The Fairmont Princess Hotel in Scottsdale Arizona created a large green park setting in the middle of the desert. The grounds really make you feel as if you are not in such a dry location. This stunning private park contain orange trees, various birds, and a pond at the center.
I had always wanted to take a vacation to San Diego, but had only driven through several times never staying to enjoy the area. Last Spring, my family and I drove to the coast. When we entered San Diego, as soon as we rolled down our windows, the moisture and fragrance overtook our senses. The fresh air was wonderful. After living in Arizona for over a year, we missed the smells of flowers, trees, and the ocean.
A couple places we visited were Sea World and Coronado Beach.
Pictures of Sea World below:
The weather looked more similar to the Pacific coast of Washington state than California; however, Coronado Beach stayed warm even though it was a bit windy.Hotel del Coronado. They made the best smoothie I had ever had.
Camping at the local KOA. A great place for families to set their kids loose. They have a jumping pillow, pool, playground, a train on the weekends that drive around the grounds, activities, and more.
I loved taking pics of this wonder. The complimentary colors with it’s orange/red rock layers competing with the blue sky created the perfect site for photography.
My family and I visited the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We walked the trail from Mather Point to Yavipai Point, which measured around half a mile. I recommend the view from Yavipai over Mather because you can see just a bit more, however, all angles display stunning vantage points.
Since I’m from Washington state, I am used to experiencing a real pumpkin patch. I love the green fields with the pumpkins freshly cut from their stems waiting to be found. The rows of plants can be a long walk, going on for acres. However, in Arizona, pumpkins fields are a rarity and if they do have them, then the patch is so small that you can hardly tell it’s a pumpkin field. Arizona’s really makes me long for fall time in the Northwest.
Here’s a “pumpkin patch” at McDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
A little over 40 miles northeast of Bellevue, located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, lays the trails of Wallace Falls. The trail guide you along three sections of waterfalls: lower, middle, and upper.
Making the journey all the way to the end of the Falls trail puts you in at 2.8 miles, but if you still have energy after that stair-master of a hike, you can travel almost another mile and half to the breathtaking Wallace Lake.
Once you’re off the Falls Trail, you’ll need to look closely for blue markers in the trees to let you know you’re going the right way. Soon as the view of the Lake comes into view, you’ll be so happy you powered through to get to there!