PHOENIX, AZ for Sister Sarah’s Graduation, Hiking, & Family

The beard starting growing like crazy when I quite my job!!! lol
Congrats AZ on making it 100+ years! I vote one of the best state flags and logo design here! The “sun” feel in the starburst is definitely reflected in the scorching hot landscape! lol

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Go Sarah!! She already got a new job in her field as a Physical Therapist! Congratulations!!

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We went hiking on some beautiful rock formations out in the plateaus of the Arizona desert 🙂  It’s interesting.. The land is so flat out here, even getting 15, 20, 30 feet up gives you miles and miles of views across the desert. 50 feet up, and it’s like you can see the whole world! My Sister Sarah and her friend Ally on a peak across from me. Beautiful skies out here!

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Sarah and I visited the Montezuma’s Castle National Monument in the National Park System near Sedona, AZ. (Never mind that Montezuma never came here, along with many other things lol Gave me some new ideas for housing and shelter though! Next time I go camping in the Southwest, I might try to find a cave-like dwelling to relax in for a while.. 🙂

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A panoramic view of the beautiful AZ sky and desert valley floor. The sundial worked! 😉 It’s amazing how different the temperature and foliage is driving from the flat, hot desertscape of Phoenix into the hills driving North towards Sedona. From cacti to trees, from smoking hot to a nice warm breeze (with the top down of course ;), and a totally different physical geography.. Just an hour away!

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Green Chiles Rock!!! This sloppy, heart-clogging burger comes with one of my recent favorite ingredients.. Green Chiles!!! They are all over the Southwest, AZ, and especially New Mexico. Can add it to almost anything!! I had an amazing green chile soup on the way back through Albuquerque later in my trip.. This was awesome!!! And had to counteract all that hiking!! lolIMG_2691

A big thanks to my Aunt Lisa and Sarah for letting me crash at their place in Phoenix! 😉

Cross-Country Road Trip – Leaving CA!

After quitting my job the day before my 32nd birthday, visiting my nephew and family, doing some volunteering, helping my Uncle sort and pack up some things,
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throwing a surprise party for an awesome person, Michelle!

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and tying up some loose ends.. it was time to get started on the road trip across the country


No specific route.
No real plans, except some cities in mind.
And a new (to me) convertible to check it all out in!

Of course, I always start my trips on Highway 1.. this time, traveling towards Southern California, through Riverside, out to visit my Sister for her Graduation!
> HWY 1 from SF Bay Area to SoCal – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this coastline!!

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> And off to AZ!!