First Days in Phoenix

It is that time of the year again my friends- the long awaited and anticipated Spring Break 2016!

After working hard for a solid 2 months of my spring semester of college (with no breaks I would like to add), you could say that this week long vacation known as Spring Break was necessary for my health and well-being.

I am very thankful that this year I could join my family on our trip to Phoenix, Arizona for the first time!

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My brother, sister and I waiting in line to board our plane.

Our trip started off surprising when we got to the airport at 3:00 AM and the flight attendant upgraded our seats to first class– at no extra cost and for no particular reason! The plane ride was a little over 2 hours long and let me just say that I have never felt so relaxed on a plane before.

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Despite the fact that we were awake at an unreasonably early hour, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching the sunrise above the clouds on our ride down. There is something so majestic about being above the earth and watching as different colors of light dance on the clouds below. I feel that pictures from my iPhone just can’t do it justice.

Once we landed in Phoenix we rented a car and made our way to our hotel. After we were all unpacked and settled in, we just had to do some exploring around Phoenix. First off, let me note that the weather is absolutely gorgeous and the homes each have their own unique but beautiful style (some Spanish, some Italian, some southern). I remember telling my parents on multiple occasions that I was in love with the city.

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We ended up hiking 2,407 feet up to the top of Camelback Mountain (one of the highest points in Phoenix) to get a birds eye view of the city. Although the hike was a bit strenuous, the end result was totally worth it.
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After our hike, we were all feeling very hungry and my younger sister had been begging for us to stop at In and Out Burger, a burger chain popular in the south. We first had tried In and Out when a few years ago when we visited Las Vegas, and ever since then have been craving it!

I’m telling ya, if you are from the midwest you NEED to try In and Out if you are ever in a southern state that has them. It is the most delicious fast food you will find when it comes to a burger and fries. Although not the healthiest of meals after our 3 hour climb, we found  it to be very satisfying.

Our next day in Phoenix was spent driving to Saguaro National Park which is located fairly close to the border of Mexico. Although we were in the middle of the desert, we were surprised by the immense amount of life sustained by the ecosystem. The Saguaro (pronounced Sah-war-o) cacti were by far my favorite part of the park.
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You could say that we are definitely enjoying our time in the sun down here! 

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Worry less and smile more. 

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