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.
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.
Next stop: Peoria. Seattle Mariners vs. LA Dodgers
Saturday night we had dinner with some Phoenix nieces and a nephew.
No tickets for a Sunday game so we drove up to Sedona for breakfast.
The red rocks around Sedona make for some spectacular landscapes. Here’s a panorama taken with my iPhone at the Airport Mesa Vortex.
On the way to Jerome, we stopped at Tuzigoot, a Native American village of the Sinagua people who lived here between 1000 and 1400.
We hit Jerome and discovered the Jerome Grand Hotel, a former insane asylum.
And who would have thought that a restaurant in the middle of nowhere has a wonderful kitchen and an impressive wine list!
Last day. Spent the morning searching out notable coffee establishments in Phoenix. Then, an afternoon game before flying back to Seattle that evening.
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!