With no alarm set, we slept in a little bit and made smoothies before hitting the road from Phoenix down to Tucson.
It was an hour and a half drive, and we stopped along the way to wash dishes at a rest-stop. I was pretty bad about taking pictures today, but it was the windiest rest stop ever.
My cousin, Barb, lives in Tucson, and I hadn't seen her in years. I figured since we were this close (in Phoenix) we might as well make the quick trip down to catch up with her.
She just moved in to a new (to her) house in a gated community and on a golf course. I remember now...every time I go visit Tucson, I want to live there. 70's and sunny in November!? Yes, please! (Then again, I've never visitied in the summer...)
^^Barb's back patio -- golf course just beyond those trees.
We got there a little after 11 and hopped straight in her car to go to lunch at a Mexican restaurant. I didn't take one picture, but it was at a little strip mall not far from her house, and the tacos were DELICIOUS.
We came back to her house to do a load of laundry, and sat out on the back patio talking for an hour or two. Soaking up the warm sun. Aaahhh, THIS is why I came to Arizona!
She sent us on the road around 2 with fresh laundy and 6 chocolate chip cookies. (Those didn't last long.)
I had some shopping to do, so we went to the Tucson Mall to try and find a dress for the rehearsal dinner next Friday night. We only went in Dillards and Macys -- easy returns anywhere -- and I got two dresses. The only picture I took was of the Christmas tree in the mall. Why is there already a Christmas tree up this early!?
We left the mall around 4, and headed straight out of town to catch sunset at Saguaro National Park.
We got there a little late, and struggled finding a good place to pull over and take pictures. The sky was still lit up enough and Scott got some decent shots, but the iPhone was not happening, clearly:
The best one I got incuded a semi-dead Saguaro cactus:
By the way, I wouldn't recomend hiking in the dark around cacti. I think we both got stuck at least once.
I wasn't all that impressed with Saguaro National Park, but then again, we only really saw it at night. I did learn some cool facts about Saguaro cacti though and I'm happy to share them with anyone. ;)
I drove back to Phoenix that night so Scott could edit photos. I was so wiped out from the 24 hour race on Saturday, that I just barely made it to the other side of Phoenix. I pulled in at a gas station for the bathroom, and then we parked it across the street in a casino parking lot for the night.
Not that exciting of a day, I guess, but it's always good to spend time with family!