Monday, April 7, 2014

Mountains, Gandalf! Mountains!

I saved my very favorite Arizona post for last. Before leaving, Allie and I made the decision that we could not leave Arizona without having climbed a mountain. 
After we arrived, we spent the week staring out longingly at them while humming the Misty Mountain song (don't pretend that's not the first thing in your mind when you see mountains too). Finally, our second to last day, we picked a mountain, hopped in a cab and got ready for the trek up. 









We were told it was a "strenuous" trail but we figured, we're runners, we can handle a hard trail. Mind you, the key word here is trail. 








Soon, the trail turned to stairs. 

Then the stairs disappeared and it was a full on mountain climb. 









With shaking legs and out of breath bodies we made it to the top only to find the most spectacular of all the views. 






When we got home, the first thing we noticed was how tan we had gotten. It was during our happy tan dance we realized we weren't in fact tan, just covered in dirt. 
Ice cream healed our bruised egos. 

We spent the evening hunkered down in beach chairs staring at the mountains and napping. 

We woke up as twinkle lights were coming on, washed all the dirt/tan off of us, threw on our dancing shoes (Ann Taylor, in case you're wondering) and headed out to celebrate the way true champions do: with pizza. 




See this pizza? A group of four at the table next to us split one the same size. We finished ours first. 
Not saying we deserve a medal Grimaldi's but . . . 


In case you couldn't tell from my ramblings, I loved Arizona. It was an amazing adventure thanks, mostly to my fantastic travel buddy. 
I don't think my longing for the mountains will ever go away now, I guess I'll just need to come back and visit really soon. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chloe's and RA

Is it normal to plan a trip around food or is that just me?  It was our goal to try as many new places as we could during the week but there were two places that kept calling us back to them and when food calls, who are we to say no?
The first is Chloe's Corner. We were originally drawn there for 50 cent coffee. Just when we thought life couldn't be any better, we tried their breakfast. 









And then we tried lunch. 
Long story short, we came back every day and every day was better than the last.  




There is also a perfect spot just around the corner where you can take the sweet treat you bought there (second breakfast, obviously) where you can lounge around in the sun. 

Just to clear this up, yes, that muffin is 80% top and 20% bottom. Chloe's understand priorities. 



Then, there was RA Sushi. 
If you're cool like us you'll read that as R. A. Sushi but let me tell you it's "Raw Sushi". clever, right?



The classiest of dates. 

We ordered vegetarian rolls, cucumber rolls and avocado rolls. 

 Then more avocado rolls. 

Fried Banana with Kahlua. A chocolate stuffed, deep fried banana with Kahlua caramel sauce and chocolate gelato. 

I'd like to say we tried different things when we came back . . . but we didn't. It's just too good! 


Despite my love for sushi and returning visit to RA, I still can't use chopsticks. 
Is it outrageous to ask for kid chopsticks at my age?


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