Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Phoenix, the "Dry Heat" (Day 1)

Someone mentioned to me the other day that I haven't posted in awhile, and I tend not to post when I get busy or when I've just returned from vacation. It always takes me about a week just to catch up on everything in my life after my travels! Luckily that is the case this week. In the next few days I will be sharing stories and pictures from my recent trip to Arizona.

A lot of times I hear, "Boy, you sure do travel a lot!" Yes, I love seeing new places, taking pictures, trying new cuisine, walking around, and hiking around in nature. I hate booking hotels and flights though. Whenever I log onto, I feel like my soul has been crushed. Luckily for me, my boyfriend is a hotel and flight booking wizard. To paint a picture for you, he looks up hotels in his spare time for fun. He also has some pretty awesome travel benefits through work, which has afforded us an incredibly valuable opportunity to travel as often as we do. That being the case, we're a little "biased" in the hotels that we stay at, so I won't mention those by name.We want to take advantage of the opportunity while we have it, because you never know when things might change.

We left on a Friday evening after work and got into Phoenix, AZ late at night. Just about the only place open to eat was a 24-hour-diner, 5 & Diner, so we went there after a local recommended the chicken pot pie to us. I have never seen this before, but in Arizona, because of the dry heat, all the outdoor patios have misters (Not like Mr.'s, but you know, misters). Coming from DC, I had a hard time believing anyone would want to actually add humidity to the air:

I also spotted this kooky van outside the restaurant - with a wizard riding a horse, chasing a flying dragon, flying towards a tiger, outside a castle. Drug reference or mythical fairy tale?

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