One of the best family trips that I have ever taken was when my family flew down to Phoenix, Arizona. I had the time of my life and almost every day I will bug my mom about going there again, much to her annoyance, but I know that she wants to go back too. This trip did make me open my eyes more. Going to Arizona and seeing all the breathtaking landscape and feeling the wonderful warmth of the weather made me realize something. As I sit at home in boring South Dakota, I realize that all along, I have felt like I was in an enclosed area in the middle of nowhere of which I could not escape, but I saw I was very wrong. I have been in an open area in the middle of everywhere, with every place imaginable for me to go and explore. In all honesty, you have a passport to the world.
The only bad part of the trip for me was when we drove from Rapid City, South Dakota to Denver, Colorado, because flying out of Denver was cheaper than flying out of Rapid, and we wanted to spend as less money as we could and still have fun. I did NOT enjoy the car ride at all. Driving the 6 hours to the airport in Denver and then getting on the airplane was a total energy crusher for me, and the same goes for the trip back home. Coming off the airplane and then getting in the car for another 6 hour drive back killed me, and I don’t think I could ever do that again. I am willing to pay the extra bucks for a roundtrip flight.
We stayed at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in greater Phoenix area, which was a TOTAL blast! I highly recommend this resort. You could spend your vacation alone at the resort instead of going places. They have several private pools along with a waterpark for all guests, as well as mini golf, basketball and tennis courts, and restaurants and gift shops. Ever since staying at the resort, I have been in love with mini golf. You can stay in regular hotel style rooms, or they have casitas. Casitas are just like a regular home except more upscale. We stayed in a bi-level casita that was very cool.
One awesome attraction was hiking the Camelback Mountain, which seemed to be located in the center of Phoenix. It looked to me like the entire city was based around the mountain. It was a spectacular view from the top, one that I will never forget. Skyscrapers, palm trees, and cacti dotted the ground far below and you could see out for miles.
Another awesome thing to do that’s priceless (literally) entertainment is walking through downtown Phoenix. There are lots of sights to see and lots of sounds to hear. Our party stopped at the Sugarbowl, an old style ice cream place with a built in arcade inside. They have delicious ice cream and the atmosphere was exciting, retro, and old-school. Eighties music blasted from speakers and happy voices bounced off the walls.
Although there is so much that we did down in Phoenix, I don’t have all the words available to tell you about it, as much as I want to. And in conclusion, all I can say is that I am so lonesome for Phoenix as is my family, and I hope that’s a sign that we can go back real soon! One last thing- I discovered that I absolutely LOVE palm trees!