Yesterday was my first day back from a ten day vacation to Arizona, which also included a mini road trip to Nevada and California. It was a nice break from New York’s cold and gloomy weather, and a chance to explore some new places I’ve never been to.
Our first excursion while in Arizona was to an old ghost town, Jerome. It was an old mining town up until the early 1950’s, but was abandoned almost overnight after the demand for copper dramatically decreased.
Driving up to Jerome is an experience in itself, as it is incredibly steep, but the view from the top is amazing.
Despite it’s history, Jerome is a thriving and beautiful little town with a variety of shops and places to eat. Many of the shops sold one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork from local artists.
This tavern (shown above) has been open since the prosperous days of mining and was a popular spot for the miners to stop after work. It has been passed down from generation to generation, and of course we had to stop for a cold one.
Later that day we drove to Sedona, Arizona (I just love how perfectly that rhymes), and took a sunset jeep tour.
Our jeep guide/driver Zach, from Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours, filled the tour with humorous jokes, a history of the trails we took, and pointed out edible plants and tips on survival while hiking.
We ended the night with a dinner of rattlesnake sausage and cactus mojitos at the Cowboy Club. Surprisingly delicious…
The next morning we drove to the Grand Canyon. Pictures do not do it justice is all I can say.
I am still in awe of how incredibly big and beautiful it was.
The rest of our time in Arizona was spent hiking and just doing absolutely nothing. It is nice sometimes to just step away from the habit of a schedule, and Arizona was the opportunity to do so
I unplugged from technology for the most part, and just read some of the books I’ve been meaning to get to, drank iced coffee, and took advantage of the warm weather and outdoors.
Being on the West Coast I had to try In-N-Out.
No those burgers were not all for me…
Stay tuned for part 2 of my trip!