DSCF4351I just came back from two very interesting weeks in Arizona, where I was a maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding, and which I followed up with some travelling around the state.  Some random notes after the trip:

  • Wedding: This was the first wedding I’ve been a part of, and it was very educational. Based on other wedding stories I’ve heard, I was extremely lucky in my friend, who was not at all a Bridezilla, and who went out of her way to accommodate people. The wedding was held at a resort in Phoenix, and the weather was perfect, and there were no real snags, and everyone had fun. Sounds blissful, to me.
  • Phoenix Area: I unfortunately didn’t get to see a lot of Phoenix, beyond Scottsdale (where the wedding was held) and where I stayed.  (And Barnes & Noble, where I got a NookColor!)  However, I did go to Half Price Books in Mesa, at the corner of Superstition Springs and SH 60, where I scored some awesome books.
  • Grand Canyon: Very lucky to go in the winter. The snow made it interesting, and there were fewer tourists. Down side, no mule ride into the canyon, and I wasn’t eager to brave the Bright Angel Trail in full winter.  I’m not sure I understand the grandeur of the Grand Canyon – or perhaps I should say, it’s overwhelming and difficult to grasp. Next time, I’m going to the North Rim and going into the canyon.
  • Sedona: Ten degrees warmer than the Grand Canyon, and absolutely lovely. The red rocks are so warm and inviting, and I got a good hike. Down side, it was too hot to hike in the afternoon (like, blazing, no shade kind of hot), and I toured Uptown Sedona, trying out a buffalo burger and cactus fries, and looking for souvenirs. I have never seen so many wooden guns in my life. Speaking of which…
  • Firearms in Arizona: Arizona just became the first state to have a state firearm, the Colt Single Action Army revolver. It is also one step closer to permitting licensed firearms on university campuses.

And one final thought: If I crashed my car into a ten-foot saguaro cactus, who would win? The Ford, or the saguaro?

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– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.