It was about a 3 hour drive up. It was neat to see the landscape change every hour. We started with cactus riddled hills that soon became dry grass and then pine trees, then juniper, then bigger pine trees, then snow. We drove through some pretty snowy sections that was very foggy and difficult to see. My biggest worry was ice. Thankfully, we didn't encounter any.
After we stopped, we looked behind our car and saw this ice covered tree. We stepped out and took some pictures. It's about 29 degrees now. Not too bad. Five minutes after this picture was taken, the fog moved and we were blessed to see this.
I said out loud, THANK YOU FATHER! Seriously, thank you father for giving me this opportunity and opening it up for me to see.
Five minutes after we snapped our pictures, the fog came back thicker than before. Coincidence? Or just lucky timing? This is just a sample of the MANY beautiful pictures I was able to get. All I have to say is, I'm so grateful for the opportunity my job has given me to be able to see this once in my life. Everyone should.
I wanted SNOW and I got it. The snow was the perfect kind for making a snowman. Though I'm a shitty snowman maker (I'm from HAWAII cut me some slack!), I managed to ball up some snow and created my sad attempt at a snow man.
The snow was perfectly wet and sticky. So it was also perfect to make snowballs to throw at friends. No, I didn't. Ok, I did. ONCE.
Seriously, how blessed am I? It was beautiful and this picture looks like it belongs on a postcard.
The drive to Flagstaff on scenic road 89A had me in awe. The snow covered mountains covered in white flocked pine trees was something out of a storybook.
It went on and on for days! The snow flurries along the way wasn't fun to drive in. It was scary. But, we survived. By the way, on the way there, we were again blessed to see a HUGE family of Elk. There were about a dozen or more Elk hanging out in a clearing right off to the side of the road. I was so excited!!
Not only because of its fame, but because it was where our late lunch restaurant was at. Salsa Brava.
Yes, another Guy Fieri DDD approved eatery.
This place had us mmm'ing and awwww'ing the entire meal, again!
The portions were ridiculous and the price was low. They have a fresh salsa all you can eat bar that had multiple salsas to choose from. The Pineapple habanero hurt so good.
I stuck with the basic mild salsa cause my mouth couldn't handle the heat.
While we were in devour mode, outside the snow was falling pretty heavily. I was worried about getting snowed in because I had no idea how the roads would be by the time we got out of there.
Luckily, it wasn't too bad, and it subsided as soon as we hit the road again. But our car sure did have a nice dusting on it when we got out of the restaurant.
It was starting to get dark and I was so bummed because I knew we'd miss the beauty of the Red Rock in Sedona.
But, we spent justifiable amounts of time at the Canyon which ate up most of my itinerary and that was OK.
We hit downtown Sedona in the dark but I've got to admit, it sure was pretty at night. All the lights, the decorated trees, it was nice.
Sedona had us spinning with their roundabouts every mile. Do you know how annoying it is to hear the GPS say, "in one quarter mile enter roundabout".
After passing through dark Sedona, we headed straight home. We were dead tired and I thank my friend Robin for driving majority of the day. I drove in between, but she did the long hauls.
And that was our weekend. Thanks for reading!