Valley of the SUN
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I left Springfield at 4:30 this morning. After getting the frost off my windshield, I had an easy trip across I-55 to St. Louis. (I guess that's one advantage of living in Springfield). This is the first time that I will be leaving a car at the airport, but it's going to be just as economical and convenient, if not moreso. I was walking into the airport at about 5 after 6; Dad called me just as I was walking through the garage, to see how I was coming.
I had the easiest check-in ever. I just walked up to the US Airways counter, checked in, printed my boarding pass, and I was off. I did not check a bag. An extra $40 is ridiculous, and since it's just a weekend trip, I can get by with whatever I can fit in my carry-on. The plane was practically full; I booked my window seat of course.
I had a sunny welcome to Arizona. Not too hot, but anything is better than the 36 degrees I left behind. Right off the bat, we started my tour of Phoenix. Nadalee and Kim pretty well let me decide where to go. Which is great considering I have a to-do list. We started right off by going to the Arizona State Capitol. I'm a legislative analyst in the Illinois House of Representatives, so I enjoy visiting other legislatures. Being Saturday, though, the buildings were closed. It was a really pretty complex.
We were ready for lunch by this time, so I suggested Chino Bandido, a restaurant I had seen on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
Nadalee had to work, but Kim and I spent the afternoon at the zoo. This was a really hands on zoo experience. I knew I wanted to feed the giraffes -- which I did and was interesting, standing on a platform and struggling to reach the giraffes. My arms, nor her neck were quite long enough to make contact.
One of my requests for my Arizona visit was to go to the desert, so on our way out to her mom's, we stopped in the desert, just at sunset. It was perfect. We roamed a little bit, and I picked up a rock to take back home.
It was so good to see Sherry, Kim and Nadalee's mom, again. She is just one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. We visited for a couple hours, and she made us dinner -- heat-it-up lasagna and green beans. Sherry's the first to admit she's not much of a cook! I thoroughly enjoyed this time with her. We left there pretty late, and after a quick stop at the grocery store (I was impressed by the entire aisle of tortillas), we came back to their apartment. And, I curled up on the couch for the night. I'd had a long day!