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A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to go on a working trip to the Phoenix, AZ area. I had never been to Arizona before, and I know many people here in Seattle who have ties to the Phoenix area, including my husband. I was excited to check it out!
|Sitting at Seatac getting ready to leave!|
Although it was a work trip, and most of my time there would be dedicated to that, I was excited for having some down time to explore the area! The only thing I was apprehensive about was the mid summer heat. About a week before I was do to leave, it was so hot in Phoenix, that planes couldn't land at the airport.
When I first arrived, it was warm, but not brutally hot. It was the start of the annual storm season, which I guess also drove down the temps.
|Only in the upper 90's!|
After my first day of work, I decided to relax at the pool a bit before heading to North Phoenix to check out a Mexican restaurant. I had some delicious tacos and margaritas before exploring the neighborhood, called High Street
. This area was a very vibrant shopping and dining center with a lot of cool restaurants and bars. Among them, Blue Martini
, a fun spot which used to have a location here in Bellevue, and a Mellow Mushroom
! This was a throwback to my college days, as the "Schroom" has been a presence in Statesboro, GA, where I went to school for years. I couldn't pass it up! I went in for dessert and a local brew.
|Ice Cream and a Beer at the Schroom!|
The next night, after work, I decided to check out Scottsdale, which has a reputation of being the Beverly Hills of Phoenix. Unfortunately, a big storm was rolling in as I drove up there, and by the time I arrived, was raining. I ducked into this little karaoke place in Old Town
, and had dinner, and enjoyed watching some locals singing karaoke.
|Arabian Horse Fountain in Old Town Scottsdale. Arabian horse breeding has ties to the area. |
After dinner, I walked all around town, from the western themed older section to the very affluent riverfront area where all of the shops and upscale hotels are located. I came across a few little boutiques I checked out before heading back to my car. On the way back, I came across a tiki bar
and had to stop for a drink. I love tiki bars, and can't pass one up!
|The fancy part of town!|
|Can't pass up a good Tiki Place!|
On my last evening in Phoenix, I met up with a high school friend who happens to live nearby. We had dinner near the ASU campus and walked around afterwards. It was a really warm and pretty evening!
I really enjoyed my time in Arizona, and I would like to go back some time. My husband, who used to live there, has told me about all of the things he liked to do there. I think a family getaway to the area will be in our future!
|I love desert plants!|
|Cactus at the hotel|
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