After the fun lunch in Flagstaff, we headed back to Sedona for our scheduled Pink Jeep tour. When I mentioned to a few people at my meeting in Phoenix that I was heading to Sedona, they all said we had to take a Pink Jeep tour. It sounded a little kitschy, but Brian said it was his favorite thing we did all weekend. Mine too, in a tie for the Grand Canyon. It was SO fun, and it allowed us to see Sedona in a different way. Our tour guide, Paul, told us a lot about the vegetation in the area, the history of the red rocks and about what paleontologists and archaeologists have found in the area. Amazing to know that dinosaurs roamed the area! The Jeep took us down the Broken Arrow trail, one of the most popular in Sedona, and at some points, our Jeep was sideways! I read online that kids can take it too, and I thought about how much P would LOVE it one day.
On the tour, it started to sprinkle a little. It never rains out there, so at first we got a bit worried, but then the sprinkles stopped and a beautiful rainbow appeared! We could not believe how beautiful it was! This trip just kept getting better and better.
After the Jeep drive, we were ready for some margaritas! We headed to a Sedona favorite that just happened to be next door to our hotel called Elote. It was one of the best Mexican meals of my life. The margaritas were delicious and every dish was divine – especially the appetizer the restaurant is named for, Elote. It was kind of like a corn dip, but man was it delicious! So fresh! We sat at the bar and thankfully didn’t have to wait too long. The restaurant is notorious for hour long waits any night you go, but we must have gotten lucky. We even got to meet the chef. It was a great dinner. We ordered chocolate cake to take back to our room, but ended up passing out (too much food and margaritas!) and had the chocolate cake for breakfast the next morning! So fun!
We wanted to try to watch the Georgia / Tennessee football game somewhere. It started at 9 a.m. Sedona time, so not too many options for bars. We headed back to L’auberge, knowing they would have Bloody Mary’s and the TV on. We watched the first half of the game, and by that time, more places were started to open, so we moved locales. We went to Canyon Cantina, which is more of a bar atmosphere and watched the rest of the game. It was a close one! I hated to see UT lose, but Brian was of course happy!
After the game ended, we headed over to Tlaquepaque, an old artists colony. There were lots of shops and little restaurants. It was very picturesque. After we walked around a little while, we decided it was time to say goodbye to Sedona.
We made our way to the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe area for our last night there. We waited until the last minute to book our hotel (the day of!) and we ended up finding a little gem of a hotel in Scottsdale called 3 Palms. It was $60/night! Sometimes if you wait until the morning of, hotels will give a DEEP discount so we took a chance and it worked. Once we got into Scottsdale, it started to really rain hard! We decided to hop in Fashion Square Mall, the biggest mall I have ever been in, to wait out the rain. We had plans to explore the Mission and old town Scottsdale. Once the rain finally stopped, we went outside and saw debris and flooding everywhere! It turns out that Phoenix had record breaking rain that day – of course, the day we visit. We thought we would go ahead and check in at the hotel. When we got there, the hotel didn’t have power! We were a little worried, but thankfully, the power was up and running again when we got back later that night.
We drove around Scottsdale and saw their cute downtown area. We decided to head over to Tempe for the night. Brian was wanting to check out ASU, and I am so glad we did! We ate at a cool little place called La Bocca on Mill Ave, the college strip. We walked around checking out the scene and remembering our college days! It was a nice, relaxing night with no plans and nowhere to be. It ended up being a perfect way to spend our last night.
We flew Frontier home the next day, our first time flying them since they have moved into Memphis, and that went fine (other than an hour and half delay). We just missed getting to kiss the kids goodnight, but they were so happy to see us the next morning when they woke up. We missed them, but weekends like this are so important to us! It helps us reconnect and remember that we still really enjoy spending every minute together and exploring stuff together. We are so thankful that Brian’s family stepped in to help with the kids while we were gone.
It will probably be a while before we do another trip, but we are still dreaming of Sedona and hoping to go back one day!