Phoenix Vacation ~ The Highlights

Saturday, March 26, 2016

There is no place like home, and there is no better company than family. As you may have noticed, I have not been very active on my blog lately. This last week my family went camping in Phoenix Arizona. My Dads parents vacation in Phoenix during the winter and spring months so we made the long drive to Phoenix to visit them.

We pulled our pop-up camper (pictured above) over 1000 miles (round trip) to Phoenix and than back home. We had a wonderful time and I can't believe our much awaited and anticipated trip is now over. Time sure does fly, especially when your making memories.

I thought that I would share with you some pictures from our trip. During the whole trip my camera was never more than an arms reach away. I took hundreds of pictures but I'll just share with you my favorites.

On the long drive to Arizona we took a short detour and drove through Joshua Tree National Park. The park was unique and interesting it's in own way, but it will not make it to my list of my favorite National Parks. Joshua Tree National park is located in the Mojave Desert and I've decided I'm not a big fan of the desert.

To my surprise though, the desert did have a good amount of color to show off. I found this blooming Prickly Pear Cactus and snapped a few shots. The picture below is my favorite.

I would like to call Arizona "Land of the Great Saguaro Cactus". There are hardly any trees in the part of Arizona we visited. Instead the trees are replaced by the Saguaro Cactus.

Our campsite was right next to a beautiful lake called Canyon Lake. I took the picture below from our campsite during the sunset.

Not far from where we camped was a old west town called "Goldfield Ghost Town". We packed a picnic lunch and spent one of our day's walking around and taking lots of pictures of this neat place.

The picture below is from a pottery store we visited. I loved all the rustic colors of all the ornaments hanging on the porch.

We also visited another small old west style town called Tortilla Flats. We had lunch at the towns restaurant and I was intrigued at the wallpaper. Talk about expensive wallpaper. The walls were covered in dollar bills!

Not only was the wallpaper unique, but the bar seats were saddles instead of stools. How neat!

The next day we said our goodbyes to Canyon Lake and Arizona and made the long drive home. I love traveling, learning new things, and visiting new places, but there truly is no place like home. I'm eager to get back to the regular routine of life now that our Arizona trip is over.

If you want to see more pictures from my family's vacation I am posting more pictures to a photography blog which I have been trying to set up. I started the blog about the same time I started this one but I never posted anything and pretty much forgot about the blog. I just recently changed the design and I am trying to post on it more often. If your interested, my Photography blog is: Shutter Crazy


  1. These pictures are beautiful!!! Sounds like it was a great trip. :)
    What kind of camera do you have?

    1. Thank you! I Have a Nikon D5100. I love it so much!

  2. Those pictures are really pretty!!!! You did a great job!