Back from the Big Ditch

So our trip was pretty amazing! We had some ups and downs (including a lost camera that later got found, a broken camera, too much $$ spent, problems at the airport, and coming home to 2 sick kitties that had to be put down this morning), but otherwise it was a great trip. For now we are mourning the loss of our two family members, Cali and Bailey (often referred to as Boulie). I will tell more on them later. For now, the trip…

Our first full day in Phoenix consisted of a group trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens and then a trip into the Superstition Mountains to visit Tortilla Flat for hamburgs and beers. Both were awesome!

My dad had to go to his conference, so day two was mom, Beth and I taking a trip to Taliesin West for my mother because she has been studying architecture in school and wanted to see this house. Not really mine and Beth’s bag, but we went with her to make her happy. It was pretty interesting to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, however, especially since I knew little about him. Then we drove into the mountains to see the Sears-Kay Ruins, which gave Beth and I an opportunity to take a small hike which we enjoyed.

Day three was wasted trying to go to a Swap Mart that was crappy, although I got two really cute hippy skirts out of it. We drove to my Godfather’s house after and stayed the night. Day four was to the really good swapp Mart in Glendale where we spent tons of money on all kinds of stuff, including baskets, salsa, jewelry (tons of turquise), hippy skirts, fossils, and tons of fun.

Day five was a trip to Sedona to see the red rocks and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. We also ate and did some shopping in town. We stayed to get some amazing sunset pictures of the rocks. It is a pretty amazing place to see! We drove to Flagstaff to stay the night.

Day six was our grand adventure to the Grand Canyon. We drove to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and through the painted dessert to get there. We stopped and saw the Wapatki Ruins. SO AMAZING! And then we drove to the “Big Ditch.” The funny part is that is was FREEZING–20 degrees or something. It was colder here than it was in Alaska! It was truly remarkable! For a big ditch, it takes your breathe away! We took so many pictures and could not believe how massive it is! I loved it and cannot wait to take David!

More to come later…


  1. La said:

    Linda and I might need a guide when we go- lots to do, WOW!

    January 23, 2007
  2. hot mama said:

    I saw some of the pictures that you took. I wish you would post some of those. This one was a great one of your family but there were some others too. You need to get the one of your mom in her hat and poncho. So cool. Mom

    January 19, 2007

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