Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oh Phoenix, you always disappoint.

Todd and I got back last week from a quick weekend trip to Phoenix. The original reason for going was to help transport a dog from Phoenix up to St. George, UT. Well, the transport fell through and we were left with tickets to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play the L.A. Dodgers. What to do? Make the hotel reservations and get packed!

We weren't actually planning on staying in Phoenix so it was a mad scramble to find stuff to do there. We had went to Phoenix a few months after we were married to see the Minnesota Vikings play the Arizona Cardinals. The entire trip was terrible (including watching the worst game the Vikings played that entire season! Todd was disappointed as he's the Vikings fan) so we didn't really care much for the place as it is.

The biggest excitement in driving to Phoenix was Todd's car, Ned Flanders, was going to hit a milestone. About 40 miles into Arizona, Neddy hit 100,000 miles!

We actually pulled off at the nearest exit so we could get a picture. This 2003 Pontiac Grand Am will be around forever!!!

We got into Phoenix early Friday afternoon. We checked into our hotel (cannot say enough about Best Western MetroCenter Inn) and jumped into the pool for an hour. Todd and I are used to triple digit heat, but swimming sounded relaxing after the six hour drive. We then got ready and headed to Chase Field.

Todd has a life goal of seeing a MLB game in every pro stadium. This was his 7th and my 3rd.

After the game, we pretty much passed out. I woke up early on Saturday because I was so excited. I was finally going to see Mecca. I was going to IKEA.

I planned this part of our trip more than anything else. I had directions, I had lists of what I wanted and dreams of what to drool over. I. Was. READY!

That is, until we got there. It's amazing but I was sad that I couldn't find anything I really REALLY liked. Granted, we got 375 dollars' worth of stuff, but I was sad that I didn't come home with something super exciting. In fact, I was too busy looking around to get any pictures.

We drove back Sunday and decided to detour into Winslow, Arizona.

 Whenever we're on a road trip, we fight over whose iPods get plugged in. The rule is whoever drives gets to choose the music. Well, I'm much better driving the long distances on the freeways while Todd is great at driving around in cities. This means I got to drive the majority of the I-40. On my iPod, there's an Eagles song called Takin' It Easy. There's a part of the song that goes:
Standin' on the corner in Winslow Arizona
Such a fine sight to see!
It's a girl my lord in a flat bed Ford
Slowin' down to take a look at me...

I HAVE to sing this song every time we pass by Winslow. This time though, we got to actually stop!

There's a gift shop across from this corner that plays up their little claim to fame. Todd and I want to drive route 66, so we'll inevitably come through here again.

So that was our trip. We have very little pictures because we didn't too much except eat a lot of mexican food. Sounds weird but there's only NEW Mexican food here in Albuquerque and sometimes you need that Cali-Mex style food that can be found in Arizona.

Now that we're done with Arizona, we maintain that northern AZ is much better than southern AZ. It's a beautiful mix of forest and desert. Plus, the Grand Canyon is in northern AZ which means it wins hands down.

Now I leave you with the most adorable pictures of guard kitty. Everything is closed in Winslow on a Sunday, but the stores are still being protected! 

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