We started off a wonderful vacation by flying to Phoenix to stay with Dave and Laurel in their vacation home for a few days.  We were so thankful for them to host us and for all of the fun activities!

We started our first day off by going to the Hole in the Rock which is a sandstone formation that sits virtually in the middle of the city.

Bob loves to pose for pictures…haha!

The back of the rock

Bob with his parents

Kelly & Bob

View through the Hole in the Rock

All 4 of us

I loved all of the Saguaro cactus scattering the hillside

Then we headed to the Desert Botanical Gardens which was beautiful

I am going to try to remember which types of cactus these all are…

Prickly Pear cactus

Toothpick cactus

Barrel cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus

Dave & Laurel

Saguaro Cactus

Closeup of a barrel cactus

Bob & Kelly

Then we headed to the Phoenix Zoo to see their Zoo lights.  The Zoo puts up almost 4 million lights, and it is absolutely beautiful!  Bob is such a ‘lights’ guy and loved every minute of it!

Every tree (and cactus) was wrapped in thousands of LED lights

There were different animal displays and this one with bears and honey bees was my favorite!

Seriously gorgeous

The next day we headed to the White Tank Regional Park and went on a few different hikes.

On our first hike there were some petroglyphs on a few of the rocks which was neat to see!

Bob finds a rock, he climbs it

Our first stop was Waterfall Canyon (which only has a waterfall after a big rain comes through) but was beautiful nonetheless

Dave & Laurel

Bob & Kelly

Paddle Cactus

Our next hike took us to the top of one of the mountains

The view was beautiful

It was so nice having an extra person to take pictures for us and I knew that the rest of the trip was NOT going to yield the same amount of pictures together

We mini golfed the next day at a really cool place that had two 18 hole courses

Each hole was so neat! (and Dave won one round and I think Bob won another)

We had such a fun and relaxing time in Phoenix but were excited for our next stop…Long Beach, CA!


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