Arizona 2016

My daughter, Jennifer, is a huge Seattle Mariners fan. In March she got tickets for a couple of spring training games in Arizona and invited me to go along. So, in addition to watching some baseball, we visited the Desert Botanical Garden, Sedona, an ancient Native American archeological site, and the old mining town of Jerome.

Landed!

Landed!

Our Saturday game didn’t start until 1:00 PM so we used the morning to stop by the Desert Botanical Garden. If you are ever in Phoenix, I’d put this place on your ‘don’t miss’ list.

The day we were there was Artist Day so there were artists everywhere

The day we were there was Artists Day so there were artists painting en plein air

A big change from the rainy Pacific Northwest

A big change from the rainy Pacific Northwest

A "crested" Saguaro cactus

A “crested” Saguaro cactus

Saguaros may live for more than 150 years and grow to be over 40 ft tall

Saguaros may live for more than 150 years and grow to be over 40 ft tall

We were there for lots of blooms

We were there for lots of blooms

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These birds must have tough feet!

These birds must have tough feet!

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George's favorite rock

George’s favorite rock

Next stop: Peoria. Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers

Capacity crowd for a sunny Saturday afternoon game

Capacity crowd for a sunny Saturday afternoon game

One Mariner fan; one Tarheel fan

One Mariner fan; one Tarheel fan

Would like to claim that we caught a fly ball but it was actually the kid sitting next to us

Would like to claim that we caught a fly ball but it was actually the kid sitting next to us

Saturday night we had dinner with some Phoenix nieces and a nephew.

John, Angie, Jason, Amanda, Riley and Rowan

John, Angie, Jason, Amanda, Riley and Rowan

No tickets for a Sunday game so we drove up to Sedona for breakfast.

Hot air balloons along the way

Hot air balloons along the way

The Coffee Pot Restaurant

The Coffee Pot Restaurant

Need to come back to try the other 100 omlets

Need to come back to try the other 100 omelets

Reading up on vortices so we can explore them around Sedona

Reading up on vortices so we can explore them around Sedona

The red rocks around Sedona make for some spectacular landscapes. Here’s a panorama taken with my iPhone at the Airport Mesa Vortex.

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A Japanese tourist experiencing the energy of a vortex

A Japanese tourist experiencing the energy of a vortex

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Lying on a rock looking up at the sky

Lying on a rock looking up at the sky

On the way to Jerome, we stopped at Tuzigoot, a Native American village of the Sinagua people who lived here between 1000 and 1400.

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The original pueblo had 87 ground floor rooms

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We hit Jerome and discovered the Jerome Grand Hotel, a former insane asylum.

Entrance to the restaurant, appropriately named 'Asylum'

Entrance to the restaurant, appropriately named ‘Asylum’

Just in time for Happy Hour

Just in time for Happy Hour

And who would have thought that a restaurant in the middle of nowhere has a wonderful kitchen and an impressive wine list!

Signature soup

Signature soup

Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb

And a 90+ Australian Shiraz

And a 90+ Australian Shiraz

Last day. Spent the morning searching out notable coffee establishments in Phoenix. Then, an afternoon game before flying back to Seattle that evening.

Seats right behind home plate

Seats right behind home plate

Hey, that's us on TV! Four rows up on the left side of the isle.

Hey, that’s us on TV! Four rows up on the left side of the isle.

Another great trip. Only downside was that our plane was several hours late leaving Phoenix. Then when we got to Seattle, the Jetway wasn’t functioning properly so everyone had to deplane down stairs from the rear of the plane. At least it wasn’t raining!

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Arizona 2016 — 2 Comments

  1. So so correct on your observance that the Gardens are a must. Lovely photos John!