P and I went on a little trip with his parents to the southwest over New Year’s. It was so cold! The Grand Canyon was -20F at night. We had to shuffle a few things around as roads were closed due to some major snowstorms. But we still had a lovely time.
We flew into Las Vegas, stayed the night, and then headed to the Hoover Dam. Here I am with my sweet MIL under the new bridge.
And then off we went to the Grand Canyon. We almost had to skip the Canyon because of weather, but the roads cleared and we made it. I was so excited!
It was so cold there were few people hiking. We had most of the lookouts to ourselves.
We spotted a few Elk and mule deer.
We stopped at Montezuma’s Castle on the way to Sedona. A five-story dwelling built into the side of a cliff more than 800 years ago. Wow!
There were Sycamore trees in the area. In the summer you can feel the water rising skyward under the bark. In the winter, though, they’re just pretty.
We took the back roads to Sedona and it was unbelievably beautiful.
We arrived at sunset and the red mountains were brilliant!
In the morning we went for a little sunrise hike
In Phoenix we visited with some of P’s family. They had three grapefruit trees in the backyard. We picked a suitcase full and brought them home. That was a highlight, for sure!
I love climbing trees. Especially when it involves food.
Some of the fruits were enormous!
Finally, on the way to the airport, we drove up South Mountain to see the city and find some Saguaro cacti for a photo-op. I couldn’t pass up this guy with a face!
I hope you, too, had a wonderful start to 2011!