I feel like we’ve been away so much the first 3 months of the year. OK, maybe I was just away a lot. I was gone almost all of January spending the first few weeks in Tanzania and Zanzibar then coming home for less than 48 hours before jumping back on a plane headed for Tucson. I had promised to visit my sister for her birthday.
We didn’t do too much in Tucson since she lives a few hours from there. We did spend a day in the super cute mining town of Bisbee which may have been my favorite day and place we checked out.
We started the day with shopping. Fee (above) and I really wanted a turquoise necklace so we tried on every.single.one we could afford.
After shopping for necklaces, we of course had to shop for Christmas ornaments. I stumbled upon the nicest couple in one of the indoor shopping areas who were selling the handcrafted ornaments above for $5 (!!) each. I ended up with one of the pueblo dwellings and the white ball with the chilies down the front. She even cut me a deal and gave them both to me for $7.
After all the shopping, we headed to lunch. We found the cutest place with some of the best Mexican food I’ve had in a while. I had the citrus marinated pork tacos with roasted corn off the cob and THE BEST black beans ever.
I really like that the food wasn’t smothered in swiss or cheddar cheese. I could do with a taco now. After tacos we headed to the Queen Mine Tour (also in Bisbee). As far as mine tours go, it was fun. I think the best part was the train we rode into the mine and the outfits we had to wear.
On our last day of the trip we went on a walking tour of Tucson. My sister and Fee were in search of the perfect cactus to pose in front of. It took a little while but we finally found it!
The visit to see my sister was fun. Lots to eat, lots of sun and great company!
In February, Micah, Izzy and I headed to Mt. Rainier to go snowshoeing with our friend D. We didn’t get a ton of snowshoeing in because most of the trails were on avalanche alert but we did get a good session in.
It was a total whiteout. Everything looked like it was glowing.
D went to check out a potential train but came up empty handed. The snow was too deep.
I forgot my hat so Micah graciously let me use his. I know he was cold but put on a brave face and yellow sunglasses to mask his discomfort.
We wished we had more time there but were happy with what we got. We hope to get a few more snowshoeing trips in before the season is over.
So of course our last trip of the quarter was to Santa Barbara for a long weekend. Micah’s brother and sister-in-law were going to be there with the kids over Spring Break visiting Micah’s parents. We decided to head down because we haven’t seen them since Christmas 2009.
We spent first day hanging out and getting the boys settled. On Sunday we started with the Botanic Gardens followed by lunch on the water. After lunch the boys had a nap while the adults did a little wine tasting and went to the courthouse to check out the views.
For dinner we headed to Micah’s Uncle and Aunt’s house. Micah’s Uncle and Aunt don’t have green thumbs, they have green arms. Check out their backyard garden.
Our pictures don’t do this garden justice. I don’t know if you can see it but on the left in the picture above is a chicken house that puts most people’s tree houses to shame. Everything they grow is organic. We want to be just like them when we grow up.
On the last day we headed to the beach with the boys. It was the first time either of them had seen the ocean.
It was kind of cloudy in the morning but the sun came out eventually.
All in all a great weekend and a great first quarter of travel. We’ve got Guatemala coming up in a few weeks followed by London in May for me. We have plans for Whistler in the summer and were offered Micah’s parents’ condo and car in July. If we can swing it (financially) we may be headed back to Santa Barbara.
Anyone else do any traveling since the start of the year?