Arizona. We came, we saw, we loved.
Our fourth month in the desert flew by. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect when we left the south in June, but I don’t know that we knew what a fantastic experience our four month extended honeymoon would be.
To our little hotel suite, with its tiny kitchenette, huge desk, desert themed photos, and ever failing internet. You were just what we needed and more. Despite the hotel turning off the AC half way through October so that our room became boiling at 80 degrees (really, we can’t be happy because without the heater is was 59 degrees), and despite the monsoons through the summer that curbed our camping exploits, we really could not have had a better time.
We had a whole crew that went to the same church every Sunday. The church was a great little place with good people and a good culture and great taste in music. This one Sunday the boys all dressed alike.
We went to see Smallfoot! Guys. It is such a cute movie. Will and I really enjoyed ourselves. It is funny and feel-good and we left much happier than when we went in. This was also our first time at this tiny theater and Will discovered that I love the candy “Dots.” Anyone else with me? They’re delicious!
I finished the seventh Harry Potter book and had intentions to read the following “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” when we got to North Carolina, but our storage unit flooded and that book was one of the casualties.
(Don’t worry I will blog about the storage unit catastrophe later.)
Book seven was way better than I remember it being and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
I also almost killed us one night while making spaghetti. I (accidentally) poured almost this entire thing of garlic powder into the sauce. Let’s just say, we will be safe from vampires for quite a while.
I ran out of contacts right before moving home so I popped into an eye doctor to update my prescription. The doctor was probably the nicest eye doctor I have ever had and was super awesome. If you are ever in need of an optometrist in Sierra Vista, Arizona, head on over to the Walmart vision center. You know I wouldn’t steer you wrong!
Our months in Arizona were packed with adventures, and October was no different. We began the month with a trip out to San Diego to visit Will’s family (blog post linked here), and over Will’s birthday weekend we explored Bisbee a little more with some friends.
The Queen Mine Tour was so much fun! If you are in the area and have the chance to go, you definitely should! It is on our list of favorite things we did while in Arizona.
We wore our warm clothes, got decked out in fluorescent vests, hard hats and flashlights, and set out underground with a hilarious and informed tour guide. We told him we were from North Carolina and he decided to use the two of us for examples on the tour a couple times.
After the tour we drove into the historic part of town for an incredible steak dinner at Cafe Roka. Another place we would highly recommend! Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. They are only open three days a week and serve some absolutely exquisite food. The friend we went with was born in Bisbee so she knew everyone and we were treated very well. It was a blast!
Our very last hurrah was to visit Saguaro National Park. It was the perfect bookend to our incredible Arizona experience.
If you want to see more photos of Saguaro, check out the blog post here. To be honest, when I think of the desert I definitely think of these cacti, which are actually called Saguaros. They are the universal symbol of the American West, can live up to 200 years, weigh more than a ton, and will probably grow to be more than forty feet tall. If there was one thing we did not want to miss before heading back to the east coast, it was spending a sunset with this incredible plant life.
I’m not going to lie. Writing this blog post has been hard! We had SO much fun in Arizona and made so many great memories. Saying goodbye has definitely been bitter sweet. We miss our people, our mountains, and our animal style In-N-Out burgers. The authentic Mexican food is making my mouth water as we speak.
Really, I am just so grateful that we had such an amazing time. I am grateful that we had the opportunity to call Arizona home for a few months. That we got to explore so many amazing National Parks. That we got a little bit of time, just the two of us, to established our marriage. And that we had so many amazing people championing and supporting us through all of it.
Thank you all so much for everything.
Don’t worry—now that we are back in North Carolina, the exploring is not ending! It might change a little bit, but if there is one thing I have learned in my thirty years (UGH I still hate saying that. Thirty.) it is that life is always an adventure.
Until next time,