Back From Vacation in Arizona

View of Arizona Landscape From Plane
View of Arizona Landscape From Plane

My husband and I just returned from a long weekend visit to Phoenix, AZ where we visited long time friends. It’s was a great get away and I’m so in awe of the Arizona landscape. It’s desert, but, WOW is it ever dramatic from the incredible sunsets to the plant and wild life and dramatic colors.

Today’s post is just a recap and I will return to my regular blog schedule next week.

Saguaro - Desert Landscape
Saguaro – Desert Landscape

On first glance, the landscape is just brown with a touch of dull green thrown in. On further inspection, however, the plant life and surrounding landscape is teaming with texture and color. Luckily, we didn’t meet any wild life up close and personal. (ie. rattle snakes, coyotes, etc.)

Home Built into Boulders in Carefree, AZ
Home Built into Boulders in Carefree, AZ

We visited an enclave of homes built into a hill side in Carefree, AZ. We were told that these are $1,000,000+ homes, but it sure was fun to look and dream.

Ak-Chin Pavilion Sunset
Ak-Chin Pavilion Sunset

One night, we attended an outdoor concert at the Ak-Chin Pavilion at sunset. The temperatures hovered near 100 degrees F during the day, but cooled off dramatically in the evening to around 65-70 degrees. Just in case you’re curious, we saw Dead and Company with John Mayer.

Moon at Ak-Chin Pavilion
Moon at Ak-Chin Pavilion

This is a later view from our perch at the Ak-Chin Pavilion. 

Phoenix Sunset
Phoenix Sunset

There was even a nice view from our friend’s back yard – an those plants!

Pool Time
Pool Time

Though I’m generally not a pool person, I took advantage of our friend’s pool to cool off during the day. The large flowering tree is an oleander which I’m told grows like a weed in Phoenix.

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