ants were a little off putting but otherwise we had a fantastic afternoon.
I have mentioned before that Will and I love shopping on holidays. We always need things, and the things we need are often expensive. So we try to wait for holiday sales to really get our money’s worth. We drove up to Tucson on Labor Day this year to hit the outlets.
I picked up a couple pairs of jeans from Old Navy for fifty percent off. We also stopped by Nike, which had great sales compared to last year. Will got a lot of new workout gear he’s been needing and I picked up a couple things as well. I also stopped in J. Crew for some shorts and, in a surprise twist, walked out of Kate Spade with my first piece that was seventy-five percent off!
Also, shameless plug—my sister is a Mary Kay consultant if you’re in the market for one! I’m sure she would love to help you!
Our food experiences in Arizona have absolutely never disappointed. From some classic Taco Bell hot sauces (secretly probably Will’s favorite fast food restaurant) to some breakfast bowls in which you can see all the ingredients from a local cafe, we are basically eating our way through our time in the desert.
I was SUPER excited to finally find the holiday section tucked away in my grocery store and brought home our supply of pumpkin spice. It was a blessed day! We also went on a date night to our favorite Mexican food joint—La Casitas. It is deliciously dangerous and we almost missed our movie (A Simple Favor) because we were enjoying ourselves so much.
The Grand Canyon
We woke up at 3am, got ready, ate breakfast, and then drove about an hour to get to the park before sunrise. It was incredible. We stood there for an hour, easily, to witness the canyon see the first light of day. I never regret early mornings while on vacation if the purpose is to experience a sunrise like this. It’s probably one of my favorite things to do, and something I very rarely do in my everyday life.
We spent the rest of our day at the canyon hiking the rim trail—12.2 miles. It was an amazing seven hours in the presence of one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world.
Once we had completed the hike, part of which was in the pouring rain, we hopped on a shuttle back to the visitor center to stamp our National Parks Passports and then learn a little more about the park before heading back to our hotel in Williams.
This diagram of the Grand Canyon at the visitor center was really cool. It was awesome to see where we had been all day.
Once back at our hotel room, we crashed for several hours and then ordered pizza to eat in bed while we watched Harry Potter. Now if that isn’t a perfect day, then I don’t know what is.
Our first time camping together (ever) was a bit of a disaster, and you can read that blog post here. To be fair, mostly we were just ill-prepared and already a little grumpy before we even left the house. But sleeping in a tent in the fresh air and under the stars is always worth it.
I have been dying to test out my tent since I bought it, and these views were certainly impressive. My absolute favorite thing about being in Arizona has been the outdoor exploring we have been able to do. Exploring like this was not something we were able to do back on the east coast, but we’re resolving to change that.
As our time here in Arizona is pulling to a close, we’re busy building lasting memories, cherishing the time we have left, and watching all of the Harry Potter movies in existence. #NoShame
If you have any suggestions for things to explore in southern Arizona or adventures we should go on back in North Carolina, leave them in the comments below! We would love to hear them!
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