This past week found us enjoying a getaway in northern Arizona before Thanksgiving – four days of visiting new coffee shops, hiking, and playing around with my camera (for which I just got around to replacing the battery charger after something like two years).
We set off for Flagstaff on Saturday morning, stopping through Williams for some coffee and my all-time favorite croissant from Brewed Awakenings. Side story – Jeff carried Benny around the cafe, stopping to look at the colorful yogurt toppings they had in one of those twisty dispensers. When we were getting ready to leave, Benny dropped the gear he had pulled out of the chocolate cereal dispenser…thankfully the wheel had stayed in its place and kept everything from spilling!
Finding an affordable place central to the sites we hoped to visit that also gave us access to a kitchen to wash bottles and baby spoons might have been like looking for a unicorn if it weren’t for AirBnB. We found a delightful host family in Flagstaff that had three kiddos of their own and were even kind enough to lend us their Pack’n’Play and Diaper Genie!
Our Sunday morning adventure began bright and early (and COLD – 26 degree temps here, folks!) with Mass at the local parish followed by coffee at Pink Java in Sedona before meeting up with some friends. We were treated to such a beautiful view from the patio tables outside the cafe!
We went on a couple of hikes during this trip, one of them being THE DEVIL’S BRIDGE. It wasn’t as edgy as I thought it would, but I was definitely ready for the hike to be over about three quarters of the way through. We got some scenic family pictures, though!
Our other major hike was definitely more my speed, both literally and figuratively. We began in beautiful red rock country, surrounded by cacti and a faraway view of Sedona, and descended into this magical autumn landscape. So perfect.
And I’d be remiss to not include Jeff’s first (as in, next time he’ll probably hike to the bottom!) visit to the Grand Canyon, dinner at the super atmospheric Grand Canyon Brewing Co., and coffee in the most haunted spot in Arizona.
All in all, this was the perfect first family vacation. Benny seriously has the makings of a good traveler. He’s quite curious about the world around him. He prefers being outdoors than inside the house, even if the chill is nipping at his nose a little bit. He’s patient and just SO okay with riding in the car for a few hours as long as there’s food and something colorful to play with. We’re definitely looking forward to many more adventures with our little guy!