We've had a few people ask us why in the world we would leave Las Vegas to visit some place even hotter. Good question!
Well, once you're in the hundreds what's two more degrees, right? But in truth, it's all about a change of scenery and the opportunity to visit some place new. And the 4 1/2 hour drive makes it totally doable.
One observation we made about Phoenix and the Arizona desert . . . . it is so much greener! Our desert is just brown - lots of dirt. But across the Arizona desert there are so many more plants (kinda jealous of all the Saguaro cactus), and there was even a pretty green grass ground-cover or tiny yellow flowers across many areas. Again and again, Scott and I were stunned at how much greener it is there. And we're really not sure how that happens because they are hotter than us. Hmm.
Anyways, we are glad we got to experience a bit of Arizona. It looked like there were lots of cool and interesting things to do there, but not on a 106 degree day. So we stayed close to the resort pool.
We swam. Scott found golf to watch on the outdoor tv. I started reading a new book. The boys played water volleyball with a few other boys. And we participated in a few activities around the pool. There was the frozen t-shirt challenge, brain freeze challenge (first person to finish drinking a cup of slushy ice water wins - see photo below), and a watermelon eating contest.
I loved that all the activities were planned for us and free!
We did venture out for dinner. I was in the mood for some good mexican food and I got several recommendations from family and friends. We settled on Gallo Blanco and it was great. Oh, the guacamole! The guacamole included orange chunks -- I've never heard of such a thing, but it was so good! And kids under 10 eat free - woot!
For dessert we went to Sweet Republic, an ice cream shop that has been featured on the Food Network. It was pretty amazing. The homemade ice cream, the homemade waffle cones. Dee-lish.
Alright Arizona, you are on the good list. Thanks for the getaway!