As I said in an earlier blog, this was our long overdue first time visiting the Phoenix area, and we were fortunate enough to stay in the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort.
A really nice facility surrounded by several championship golf courses, which was a little tough for me to take since, I’m still grounded with lingering rotator cuff issues. No matter, we had left behind single digit temperatures in Vancouver where there was the lingering remains of a snow storm, and the promise of 3-4 days of rain. We traded that west coast winter misery for 75-80 F mostly sunny skies, and a slight dry desert wind. It took me all of about 20 minutes to figure out why so many Canadians bought property down in Arizona after the 2008 recession – one that hit this state particularly hard.
We took advantage of the weather and walked well over 13,000 steps a day, wandering
around the edges of the desert resort, and marvelling at how many different kind of cactus plants that were present. We counted at least 8 different kinds, and they were everywhere. We also found a great mall within walking distance, the Desert Ridge marketplace, and it didn’t become a regular hangout for us just because it happened to have a Cold Stone Creamery outlet, right in the middle of the mall. Okay, so maybe that had a little something to do with it. We ate at least one meal a day at one of the countless restaurants that populated the shopping centre, plus we made regular stops at Barnes and Noble to get our book and magazine fix. We read, we walked, we went bird-watching (11 new birds on our life list), and just totally relaxed. We are both very thankful to our hosts from the Sun and Province newspapers.