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Phoenix, Arizona

Lately, my life has consisted of my yard being dug up so they can finally fix our drainage issue, Molly going to the vet for a possible UTI, and various other craziness. I can't even remember it all. But you don't want to hear about stressful things like that!

Instead, let me tell you about my unexpected work trip to Phoenix! I'm still there now. I don't fly home until tomorrow morning. But I just got a few pictures, so I thought I would share with everyone.

I didn't know until a week ago that I'd be coming here, so I had no real expectations for anything I might get to see or do. And honestly, this might be the least I've seen of any city I've gone to. This tradeshow is actually pretty darn short compared to most. Just an opening reception and then one day of exhibiting.

Yesterday was rough. My alarm went off at 3:15 ... AM ... lol. And even though Phoenix is Mountain Time (only 2 hours behind), they don't observe Daylight Savings Time, so it's really a 3-hour time difference. So I was up for almost 24 hours yesterday. 

The tradeoff is that I got to sleep WAY in. Or at least it felt to my body like I slept a lot more than usual.

Anyway, my show ended this afternoon, so I figured I'd at least walk the few blocks around my hotel. It's not exactly the scenic view of Arizona that you might picture in your head. I'd have to come back on vacation to be able to drive out to some of the hiking trails and such. But even though what I've been able to see isn't exactly satisfying for a 5-hour flight, I just can't be one of those people who's content to see only the inside of their hotel when in a new city.

There are lots of places I've gotten to go to for work that I may never have seen otherwise. I may as well take as much advantage of that as I can!

So, without further ado, my pictures.

I walked to the top of the parking garage next door to get a few shots of my surroundings. Just gives you an idea of what the city looks like.

This is one side of the convention center where I've spent the past two days...

I had to zoom in for you to be able to see anything from a photo, but the city is surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides, so I had to try to get a few shots, even if they're a little blurry.

Some neat graffiti art. And spectacular dumpster, obviously.

Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

And a gorgeous southwestern-style Catholic diocese.

Maybe not the beautiful rock formations I'd love to see, but not bad for just walking a few blocks around my hotel, right? I may try to get a few sunset shots as well, but we'll see how my feet feel. Lol.

Also, I ran into the same thing here that I noticed in Denver -- it's SUPER windy in the late afternoon/evening. I'm guessing that has something to do with the mountains. My hair was ALL over the place! So I looked touristy snapping pictures and also like Cousin It. 

It's beautiful weather too. High 80s the last two days and nice and dry. One step up from Florida, that's for sure.

Well, that's about it! Hope you enjoyed getting some of the sights of Phoenix.

I'll work on getting the Watership Down recap up in a few days once I'm back home, so keep an eye out for that too.

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