The desert is one of my top favorite places for travel. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, perhaps I was some sort of desert-dweller in a past life, but something about the hot heat and golden hues has my name written all over it. I can literally feel myself being pulled to it and when I finally arrive, a part of me feels at home. I love hearing the sound of the desert gravel while hiking and coming across cacti of all shapes and sizes. Arizona provides just the kind of environment and terrain that makes my heart soar. While staying at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort for Anthony’s family reunion, we decided to have a little desert adventure at Papago Park, as it’s the perfect spot for an early morning hike. Nothing too strenuous, but challenging enough, we ventured out to be one with the sun-kissed Arizona landscape. It was exactly what the desert doctor ordered. I will 100% go back to Papago Park next time we’re in the Phoenix area, only next time it will be for a sunset hike, as I have a very strong suspicion it would be utterly breathtaking! Until then, I can ponder these memories from our gorgeous stay and long for all things desert. P.S. I shall share my favorite tip a fellow desert-dweller gave me many moons ago: keep your eyes down and keep ’em peeled for rattle snakes!
Our hike in Papago Park.
We did it!
I have a major thing for cacti – it’s a legit obsession.
This one just so happens to be flipping off every human that visits and I love it.
Sometimes people say to me, “Lauren, you sure make headstands look easy.” Well, I can tell you this, a headstand with a burnt scalp on top of rocks is not easy. Not at all. But it’s fun as hell!
A little “Hole in the Rock” photo-op. I did the climb to the hole. It’s worth it and it’s easy. Just do it.
You’ll be hungry after your desert hike so I suggest you head over to DeFalco’s Italian Deli for a delicious prosciutto and fresh mozzarella sub!
Up, up and away. I’ll be back, you sexy desert, you!