Our trip to Arizona, Part 1

What an amazing trip we had! There's way too much to say about it, so I'll try to convey it with pictures…

Day 1: We flew into Phoenix from Seattle, got our rental car, and drove up to Flagstaff, marveling at the cactus' of the Sonoran Desert, and the vastly changing scenery as we headed North. Got into our hostel that night, and bought some groceries for lunches and dinners (hot breakfast was included in our stay).

Day 2: Woke up to realize that hot breakfast meant white and whole wheat wonder bread toast, with cheap jam and margarine, and instant oatmeal packets with hot water, and waxy red delicious apples. Oh my. Oh well- on to the sightseeing!

Sedona-red-rock-cliffs
The incredible view on every side of us, as we drove into Sedona, in Arizona's red rock country (which surprised us by starting out as a one day side trip and quickly became our favorite place to visit over and over again).
Chapel-rock-broad-view

Chapel Rock, named for the beautiful chapel carved into it's side. Breathtaking!
Kids-and-i-with-cactus

The kids and I explore the myriads of different types of cactus' along the path up to the chapel (home schooling science unit, here we come!).
Abbie-and-ry-at-fountain

Abbie and her Daddy, enjoying a restful moment in Tlaquepaque (pronounced ti-lackey-pockey, or something like that!), a gorgeous little shopping village (expensive!!) made to mimic some Mexican village.
Abbie-the-golfer

Abbie tries her hand at mini-golf and gave us a good run for our money!

Day 3: We're off to see the animals…
Kids-and-i-at-out-of-africa

At the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. This park was incredible, for any of you who might visit this area at some point. It was among our favorite days, and we were so impressed by the park- it's caring staff, amazing animals, and constant shows, tours and fun things to do!
Caden-touching-snake 

Both kids willingly touched this snake, and then, because they did it…
Me-touching-snake

I had to!!! (Barely- I think I lasted about 5 seconds, as my children stroked this thing like it was a puppy dog! Seriously, I don't do snakes. *Shudder*)
Tiger-flying-off-fence

This, my friends, is a full size untamed tiger, flying in midair. They have this show called Tiger Splash, where they play (I kid you not), in a large grassy arena and pool with several tigers. It was phenomenal and completely crazy that they do this without getting seriously injured. It look like they were playing and wrestling around the way you would with your dog (you know, a gigantic dog with huge teeth and claws!).

Ry-feeds-kibo-the-giraffe 

Ry and Abbie feed Kibo the Giraffe,

Feeding-humphrey-the-camel 

while I get to connect a little with Humphrey the camel, as we took a safari ride in a bus with no windows.

Tired-babies-at-out-of-africa 

Tired babies fall asleep as we watch the animals being fed in the later afternoon. We drove home happily a little while later, stopped at Safeway to end the breakfast torture by picking up some items of our own choosing, and to get a good sleep before heading to the Grand Canyon the next day.

I thought I could do these photos in only two parts, but I think it's gonna be more like three. I admit, it's entirely self-gratuitous and I'm posting these pics in large part for me and the grandparents who read this blog (hi grandparents!). Bear with me a day or two? :) I promise, real content is in the works!

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. I like the Sedona photos- just north of Sedona in the national forest is one of our favorite places to camp. “Tlaquepaque” is Mexican Spanish for “whippersnapper”; I love that word.

  2. the cactus are really cool. Looks like lots of fun.

  3. I really enjoy hearing about your trip. I’ve lived in Arizona my entire life, and am overly familiar with all the places you are talking about, so it’s kind of fun to hear an outsider’s perspective.
    Makes me appreciate my surroundings a little more:)

  4. I so enjoyed your trip through the photos—looked like a wonderful time–can’t wait to see part 2:)

    Julieann