This trip has been amazing. I reveled in the warmth of the sun and the beauty of the desert for 3 full days. I’m really glad we camped because that gave me the absolute most opportunity to enjoy both the warmth and the scenery. The trip was entirely too short but I’m still glad we went. On Tuesday, I ran a mile on the hotel treadmill before pushing on for our 15 hour drive. It was a long day but it was all so my daughter could see one of her friends before she left on a family vacation. They enjoyed catching up so it was worth the ridiculously long day of driving. Her friend’s mom and I were also close so we got to eat breakfast together after the girls had a sleepover. We got to Phoenix so late though that I didn’t want to set up camp. I was exhausted and it was too dark to enjoy the process. For my run on Wednesday, I ran while my kids hung out with friends at a local mall. I ran through a Marriott resort property, which was lovely but just not the open desert running experience I was looking forward to on this trip. I ran 2 miles through the Marriott property, which was much bigger than I had realized. On Thursday, I got to wake up to this when I unzipped my tent.
I went on a jog/hike where I jogged for 3 miles and hiked for 1 more mile. I’m certainly out of shape for climbing elevation, which isn’t surprising considering Illinois. Here is a pic from my first hike/jog:
I loved every minute on those mountains. On Friday, my legs were a little sore but I knew that wouldn’t stop me from going back out. I took the trail a different direction and got this as my reward:
I jogged 3 miles and hiked 1 again but then we had to head back toward home. It was hard to leave. The temps were a little on the warm side at 78 each afternoon but knowing we were going home to snow and single digit temperatures made the heat more tolerable. We did stop by Sedona before leaving AZ for a hike as a family. The drive into Sedona was a total traffic jam so we turned around and hiked on a trail at the eastern edge of the area. It was still beautiful.
I’m going to be extra sore after sitting in a car all day today but the trip was totally worthwhile. I’m already thinking about my next trip to AZ and the kids and I already have a list going of what we want to do next time. Today I will mourn the end of the trip as I run on a hotel treadmill in Albuquerque.