Justin and I just got home from a wonderful and relaxing vacation in Tucson, Arizona!
Justin earned this trip through work, and I am so very proud of him! The trip was fabulous!
The resort that we stayed at was built into the side of a mountain - Loews Ventana Canyon. The resort was beautiful!
We learned a lot about the Saguaro Cactus, and I took a lot of interest in this since I had recently taught my 3rd graders about them! I made sure to take a lot of pictures to share with my students!
The Saguaro Cactus does not grow "arms" until it is 50-75 years old! The cactus grows about an inch a year ... Check out this one!
It is estimated to be about 300+ years old!
Justin and I spent most of our time relaxing at the pool - about 5 hours every day. There were different excursions that we could have done or we could have golfed, but we both knew that we wanted this vacation to be relaxing!
This was the view from our room ...
We walked on a few paved trails and attempted to hike on a different trail but I freaked out after about 10 steps, because I was just sure we would see a rattlesnake since it is rattlesnake season right now. I literally ran back off the trail. We did go for a couple of runs - we used the golf cart paths to do that. :)
The resort had some paved paths that led to a waterfall.
The resort from the top of the trails ...
We did do one excursion. We went to the Bio Sphere2. Justin enjoyed it more than I did, but it is interesting to learn about the Missions that they did with having 8 people live in there for 2 years, and then the second Mission that was sabotaged from a scientist from the first Mission.
There was a group of about 100 of us that all stayed at Loews with the insurance company. There were 5 couples from the company that Justin works for. Everyone was from the Midwest, and it was fun to meet the others that were there!
We had a breakfast buffet every morning, lunch on our own, and a dinner reception every night. We ate way. too. much. food. The meals were absolutely delicious - everything from fajitas to steak to lobster to shrimp. I'm pretty sure I would be fine to go without eating for the next few days!
The front of the resort and golf area had a beautiful pond surrounded by flowers.
Our trip was so fun! Now it's back to reality - we are both working tomorrow, and then hopefully we can regroup this weekend! :)
Our kids were completely spoiled by their grandparents while we were gone! We are blessed to have them nearby to help out. They stayed at our house and took the kids to daycare during the day to keep them in a normal routine.
Their smiles and hugs were priceless when we got home today!