This past week, I went with my mother on an amazing trip out to Arizona. We wanted to scout out apartments before I move out this summer, so we definitely kept busy. Rather than bore you with a long post, I’ll just share some pictures I took while exploring the Phoenix area.
Our first flight out West left at 5:50AM EST — let’s just say it was a long day. We landed at Sky Harbor before noon, leaving us with the rest of the day to explore before we started touring apartments. Our resort was located in Scottsdale, a quieter community northeast of Phoenix. This area is loaded with upscale shopping centers and golf courses. Lucky for us, our resort was situated with a beautiful view of the Kierland Golf Club, so we were able to take an evening walk after shopping and dining (Coconut’s Fish Cafe, btw, is excellent!)
I’m not sure how familiar everyone is with Arizona’s climate, but it is one of the hottest places on earth. Summer months usually cap out at 120 degrees F. What was strange about our visit was how uncharacteristically cool it was — for February in Arizona, the 50s are strange. I only packed one jacket in my carry-on which I made work every single day of the trip.
The next morning, we ventured off into the Camelback/Biltmore (yes, Camelback mountain) area to tour our first apartment complex. It was a beautiful community in an equally beautiful part of town. Between our first tour and second tour we had a few hours to spare and decided to check out the nearby Biltmore Fashion Park. I loved how clean and “upscale” it was — from specialty coffee carts to bistros to a Saks Fifth Avenue, this is a place I think I will find myself frequenting when in need of a walk-and-shop break.
Between the next few tours, we took a trip out to Thunderbird to check out a Filipino bakery. My mom (who is Filipino!) definitely took advantage of the authentic cuisine and ordered several of her favorite dishes. We toted several to-go boxes back to our villa. Thank goodness for vacation villas and the convenience of having a full kitchen for meals like this! I didn’t take any photos of this trip or our trip to ASU’s Tempe campus/Mill Avenue, but they were fun.
The morning of our last full day, my mom suggested we take a trip out to the Desert Botanical Gardens at Papago Park. This was such a great way to spend the first part of the day — the weather was unbelievably perfect and the views were breathtaking.
I had such a great time exploring my future home. The hard part will be making a decision on places to live and actually making the move. I’m not looking forward to the 2000+ mile roadtrip, but I know the final destination will be worth the wait.
Do any of you live out in the Phoenix area? I’d love to hear your local recommendations. It’s tough making a move out to the opposite coast and local perspectives help immensely. Thanks for bearing with my lack of blogging during and in preparation for this trip!
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