Last month my family took a road trip out to Arizona to spend some time with family. We all met in Sedona, Arizona, a place I loved visiting growing up, and spent a few days at a house my aunt had rented. The scenery in Sedona was amazing, and we enjoyed exploring the town. We also took an afternoon to stop by The Grand Canyon, something that blows my mind each time I see it. Near the end of the week we drove over to the Palm Springs area in California (where I grew up!) and I was able to spend a day there before flying back home to get back to work.
Sedona is a beautiful desert city up in the mountains, and the landscape is magnificent. One of my favorite things to do on a family vacation is to get up early, and sit outside with a cup of tea and a book. This was a perfect setting for that, and the higher altitude meant lower temperatures. On the first morning we were there, a few of us got up at sunrise to watch the hot air balloons rising outside. It was so pretty! My mom and I explored downtown Sedona that afternoon, and we found the cutest pie and ice cream shop. The next day we headed out to The Grand Canyon, one of my family’s favorite camping spots in the past. There really is nothing like that view, and I’m in awe every time I see it. I may or may not have used the heat as an excuse to get another ice cream. We headed back to our home for those few days, and enjoyed more family time before driving to California.
Home sweet home
I first moved to the Palm Springs area when I was eight years old, and lived there until I went away to college, so for me, it really is home. I haven’t had the opportunity to visit much over the last few years, so even though I was only there for a day, I made the most of visiting some favorite places. We got coffee at Koffi, and did a bit of shopping at some of my high-school haunts. If you’re ever looking for vintage in Palm Desert, The Fine Art of Design is awesome! Dinner at The Cheesecake Factory was a must, since there isn’t one in Little Rock, and we even all went to see a movie at the theater I spent many a summer night at in my teenage years. I flew out at 6 A.M. the next day, and headed back to reality.