As some of you noticed, I was MIA this past week, partaking in a good ol’ fashioned family vaycay.
Here in Canada, Spring often likes to take the scenic route if you get my drift. This year our winter has been abnormally long, so it was time to take matters into my own hands! Funny how a simple three hour jaunt by plane can take me from cold and snow…
Phoenix, Arizona! As first timers, we had to take in the sights.
First up, we took a totally bad-ass ride in a hummer through the desert near the Superstition Mountains (I have two teen boys, what can I say?)
Our guide was awesome, and really gave us a huge lesson in geography, desert life and local legends, like the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine.
He even pointed out what a saguaro cactus looks like after it’s hit by lightning–see how the top is sheared right off?
I loved the fact that we managed to catch part of the blooming season, and so it was much greener than other times of the year.
Amazing, isn’t it? We did some hiking, but after my Mount Kilimanjaro climb last year & subsequent Achilles tendon blowout, I was more wary of my limitations.
Out in Sedona, the Red Rock reminded me a lot of the Ngorongoro Crater in Africa. We hiked to Cathedral rock, but I only went part of the way while hubs and the kids went all the way to the top where the vortex is.
We also checked out the Aztec Ruins, Montezuma’s Castle. After seeing the site, I’m convinced that I’ll have to write about this culture. How incredible is that structure?
I also had some fun with angles and colors while there, messing around with some of Stina Lindenblatt’s awesome photography tips.
(If you don’t know about Stina’s Blog, Seeing Creative, then go over and check it out! Not only does she have a not-to-be-missed Friday Round Up for Writers, she also offers insightful writing advice and photography tricks & hints!)
I learned about the desert, and was amazed by how full of life it is. There are multiple sources of food and water to be found, something I never realized.
In fact, now that I’ve seen the desert first hand, I’m tempted to redo the Desert Entry in the Setting Thesaurus!
So there you have it, a fab little week away to recharge the batteries. It was blissful to set writing & blogging aside for a week (even though it meant missing our NEW WEATHER THESAURUS launch!) and just kick back.
Have you taken time to enjoy the world around you lately? If not, ditch the computer for an afternoon and go get yourself some nature!