2015 has been a pretty great year so far... all nine days of it! :) The first week of the year was spent with my family all together in Arizona! My parents, brothers, their significant others and our family's best friends all came to Scottsdale to visit John and me. Everyone traveled a long way to be here (from Minnesota, Michigan, and Massachusetts), and it was a great time had by all!
I thought that the best way to recap our trip would to be to use my Five on Friday.
Warning... this post is picture heavy, so just scroll on through if it isn't your thing. :) :)
ONE | The Grand Canyon
We started off the New Year with a little visit to the Grand Canyon.
This seems to be our party trick - if you come visit us, we will take you to the Grand Canyon, ha! It was everyone's first time, and it was my first time visiting in the winter.
There was quite a bit of snow and it was c-o-l-d! There were 10 of us total, and 5 hiked down into the Canyon while the other half of the group walked around the rim.
Not surprisingly, the views were incredible.
TWO | Saguaro National Park
During everyone's visit, we also went to Saguaro National Park in Tuscon. It was my first trip to the park, and we all did a ranger led hike that started a few hours before sunset and finished in the moonlight... the moon was so bright that you could see your "moon shadow"!
The national park and sunset were beautiful, and all of the cacti were huge! Although it was cold, the hike was lovely, and the evening was perfectly finished with tasty Mexican food!
THREE | Games, Games, Games
My family loves to play games... I'm not sure if it's because we are from the Midwest, but card games, boardgames, catch phrase - you name it, we love it! My little brother even set up a euchre tournament (someone please tell me they know what that is...).
We are pretty competitive people so it's always a good time (especially when we win, just sayin'!).
FOUR | Topgolf
Have you heard of Topgolf? It's super fun!
It's basically a driving range, but instead of just hitting balls, there are games you play for points. The balls have ID chips in them so they log points to different people based on how close you hit the balls to targets. We had a great time golfing and definitely took advantage of all of the games!
FIVE | Camelback Mountain and Pinnacle Peak
There was quite a bit of hiking that went on during our trip.
In addition to the Grand Canyon and Saguaro National Park, John hosted people on hiking Camelback Mountain and Pinnacle Peak. Both hikes are local to Phoenix and quite fun! While people were off hiking, a few of us went shopping, and by the end of the trip, the weather had warmed up enough to lay by the pool and do a little swimming!
It was such a fun time to have everyone together all at once... it was the first time in over 3 years!
We literally live across the country from each other, so we are hoping to make it a yearly thing!
What have you been up to in 2015?