Arizona: JW Marriott, Spa, and WICKED!

by Jenn

Okay, so I’m a loser who didn’t post while we were there due to my not having the equipment to transfer photos, and I’m an even bigger loser that now when I could have the photos on the computer, I don’t, so I am using Marriott’s pictures.  I will add our own later, I promise!

At any rate, our 3-day weekend in Arizona was a blast.  Only a 6 hour drive to another paradise.  Lazy river!  Need I say more?  But of course…

close up of the lazy river

Our drive was nice and easy, and we got a phone call from someone who offered us her WICKED tickets, score!  First thing we did when we got to JW Marriott’s Desert Ridge Resort and Spa was slip into our bathing suits and hit that lazy river.  After that, our room was ready, and we had our things sent up before going back downstairs to the Vista Lounge for some half priced sushi rolls and drinks.  Yum.  I then got to spend a good hour at the spa in the steam room and taking a nice hot shower.  For dinner, we took a walk to BJ’s pizza, but nearly got ran over by a dummy.  That being said, thenight was nice and relaxing and hey, BJ’s had happy hour specials too!

The pool was heated and fabulous

Sunday we woke up at a reasonable hour of 10am and headed to the pool for some more fun.  We had an early lunch, followed by more pooling and hot tubbing, and again, I got to go to the fabulous spa.  No treatments, but hey, my gold member status got me in for free! Yay! It was then time to check out and make our way to Tuscon where Wicked is playing at Arizona University.  It was so exciting to get to see my favorite musical again.  Jeff is so cool for thinking to look what was going on in the area!  We had some Olive Garden for dinner care of wedding gifts, and went to bed early.

Monday we decided to go ahead and start driving home after breakfast, but we stopped a couple times for photo ops and even got to wade in the Colorado River right at the border of AZ and CA.  One thing I hope we can go back that way to do some time is ride 4-wheelers all through the sand dunes!  Very cool.

So that was our weekend and now it’s back to work.  Can’t wait till next month’s “Mini-Moon”  Where will we go?  Maybe SD Wild Animal Park.

relaxation is great

Day 13 – Home Sweet Home

by Jenn

Aside from an incredible amount of takiing both before and after our flight, the flight went well and we didn’t get diverted! woo hoo!  Home now and got all clean in what now seems to be a gigantic shower.  Cozying up in bed watching Friends (in English) and eating Taco Bell – oh to be back in the USA! =)

Day 12 – Redemption

by Jenn

Today was nice finish to our vacation.  Didn’t do much in the morning but went out for a nice lunch at Village Ronsard and and excellent dinner at the Odeon Cafe.  Bottle of wine, grilled salmon for Jeff, Penne with Salmon and dil sauce for me, and cafe creme for Jeff after dinner, chocolate viennois for me.  Delicious!  On our walk back home we stopped to spend our last 7 Euros on dessert.  Crepe Nutella for me, and one with bananas for Jeffrey.  Perfect.  Now for some wind down flux and early to bed to prep for the long travel day ahead.

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