Saturday, March 4, 2023

Arizona Adventure


It was our 40th anniversary in November and after much discussion on taking a trip to celebrate, we decided on an active one.  Last week, we traveled to Scottsdale and Sedona and as you can see from the photos, it was everything we had hoped for and more.

We hiked in both the Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale and the famous red rocks of Sedona. We drove a two person ATV through the Tonto National Forest and came away covered in mud. We stayed at a lovely resort just north of Scottsdale called The Boulders and loved our private casita with a fireplace.  Since the weather was chiller than expected, the warm fires were welcome and very cozy.  The resort was beautifully landscaped, had bars and restaurants on site and was a great base for our adventures.  The resort bar, complete with comfortable chairs in front of a fire, became our favorite spot at the end of the day.

I googled restaurants with the best views and found a lovely spot for dinner one night in Rio Verde.  We also had a great Mexican lunch in Sedona with perhaps the best margarita of the trip - and I do enjoy a margarita tour.

We have been to Scottsdale before, but on golf trips, so this was very different.  Also, after our tropical Florida life,  the landscape with cactus and mountains in our views was a big change and so fun.  

When you have been married for 40 years and together since college, you have a lot of good memories.  This trip is now added to that list.


  1. Oh, so nice!! You’re saying that it was your 40th anniversary made me sit here and figure out where we are. ( it will be 32 years) Beautiful scenery/ certainly very different than anything we would see! - Jenn

  2. It looks like a lovely trip. The southwest is somewhere I've never been, but we keep talking about going someday. It's so different from the mountains of the northwest where we lived for so long and MUCH different from Nebraska! Thanks for showing us the beautiful scenery and your happy faces and congrations again on 40 years. We'll be 45 on September 1. How can that be?
    Blessings and hugs,

    1. And I have not been to the Pacific Northwest except for Vancouver. On my list for sure!

  3. Even though I have had several friends with homes in Scottsdale and other parts of Arizona...I have never been there..Timing!!..So glad that you had an adventure!! It's beautiful and I'm sorry to have missed going there. Another place I'v wanted to go is the Seattle area and parts of Canada..I guess one can't do everything..Thanks for sharing you pictures and Happy Anniversary!!

    1. I’m used to palm trees and blue water, so the cactus and mountains that surround Scottsdale were so different and interesting.

  4. Beautiful pictures. All that sunshine is so inviting. Glad you had a good time. Happy Anniversary!

    1. Sunshine with cooler temps was very welcome to us Floridians!

  5. What a fun time y’all had!! My bff from Spokane and I did this same adventure! One of best trips ever!!
    Happy anniversary!! Ours in June will be #46…man, oh man, where has that time gone???!!!!!


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