While February found us exploring southern Arizona, March had us meandering around the Phoenix valley. Phoenix, Arizona, has become a regular stomping ground for hubby and me ever since our son moved here five years ago.
Over the past five years, Al and I have taken advantage of our visits by exploring all corners of picturesque Maricopa County. As an RV’er, we’ve found this area to be one of the most RV friendliest of places giving us oodles of parking options.
Not into RVing? That’s ok as the lodging options are endless in that arena as well; from quaint Bed & Breakfast’s to Mega Resorts and everything in between.
Maricopa County wants you to visit. It’s a tourist destination. Whether you spend a long weekend or spend the entire winter, all visitors are greeted with open arms and offered amenities for just about anyone’s personal interests and taste. And with nine months of beautiful weather and plenty of sunshine, it’s no wonder northerners flock here during the winter months.
Speaking from experience; June, July, and August can be uncomfortably hot making it near impossible to engage in any outdoor activities. This is the desert after all.
There’s no shortage of beautiful Golf Courses, wonderful hiking trails, or delicious restaurants. Then there’s the various festivals, music venues, and sporting events. This past February, Phoenix even hosted the Super Bowl.
Folks that enjoy baseball usually plan a vacation to Arizona in March to take in a Spring Training game. The Cactus League is big business around here.
With only so many hours in a day, hubby and I picked our priorities for the month of March. Hiking, socializing, and festivals seem to top our agenda. Since I’ve already posted on some of the hiking we’ve done around Phoenix, I’ll focus on the socializing today.
We reconnected with some old friends and met new ones along the way. New friendships were forged with fellow bloggers. As bloggers following each other on the internet, we seem to know a lot about one another but rarely meet in person. It’s always an entertaining time though when we do connect face to face.
Since Phoenix is such a great place to live AND visit, it’s not uncommon for one to live here full-time, part-time (like me), or sometime meaning there’s always another blogger in the vicinity. So if you visit Phoenix, be sure to put it out on your blog – if you’re into socializing that is. You never know who will reach out to you and say, “Hey, I’m in the area. Interested in meeting?”
A one hour coffee date turned into a three-hour chat fest with Nancy over at Two Trails One Road. We could have easily moved from coffee onto cocktails as we got to know one another beyond our blogs, but alas obligations had us bidding farewell to each other.
We were so engrossed in our visit, that neither one of us remembered to take a photo. Oh well next time, as I am sure there will be a next time.
Another morning I headed off to a Fine Arts Festival in the town of Carefree; a community on the far north side of the Phoenix valley. This was my second time attending a festival in this lovely community. The first time was with fellow blogger LuAnn and involved chocolate.
No chocolate involved this time, but meeting this artistic couple was right up there. Mary and Al are a couple of VERY talented people.
Mary writes a blog over at Tales from the Backroad.
Not only was it great meeting Mary and Al, I loved seeing their art work. Did I already mention how incredibly talented these two are? Impressive! I hope to run into them boondocking in the desert next season.
The communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, and old town Scottsdale are known for their art galleries, unique one of a kind shopping venues, art walks, and festivals. It almost makes me want a house again. I’ve always appreciated the arts and find people’s talents almost mind-boggling. I’m amazed by the vision of an artist and awed by the wonderful sculptures and paintings one creates.
If fine art isn’t your thing, stay tuned for a little rough and tumble type of Expo we attended. No arts or crafts involved…. it’s a guy thing!I’ve managed to do a bunch of previous posts on Phoenix, Arizona. For another post with some different info, click here. AND if you’d like to meet a lot of bloggers all in one place, consider attending the WordPress Event being held in Phoenix on April 18th. Click here for more info on Press Publish.
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