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Arizona in Shades of Pink

March 24, 2014

I have a confession to make.  (Yes, another one.)  I’m writing this on a snowy Saturday and I can’t be bothered to leave my warm, cozy house to go skiing.  I know, I don’t deserve to live in the mountains right now.  I blame the fact that I spent most of February and March in Phoenix, Arizona for my lack of motivation.  Spring is already in full swing down there, and the warm sunny days, temperate evenings and snow-less hiking trails got me really ready for winter to be over.  I know, I know.

I liked the Phoenix area much more than I expected to.  One thing that surprised me was that the area isn’t as brown and barren as I’d pictured it to be.  This week’s travel theme is pink, and I had no trouble finding photos of the hue in the Arizona desert.

There was plenty of pink to be found on my hikes around the area.  Like this flowering cactus along the trail up to Sunrise Peak.

Flowering cacti

And the breathtaking sunset I encountered while coming down Camelback Mountain.

Camelback at Sunset

Camelback Sunset

The vibrant color didn’t discriminate based on location, showing off both at the hotel-from-hell Aloft Phoenix Airport…

Phoenix airport sunset

Where the sunset views did a little to distract from the constant noise of planes, trains and automobiles (for real).  I was better able to enjoy the scenery across town at the luxurious Hyatt Gainey Ranch.

Hyatt Scottsdale

Hyatt Scottsdale

And my favorite pink moment of my time in Phoenix, by far, was the sunrise on the morning of my hot air balloon adventure.  Stay tuned for more to come on that!

Sedona Sunrise

In case you’re interested in my other “Travel Theme posts:

 Travel Theme: Work

Travel Theme: Yellow

Travel Theme: Silver

Travel Theme: Possibility

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2014 7:37 pm

    My parents live in Mesa and I love visiting them every January. Your right about lots of pinks there. I see a blog title called “Ouray to Durango.” I’m guessing you’re from Colorado. We have some land in Silverton. Lovely area.


    • March 24, 2014 8:23 pm

      You guessed right! I live in Edwards, CO just west of Vail. I absolutely LOVE the Silverton area – the southwest corner of Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the world, in my opinion!


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