We left the house at around 5:10am. Its probably the first trip ive ever had where I did not leave an hour late than scheduled. I guess its only because im with my husband and my inlaws... their always on time! :)
It indeed was a good start. We stopped by 7/11 to get some ice for our cooler. I thought its gonna be longggggggg drive on our way to our first destination which is in kfc for lunch. But the next thing i know, we were there in phoenix. it was 11 am when we got there. almost 6 hrs but it seemed like we just left the house. Probably out of excitement and the energy of the ppl that im with, time flew in just a snap.
The heat of the sun.
KFC in phoenix. When we got off the car, we just cant wait to get in to kfc. It got me worried that our whole trip from day 1-3 will be as hot. Although ofcourse i know at the back of mind that the weather forcast shows its colder in camp verde, sedona, flagstaff and grand canyon. It surely was hot in phoenix but still we had a good meal :) We had a full good lunch for a long day trip. Then we went to the veterans memorial park to visit my grand father in law. It was my first time to be there and its been 12 yrs since my inlaws were there. I guess this part of the trip made us feel good as we have visited a special person. My dad in law was indeed happy to have gone there.
CAMP VERDE HERE WE COME.
the next stop was the Fort verde historical park. The weather was so much better and the place was nice and amazing. The houses were really old and they preserved it well. And i must admit, i got scared. Its quit freaky to be in a place where a lot of ppl died. It was a nice place but it can be a bore also if you are not into history (like me).
Montezuma castle! twas great! we had great pictures there. We walked through the whole park and saw how amazing the indias have lived in such a place. And up to now i still wonder, where did they go?
An hour drive... then there we were in one of most beautiful place ive ever been to. SEDONA!
Note to travellers, you have to stop by the sedona visitor center or any other store to get a parking pass. I was extremely disappointed to see the sedona visitor center closed when we got there. Good thing i asked the resto next door and i was told to get it to webbers (a store). So off we went and had the highlight of the day. The rocks, the mountains, the air, the road, the ppl... everything was just perfect. Ive never seen a view as spectacular as such. Its like a painting yet its real.
chapel of the holy cross. it was very beautiful. if only it was in california, its the kind of church i could have chosen for my wedding :)
Almost an hour drive then were in flagstaff. we passed the oak canyon drive. such a scenic drive. something that should not be missed!
We woke up at 7am to get ourselves ready and have breakfast. The inn/hotel that we stayed did not have a very good breakfast. Though for me it was enough. Bagels, cheese, coffee, muffins. We left at around 8:30am.
at 9:20 we got to the meteor crater. It was the most expensive place in our trip but it was worth it! the crater was huge. I have never seen a meteor crater before and i never expected it to be that big. There can be 20 baseball fields in that crater. we had good pictures there too. For those who are scared of heights, you can stay by the rails. If your more adventurous, then climb up the rocks :) There are only 150 meteor craters in the whole wide world.
GRAND CANYON... OUR 3-DAY TRIP'S MAIN EVENT :)
From the meteor crater, we went to williams to have lunch then to the grand canyon. It is such an amazing place. and for such a tourist spot, its very inexpensive. Just $25/car. It surely deserved to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Although it is no longer one of the 7, it still is fabulous and worth going to. and i must say, arizona isnt arizona, with out the grand canyon! dont miss the watchtower. it has a very good view of the grand canyon
By 6pm, where on the road again back to the hotel. too tired yet had a great day.
I woke up at around 7am. There i was again, that same feeling i always feel on the last day of every trip/travel. I was excited to go to lake havasu but darn... arizona is so great... i didnt wann go home yet.
but then... its the last day of the long week end.
We had the same complementary breakfast. We left at around 8am.
By 11 we were already in lake havasu. we were suppose to eat at the chinese resto but it is no where to be found. a lot of restos were closed because its labor day. We ended up eating at chillis which is so much better. :) then after a 3-5 minute drive from there, we were at the lake.
my favorite lake.
im not a fan at all of lakes and beaches.. but this lake has completely turned me around! the moment i felt the lakes water on my feet... i just cant help but say "the waters is sooo good". we spent just an hour there but we will surely come back!!
sadly.. its time to go home and rest for the next 'working' day.