Today I head back to Chicago after 10 sunshine-filled days here in Arizona. I feel pretty lucky to have missed what has been a terrible beginning of spring in the midwest, full of snow and freezing temperatures. I can almost already hear the collective groans that will undoubtedly occur when we step off the airplane tonight.
Robbie's band played a show in Phoenix Sunday night, and on Monday morning, we decided to take an impromptu day trip up to Sedona. It's about two hours from where I've been staying in Scottsdale, and I've always wanted to go. We didn't have a lot of time, but the weather was gorgeous and we decided that it would be the perfect day to take pictures.
Sadly, when we were about halfway there, I turned on the camera to discover it had a dead battery. Oops! The frustration I felt at the fact that I hadn't checked before we left (mainly because this wasn't the first time it had happened) quickly faded upon entering the Sedona area. It is such a strikingly beautiful part of the country, and although I would have obviously preferred to take pictures with a real camera, getting some iPhone snapshots was good enough in the end. I was just happy for the chance to spend the day in such an incredible place.
We had lunch at a yummy Mexican cafe called Javelinas, walked around the town, did a little shopping, got iced coffees, took a visually stunning drive about 30 minutes north up to Oak Creek Canyon, went on a short hike, then headed back to Scottsdale. It was really, really nice. The drive home was pretty amazing too, especially when the bright almost-full moon appeared in the blue sky, before the sun had fully set. Seeing it glow above the Saguaro cacti was a serious treat.
This trip has been so much different than the type of trips I usually take. Although I don't travel for work nearly as much as I did when I was doing regular fashion events, the majority of the time, I'm flying somewhere either for my job or to meet Robbie at his work. It's very, very rare, that I take a trip just to get away. Staying with Robbie's parents and working from their place over the last week and a half has been really wonderful. Even with Robbie on the road most of the time I've been here, it's felt like a home away from home. It's been very laid back and casual, with absolutely perfect weather. I'll share more with you guys about the trip as a whole sometime in the next few days.