I had some special east coast visitors during the first week of April: my parents and my uncle John and aunt Judi, I hadn’t seen them since July of 2015. The last and only time that my parents visited Arizona was in 1978 for their honeymoon. I don’t think any of them had ever visited the Sonoran desert region of Arizona before.
We did a lot of walking and eating great food during their visit. The first night we ate at an excellent taco restaurant called the Taco Guild Gastropub. The following morning we went for a short walk at Squaw Peak, which is close to my apartment in Phoenix and part of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. After that we went to Old Town Scottsdale for a bit, then decided to go to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ, which is about 60 miles east of Phoenix. We enjoyed the visit to the arboretum very much and especially enjoyed eating lunch at Los Hermanos Restaurant and Lounge. My uncle John and I were surprised by and loved the chiles rellenos.
The next day we went to Sedona and hung out and hiked at Devil’s Bridge. I found out about this trail in my 50 Favorite Hikes: Flagstaff and Sedona by Cosmic Ray hiking guide. I think the guide may be a little out-of-date because it said that we could get to the Devil’s Bridge trailhead somewhat easily but there were rocks buried in the ground at the beginning of an unpaved road that prevented low-clearance vehicles from entering. This added an extra 1.5 miles or so to the hike. My mom, dad, and aunt Judi hiked for a bit on the dirt road to the trailhead then turned around. My Uncle John and I continued to the Bridge and enjoyed walking to the middle for a photo.
The following day my east coast family walked around Downtown Phoenix while I attended a work event. Later that afternoon we all met at my west coast family’s house for dinner. I think everyone had a wonderful time meeting and talking with each other.
The next day we visited the Musical Instrument Museum and ate dinner at an Italian restaurant across the street from my apartment that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. The pasta was homemade and excellent.
It was great to see my family that I hadn’t seen in a long time and sad to see them go. They continued their vacation with a visit to the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, and up the California coast to visit my cousin Anna in the San Francisco bay area.
It was great to see everyone and hopefully I’ll see my east coast family again later this year.