Flying Back to Michigan

As Geoffrey Chaucer said in 1374 – “all good things must come to an end.”

We got up Thursday morning, packed and headed for McDonalds for breakfast. The first ‘hiccup’ of the trip occurred when we had trouble finding Ray and Diana where they dropped off their rental car. The second was trying to find the U.S. Air terminal because we were driving in the rental car bus lanes. The third was when Sue and I said goodbye to Ray and Diana and headed into the terminal. About a minute later Diane came running after us asking for the keys to the car. I had both sets in my pocket 😦

The flight home was uneventful and it was great to have Kris, Shelby, Jolie & Winston meet us at the airport.

Looking back on the trip we saw some beautiful sights:

MOUNT RUSHMORE

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

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THE “SMURF TURF”

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THE GRAND CANYON

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AND SEDONA

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However, the best part of all was the friends we shared our trip with:

THE CELSNAKS

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THE HOSENKAMPS

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THE MORAWSKIS (on the left)

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THE FOXS

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THE CARLSONS

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AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST – MY LOVELY TRAVELING COMPANION – SUEZ.

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The End

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Day 20 – Last Full Day in Scottsdale

We began with a quick breakfast in our room. We then went to old Scottsdale and did a little window shopping – from the car. The Arizona cold snap is still too warm for Sue and I 😦

We ate at a nice pizza place called Grimaldi’s in downtown Scottsdale. Great salad and thin crust pizza. We walked across the street for an ice cream cone, then back to our air conditioned room.

We met Terry and Eileen at the Rusty Spur for a before dinner drink. After that we had a great family style meal with Terry, Eileen,  Kelly, Mike & family and Tracy, Lori & family. A great evening of meeting new members of the family and catching up with family members we have known for 40 years. Here is a picture of the 14 of us in the Pope Room of the restaurant.

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Tuesday – Fun Day in Scottsdale

We had a light breakfast in our room and then headed to the dealer for an oil change. Terry and Eileen Carlson picked us up at the dealership and we headed to Cave Creek for a nice lunch at Harold’s Corral – a hangout for Pittsburgh Steelers fans on football Sundays.

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After lunch we stopped by The Town Dump – a twelve month a year garage sale store. Lots of stuff you can’t find anywhere else like this grille.

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As we were leaving a ‘seedy’ looking couple spotted our Michigan license plate and ask if they could catch a ride with us. When we told them we were FLYING back on Thursday they didn’t seem to understand 😉

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We went back to the hotel and crashed. I think three weeks on the road is starting to catch up with us!

Sedona to Scottsdale

We started Monday with breakfast in the hotel. We said goodby to Jean and Jerry – until we meet again in The Villages. We said goodby to Ray and Diana – until we meet again at the Phoenix airport on Thursday.

We stopped at the Chapel of the Holy Cross on our way out of town. More beautiful views of red rocks.

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We checked into our hotel. We have a room with a great view of the pool, a lake, a golf course and the mountains.

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The best part of the day was our visit to the lovely home of Jason, Megan and Preslee Fox. What a great young couple!

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We ended the day by having a wonderful dinner at one of the Foxs’ favorite Mexican restaurants.

Sunday – Shopping in Sedona

Today was our day dedicated to shopping. We started the day in the heart of Sedona.

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We had lunch with Jean and Jerry at the Cowboy Club. We had bison, rattlesnake and cactus in a sampler platter.

We then drove around taking pictures of spectacular red rocks. Here are a few.

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And just when we thought the day couldn’t get any better, our friends Ray and Diana Morowski arrived in Sedona. After we discussed our trips to date we had a wonderful dinner creek side at the L’Auberge restaurant on Oak Creek.

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Saturday – Off to Sedona

More beauty today. The drive from Flagstaff to Sedona left Sue breathless – then I slowed down so she could enjoy the red rocks. Here are a couple of examples.

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We checked into our hotel and then went shopping. Here we are at Tlaquepaque – Sedona’s Arts and Crafts Village.

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We ended the evening with a lovely dinner at Shugrues, overlooking the lights of Sedona.

Friday -Trip to the Big Hole

The day started with a nice breakfast at the hotel. One of thr local cowboys tried to steal our women.

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We then boarded the train for the Grand Canyon. The trip was a bit long but the entertainment was great. That is cousin Jerry in the background – enjoying himself.

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There are no words to describe the Grand Canyon so I won’t try. Here are several pictures to help us remember the day.

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Here is a picture of a California Condor. If you look close you can see the collar around it’s neck and the number on the underside of it’s wing.

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The train ride home was quite frightening.  We were robbed by three masked gunman on horseback.

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The day ended with “paid wavers” greeting us at the train station.

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