Al fresco Arizona

He ended up selecting the University of Cincinnati, but Zach didn’t make that choice until after we fit in a week of hiking throughout the state of his second choice, Arizona State University.  Smart man.  We spent seven days hiking and, at times, crawling up and down the sides of canyons and mountains and are undoubtedly better for the whole experience.  Who needed fingernails, anyway?  There’s nothing like an 1800 foot ascent to open up a conversation or two.  And there’s nothing like singing along to “80’s, 90’s and NOW” radio to make 8 or 900 miles or so fly by in no time at all.

We wore our sunscreen, although it didn’t help so much when we encountered a massive hail storm at the Grand Canyon.  We drank gallons of water when the sun blazed hot.  Hail and “hot” even happened within the same day once!

Highlights included hikes at the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Scottsdale, a river float around Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon, ancient cliff dwellings in Walnut Creek near Flagstaff and the mysterious Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.

And, of course, a visit to Arizona State University which bears the distinction of having an outdoor pool which must be cooled in the summer months!

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8 Comments to Al fresco Arizona

  1. My daughter also got accepted at ASU, but decided on a school in San Francisco. It’s nice to have these win-win situations. In a way, I was disappointed because I was looking for an excuse to return to Arizona, but visiting her in SF doesn’t exactly break my heart. How wonderful that you and Zach got to share this adventure. Sounds like a lifelong memory.

  2. Why is it always that way that our sons are taller than their mothers? ;)) it’s here the same…LOL…

    Thanks for this great post, Heather. I enjoyed to read because some of the words I recognized for myself like: Arizona, dust and hot, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Page Arizona where I missed the Antelope Canyon.

    Thanks for bringing back again all those nice memories of my travels last year 🙂


  3. Just think, you shared a fun adventure, Zach satisfied his curiosity about Arizona State then chose a college on his terms. That is a win-win situation plus you got a great Arizona hiking trip out of the experience. Best of luck to Zach.

  4. Congrats! It’s nice to be faced with wonderful options. That’s a credit to both of you. 🙂 I’m sure it will be nice for you to have him closer to home. I’m sure Zach is excited and moving forward. I wish him all the luck and success as he continues his education. (Another Great Photo!)

  5. It looks VERY warm there, Heather.

    My 1000th post is up now.

  6. Love the picture!

    Congrats to Zach. I had a good friend go to Univ. of Cincy. Loved it! I visited and thought it was great.

  7. Best of wishes to Zach. I love the idea of a place that is so warm that the swimming pool needs cooling.

  8. The Arizona holds so many attraction and beauty for travelers and especially for hikers because of Peak Mountains and valleys to visit.

    The places like Grand Canyon, Sedona and Scottsdale are ideal places for hiking and camping activities because there are beautiful lakes and rivers for camping and sailing.

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