Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Once Upon a Sedona [Part Two]

 Greetings bloggers! Well, it turns out I have a fever, which is keeping us from our typical Tuesday night "Redemption Community" (it's not a bible study, but it's similar). Which means I have some time to catch up on this bad boy girl blog. I left you on the first night of our Sedona trip, so here's what we did next:

We met up with hubband's sister and brother-in-law again for breakfast, actually in the same context as before mentioned (we choose restaurant, we get table, they join us, they crash table.) at the Blue Moon Cafe, which we then realized was actually kind of our restaurant soul-mate. Okay, maybe that's a little much, but we were super excited about this:

Too bad it was breakfast-time, and I'm not sure if you follow this rule, but for us breakfast time = no booze

We found some sweet reading material as well!

 Okay! Onward we headed to our first wine tasting of the day. What? First of the day? I know, tell me about it. My hubband's silly wifey accidentally booked a hotel room that included a wine tasting as well as a wine tasting. Oops.

So, here we are, drinking wine. At ten in the morning. This is totally not normal for us. I swear. 

So, when hubband drinks wine, this funny thing happens. As it turns out, his shnoz is too big for the glass, and he ends up stuck like so. This phenomenon= amusing for me, annoying for him.

Here's a funny napkin.

And hubband found some "giant lizards" he  had to take pictures of. 

After enjoying some tasty wine, we left, had some lunch, and headed south for the next adventure of the day! We met up at Alcantara Vineyards, where we would enjoy our second wine tasting, but first:

Yep, you guessed it, we went kayaking with this crew!

The instructors were FANTASTIC. We couldn't have learned better from anyone else, and altogether the experience was such a blast. I, of course, fell in the water almost immediately, instantly becoming "the one to watch" to the instructors. Sure, they might have just been making sure I didn't fall in again/kill myself/get eaten by a bear/get swallowed by a gigantic fish, but who doesn't mind some individual instruction? Anyways, none of those things happened, and we had a blast.

It wasn't even that hard, I mean, I did only fall in once...

One of our superb instructors

Look! We're kayaking! And loving it!

 After our river trip, we shuffled out of our wet stuff, and went to the winery/vineyard, for a tasting. And it was so GOOD

Relaxed and refreshed, we headed to our final Sedona adventure, horseback riding with these folks. They kind of forgot to mention, when we reserved the trip, that the journey would be a four million-mile drive on a very bumpy dirt road. IF so, we probably wouldn't have brought Madeline, our little Volkswagen Beetle. OH well, C'est la vie.

Hubband, whom this particular adventure was really for, loved the horseback ride. This is the second third horse he's been on in his whole life, counting the first, which would be the time he found out he was deathly allergic to horses. But alas, as he no longer is allergic to them.... he gets moments like these:

 I did not even realize that anyone was taking some of these...

 Hubband, of course, still remembers the name of his horse, Bill. I on the other hand... I think it was Sally? Ginger? No?

I've been through desert on a horse with no name... Okay, well, she he it did have a name.

And, there-you-have-it. Our Sedona Adventure! Thanks for reading. As always, we love you!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Once Upon a Sedona [Part One]

Well, hello world! Yes, we know that it's been awhile. Yes, it's been much too long, we agree, but boy, we have been off having some good great amazing adventures in love.

Awhile back, while I was still in that we-just-got-back-from-our-honeymoon bliss, I bought us some great living social deal-i-os, you know, in hopes of continuing this life long honeymoon adventure we're on. The first was to The Wildflower Inn, in Sedona, which is just up the mountain for us Arizonites Arizonians people who live in Arizona. So, alas! Enjoy our adventures! And please, feel free to bask in the glow of our awesome. Or, you can just read on and enjoy, no basking necessary.

So, after a notsobad three hour drive up to the red mountains, we checked into our hotel room, which was advetised as a fancy room with a Jacuzzi! (Alright, I added the word fancy, but it does make it sound so nice, right? right?)

Observe: Hubband testing the bed, "It's definitely comfy enough honey!" Said his face.

See?! Jacuzzi! There are no lies here.

Hubband, enjoying the Jacuzzi. Please note, he's wearing jeans. I wouldn't post him really enjoying the Jacuzzi. Come on, our parents are reading this stuff.

 Look! A fancy wood burning oven... that we never used.

And it had a fridge friend!

"IT SWIVELS" Shouted the geek exuberantly.

As his wife jumped on the bed like a ten year old.  A verrrry mature ten year old...

This ended the testing of the room. Check.

Having properly testing the room's amenities, we headed off to the Hideaway Restaurant for some Italian and a great view. Hey, all of that assessing of amenities and protocol and stuff and such made us work up a pretty big appetite.

OH, and we took some pictures of the pretty rocks along the way.

Not the greatest pictures ever, but it's hard to be a photographer and a directioneer and a bowl full of awesome at the same time, 'kay?

<Side Note> As circumstance and divine intervention *ahem Jesus* would have it, hubband's sister and her husband ended up being in Sedona for the exact amount of time that we were there! Whaddya know?! So, we had dinner with them. Or, I should say, we started eating dinner, and they "happened" to show up to our restaurant so we invited them to join us, which we were happy freaking thrilled to do. <End Side Note>

Before they arrived, we ordered some drinks and in addition to chillaxin' had some fun with the camera

 Don't you just want to hang out and have a beer with us now?

Remember how I mentioned that the restaurant had a view? Well, this is the one we got from our table. Gorgeous! 

After some delicious grub, we parted ways with our dinner-mates, and I took hubband to Tlaquepaque, which is a gorgeous little shopping and art area-thing that he'd never enjoyed before. It was late, so everything was closed, but it had just rained, so we enjoyed some amazing weather, and a walk stroll hand-in-hand. OH, and we danced by a fountain to the music pouring out of a closed kitchen. Someone call Disney! But really, it was lovely.

Here's a small glimpse of the lovely

 That's all for now friends, but don't you worry! We have more fun and adventures to share- just you wait! But really, you have to wait. We love you all!

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