I’m having a blast. It’s been a fun-filled and relaxing time here in Scottsdale, Arizona. The weather is gorgeous and while I enjoy spending a few hours a day at the pool sunning, reading and writing, I also go out for dinner most evenings to some quaint places, walk around the touristy downtown stores and galleries, and Wednesday, took a day jaunt up to Sedona.
We have our friends Larry and Lois who live here with whom we get together with frequently, and my cousin El is staying here for the month in a condo a few minutes away. She had a friend stay with her for the first 10 days and the four girls have been out and about quite a bit together. El’s husband wasn’t well so he chose not to make the trip and my own husband hasn’t been up to some of the longer tours and walking trips, so girl power it has been.
This weekend El and I will be going to the Scottsdale Art Festival and the Cavecreek Western Festival, who knows what we’ll discover there, and what I’ll have to share with you after those ventures.
So far, we’ve been to some fabulous restaurants, one in particular, Isabella’s Kitchen, known for it’s spectacular sunset views. It’s a great Italian restaurant nestled on the start of a golf course up in North Scottsdale. The one night we chose to go there, it was unseasonably cold that evening. The place is open air with mere plastic roll down shades to ward off the wind, good thing we took our jackets with us. Below are some beautiful photos of this property:
Another night we walked around downtown Scottsdale before dinner to work up an appetite and I sat down with a couple of wooden cowboys.
Sedona is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s about an hour and a half drive north of Scottsdale, known for its healing properties at its 3 vortexes and its beautiful red rock mountains. The drive there is a beautiful scenic desert drive.
I revisited the Chapel of the Holy Cross (I wrote about this last year ) and this time while there, met a Bishop visiting there from Australia. He was kind and allowed us to take a picture with him. We chatted for a bit then he blessed us and we parted ways.
We then drove over to Wholefoods, one of my favorite places to grocery shop, and picked up some lunch there, as well as some of their famous store brand dark chocolate with natural honeycomb in the middle.
We then wandered downtown Sedona to visit some shops and I noticed the prices had escalated considerably since my last year visit. I used great restraint and didn’t buy anything other than my yummy chocolate to take back with me.
I made an amateur video tape of us at the Chapel of Holy Cross. I spent over 3 hours trying to shrink the size to get it on here and after all I did, it came out sideways. I’m out of options, there was no way to turn this the proper way without starting over the shrinking process, so please forgive my terrible amateur video venture here with my phone. If you want to see some of these spectacular views, please turn your laptops (or your heads around) to view, lol. Again, sorry I suck at this.
Just before we were getting ready to return back to Scottsdale, we sat for a few moments on a bench to take in the beautiful surroundings, when my eyes focused to the pavement beneath me. My cousin El had noticed the same odd sight. Sure it was just a patch of grass growing through a crack, but El and I both looked at one another and busted a gut as we both noted it looked like someone’s famous hair.
Stay tuned for Art Festival news next week.