This last weekend, my Mom and I traveled to Phoenix to celebrate my uncle's 60th birthday. It was a quick trip but super fun because I got to see my aunt and uncle, my two cousins, and my cousin's new wife...all whom I love. This branch of the family is always a blast and after just a couple of days with them, my jaw was sore from laughing so much. My uncle is a lucky man. He had a great party and was surrounded by his friends and family who love him. We enjoyed a yummy catered dinner, a beautiful tiered cake (which was absolutely delicious), and plenty of drinks for all.
Before the festivities started, some of us took a leisurely hike up to Pinnacle Peak, a Scottsdale landmark. I enjoyed the hike and being able to look out over the desert landscape. Although it is different than what we recognize as traditional beauty, the desert is gorgeous, especially in Arizona. When we have visited before it has always been in the winter, around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visiting in spring was a real treat because all of the wildflowers were in bloom. Even along the freeways, huge bursts of yellow, orange, and purple lined our path. Below are some pictures from our hike to Pinnacle Peak.
I believe Pinnacle Peak is on the right...maybe he's a double Peak though.
Marigolds do not just grow in California. Sadly, I have probably seen more marigolds in Arizona than I have in California. And then of course there is the cacti.