So after my holiday in Phoenix I only had one full day at home to see Mika, do laundry, and pack for Whistler. Like I mentioned before, I was going for a work trip but I wrangled Windy and Christina to come with me to keep me company. I bribed them with shopping and girl talk so it was a win-win all around. (I may have also bribed them with chocolate…)
After flying to Vancouver then traveling by skytrain and bus, we were finally reunited with Christina and began our drive up to Whistler. Nothing says “I miss you” like an up close and personal photo while you are driving….
We spent a lot of time trying out different Whistler restaurants (we only went to one restaurant more than once and that was just because they had good food and played Shaggy on repeat). We also did some touristy things but mostly we did a lot of eating #noshame.
The highlight of the food experience for me was a Mexican restaurant that we tried out. At first we weren’t sure if they were open so we stood outside for a few minutes peering in, but after walking in we realized all the tables were around the corner and they were mostly full! Windy ordered a cilantro margarita that was surprisingly good! We weren’t really sure what to expect but it tasted like blended cilantro with ice and some tequila….so I guess exactly what you would expect it to taste like. I ordered the verde enchiladas that were amazing but I was starving at this point so I could have just ate refried beans in a bowl and been convinced that I had an authentic Mexican restaurant experience.
Christina had to leave a day early because she had to be a grown up and go do some actual work (lame right?) so Windy and I checked out the hot tub at our hotel (the pool was closed :() and then went to a really cool sushi place that was off the beaten path for dinner on our last night there. Windy said it reminded her of Tokyo just from the decor and the lighting which I thought was pretty cool, and the prices were ridiculously cheap which was even more awesome. An order of California roll (8 pieces) was only $4.50! Plus we got to have some really good quality sister time 🙂
Funny story about the hot tub: it was so hot that our pale Scandinavian skin turned lobster red and I could only muster going in up to my knees so while I was sitting on the ledge, and Windy was in the hot tub, a man with his little baby came in. The baby was in an orange onesie with an ‘m’ on it, fashioned after the M&M candies so I said to Windy that she looks like an M&M and how cute that was. For some reason Windy didn’t see the ‘m’ on the onesie and thought I was referring to looks and that I thought the baby looked like Eminem the famous rapper. So she responded with “No I think she looks like a Kardashian!” We didn’t figure out this miscommunication until we went back to the hotel room and Windy was so confused why I thought the baby looked like a white rapper. Nevertheless it gave us a laugh!
Being back in Vancouver both made us really nostalgic and reminisced a lot about our life on the Sunshine Coast before we moved to Southern Alberta. I mean how can you not miss this view:
When I finally got home after a very early wake up call to catch the shuttle back to the airport (we had to be on the bus by 5:50 am yuck), I was so happy to see my little family. I have always loved traveling but nothing compares to your own bed and pillow.
Other than a brief stop at the airport there last Christmas, I had never been to Phoenix before. Brian had been there years prior for baseball but hadn’t got a chance to really experience it at all. We were lucky enough to be invited down by Brian’s parents to stay at his Uncle’s vacation home in Mesa which is just outside of Phoenix. Since we live only an hour away from the Montana border, it worked out a lot cheaper for us to fly from Great Falls to Mesa leaving early Friday morning.
Our week was filled with sunshine, a NCAA football game, shopping, and lots of Vampire Diaries for me (hey I was on vacation!) BTW American Netflix is SO much better than Canadian. Just sayin’.
The football game was by far the highlight of our trip. We dragged Brian’s parents along so it was a first for all four of us. We started our evening out by having some appies at Buffalo Wild Wings (apparently this is a chain in the States) and we all loved the food and atmosphere of the place. It was just across the street from Sun Devil stadium so we paid for parking there (it was a lot cheaper than paying at the stadium) and walked over to check out the tailgaters. We all couldn’t believe how intense some people were about tailgating! Generators with 50 inch flat screens, BBQ, and lots of cornhole (bean bags).
(the marching band was phenomenal! Apparently they are in the top 5 in the States)
The energy of the crowd was the best part of the football game by far. It was incredible the amount of pride and excitement the crowd had for their team! We ended up leaving right after half time (I know I know lamesauce) but we had a really long drive to get back to the house. I would definitely go again though and would like to stay the full time and maybe hit some after parties afterwards just to get the full experience ;).
We did quite a bit of walking and shopping so Brenda and I treated ourselves to pedicures! For a full treatment it was only $30 so why not?! I thought my colour was very Christmas-y and helped to get me started in the holiday mood even though being in the desert and listening to Christmas music felt really weird to me.
I loved going for bike rides, drinking my morning coffee outside by the pool, and relaxing with amazing people and good food. Unfortunately on our last day there as we were driving back from a shopping day, Brenda and Garry’s rental car overheated and we were left on the side of a random desert road while the sun was going down. It was a scene from a horror movie I tell ya, but the rental company was nice enough to send us a cab and a tow truck. Thankfully they arrived in the nick of time because prior to the car problems I had downed a bottle of water and a medium Jamba Juice and there is no polite way to squat in the middle of the desert in front of your in-laws.
Brian and I arrived home in the late afternoon and could not be happier to see our puppy (she had a hard time while we were away and kept injuring herself). However I couldn’t relax for too long though because I had to start packing for Whistler the next day.