We went to Arizona with the in-laws May 25th to June 1st. It all started out innocently enough–the father-in-law switched their main condo week for a week in Sedona, Arizona; he wanted to do something different. They originally booked just a regular, one bedroom condo. The husband found out and wanted to go, too. This all got organized waaaay before the pregnancy, almost six months or more before the trip itself. So, we paid for our plane tickets and jumped onto their trip.
The condo was amazingly beautiful, rivaled only by Sedona itself. It’s nestled amidst these gorgeous red rocks! The pool had an amazing view, too. The father-in-law ended up paying for us to stay in the second bedroom attached to the condo. You can either book both (they connect) and use them as a fully functional condo, or you can book them separately. The bedroom we stayed in connected to theirs with a door, but it functioned on its own as a ‘kitchenette studio.’ We were very appreciative, though the couch pull-out was surprisingly comfy the first night we were there.
The pool had an amazing view since it was elevated. I loved it. Unfortunately, we were there during the wildfire, so it was pretty smokey the first few days. We spent a lot of time out and about–the mother-in-law has really bad asthma and couldn’t really handle the smoke. Thankfully, it cleared up and the wildfire was under control a few days before we left!
We tried to do some hiking, but that ended up being a bad idea. Between the mother-in-law having issues with not sweating and overheating and my pregnant self wilting in the hot sun (probably a bad idea to go at high noon), we were forced to abandon our endeavor and leave the hiking to the men.
Our second full day there (Tuesday), we made the somewhat long drive (3 hrs) to the Grand Canyon! It was definitely a sight to behold. I had a lot of fun snapping pictures while the husband enjoyed posing with everything. It’s what he does. He likes posing in front of rocks and in weird places.
We spent the entire day up there, away from the smoke. There was only one incident where I nearly starved and had to eat some really disgusting food just to keep myself going. I still wasn’t feeling the greatest and food was still the enemy. Kind of a pain when you’re doing a lot of walking and activity.
At this point, I still wasn’t even showing. I had maybe a small bump, but it was mostly from the bloating. I’m so glad that’s no longer an issue now! Anyway, it was annoying because I felt really pregnant and miserable, but I didn’t look it, so everyone sort of expected me to act like I normally would. The husband was understanding and eventually the in-laws got the memo, too.
We went to a safari park that rescues exotic animals and that was pretty cool. The husband got to feed a tiger, which he was super excited about. He loves cats, but he especially loves big cats! It was a hot day, but we managed to squeeze that in along with another very small hike to see Montezuma’s Castle and some other stuff like that. At least it was mostly overcast that day. The husband also got to finally try Jack in The Box. He was over the moon.
Our last big jaunt away from Sedona was heading out to see the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest parks. Along the way, the husband insisted we stop by this ghost town called ‘Two Guns.’ He had way too much fun ignoring my warnings of snakes and possible injury and climbing all over everything. I got some artsy shots when he wasn’t insisting I take pictures of him avoiding serious injury, so I guess I can’t complain too much.
I was feeling really rough by the end of that day, so I didn’t get a whole lot of pictures. I captured what was important, though. It’s definitely like a whole different world out that way. It’s amazing. When we arrived, I said it was like being on Mars! I’m certainly not used to everything being so… expansive.
We spent some time around Sedona, too, checking out the local sites and doing some shopping. The husband bought me this beautiful butterfly necklace and we got some stuff from the Indians selling stuff in the area. I wouldn’t have believed it if they hadn’t started speaking Navajo to each other randomly.
All-in-all, it was a really good trip! I’m so glad we ended up going. I was afraid that we wouldn’t be able to due to me being so sick. I really love traveling and seeing new things. We had some good times outside of the parks, too. The husband and father-in-law played ping-pong, me and the husband shot some pool, we spent early evenings walking around and late into the night, you could see so many stars. Much more than even I’m used to and I’m from the middle of nowhere!
There was a fire pit they turned on every night and while it was lit by gas, it was still fun to sit by it, roast marshmallows, and just chill beneath the stars. The father-in-law had his first s’more, which is just madness! How does someone not know what a s’more is?! He wasn’t impressed. I don’t typically like them, but I ate several that night. I blame the baby!