Event: 2017 Arizona mini-vacation
Culprits: Joel, Wendy, Pat, Chelsea, Linda, Wayne, Jaimie, Kendra, Ella (dog)
I was finally able to take some time off this month! Our plans are to go to the Grand Canyon (I've lived in Arizona for almost 20 years and have never seen it!), Page (near the Utah border), and Sedona.
Part 1: The Grand Canyon
Joel: We left Tucson early to go pick up Wendy's mom from the airport in Phoenix. After picking her up we stayed in Phoenix and we all went to this great brunch place called Fame (pronounced fah-mey... it's french). I judge breakfast places by their mimosas, and this one had a great one. Not as good as my favorite, Prep and Pastry, but pretty darn close. Let's just say it did the job and I didn't get stuck with the driving... at least at first.
On the second day, we were able to see more of the canyon, but it was freezing outside. At times it snowed and the wind was pretty intense. Still, it was the Grand Canyon, so we forged on. At the end of the day we had dinner at the El Tavor dining room. It was super fancy and super expensive, but also super good. I ate quail for the first time. Now when I see quail on the road, I'll think of how delicious they taste with a balsamic glaze and a side of baby carrots. :-)
We bothered one other tourist long enough to get this one-and-only, whole-group shot at the grand canyon. L to R: Jaimie (cousin), Joel, Kendra (cousin), me!, Chelsea (daughter), Pat (mom), Uncle Wayne, and Aunt Linda (mom's sister).