Trip to AZ: the 3rd Musketeer

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Here's the first of [probably] a few posts about our recent trip out west.

I'd like to start with a little brief overview, through the eyes of our trusty rental car, or the 'third musketeer,' if you will.

As you [now] know, we went to Arizona last week to visit J's "little" brother, Michael.

Here's Michael:

He's in his second year teaching middle-school science in Phoenix with the program Teach for America. That's a picture of him in his classroom, teaching (see his rules behind him?). We got to watch him teach about transform boundaries and solubility.

When we went to Phoenix, we rented a car for our travels out to Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon.

Here's what we got:

A lovely [bright] white PT Cruiser. Here she is in the parking lot at Michael's apartment complex, ready for adventure, at oh, about 75 degrees.

Little did we know that we'd take this car through myriad climate changes and several thousand feet of altitude over the next few days.

Here she is in the red dirt/red rocks of Sedona, AZ:

Driving through the snow on the way to the south rim:

Seeing the Grand Canyon for herself:

(about 30 degrees at this point, and had gotten down to 12 degrees overnight at our Grand Canyon Village hotel)

On the drive back from G.C., looking at the mountains in Flagstaff:

We really really wanted to get a photo of her next to a big ole cactus...but alas, we were cutting it close on our drive back to return her (in time and in gasoline).

Not only did we make friends with the PT Cruiser...we made other friends, too.

Michael & Jamie's kitten, Penny:

Michael's roommates. Here's Dan:

[whose new car I got carsick in, btw. yep. completely mortifying. somehow he was still speaking to me when we left.]

And, finally, my 1/2 marathon running partner/buddy, Jen:

We joined up around mile 4, and I could not have finished without her.

I'll be back with more later, but I'll leave you with this heart-shaped cactus:

(good photo, Jonny!) It was a wonderful trip!


  1. Anonymous1:37 PM

    I. love. Arizona! so glad you visited, looks like you had a mahvelous time. also, what's your secret? I NEVER get cute rental cars.

    congrats on the new job!

  2. Beautiful! Jonathan and I once camped on the rim of the G.C. when it was 2 degrees outside. Can't say I recommend it, but thanks for the trip down memory lane!


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