Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Long Weekend in Arizona


I was away last week, on a short trip to the beautiful state of Arizona. My husband and I enjoyed visiting our family members that live there, and we were especially excited to meet our niece and nephew-in-law's twin babies for the first time.  (All photo collages will increase in size for easier viewing if clicked on)


We also enjoyed a day visiting the very scenic Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Ghost Town, which is a replica of an 1890's gold mining town.



We also attended a beautiful moonlit, outdoor wedding and reception. Everything was so perfect! We were happy to share this happy occasion, and we wish the new couple much love and happiness.


We are back in Colorado, where autumn colors have faded and the mountains await their mantles of heavy snow. Ski resorts have opened for the season with the aid of man-made snow, but on the Front Range, the weather has remained mild during the day and frosty at night.  

I've already begun shopping and preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday--how about you?  I host every year and make all the usual favorites.  Busy times are ahead--the best times of the year!


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40 comments:

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Welcome back home, Pat! The Superstition Mountains are so lovely. They seem to rise out of no where! We visited a couple years ago and really enjoyed it! What a beautiful place for a wedding. I'm glad you enjoyed this happy occassion along with visiting family. Have a wonderful time preparing for Thanksgiving! ♥

Linda W. said...

Fall get-aways are always nice. Looks like a wonderful part of Arizona to explore.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

A wedding in Arizona! How beautiful. So nice to be able to see so many different places in the U.S. and family too. Happy Thanksgiving Pat.

Ruth Hiebert said...

The scenes look amazing. A moonlit wedding sounds so romantic.

Angie said...

Pat - we lived in Gilbert Arizona for three years and know the Superstitions well - your shots brought back such sweet memories. I adore the saguaro and so your cacti pix had me swooning. Classic shot with the horses in the foreground, cactus and mountain behind - I could just hear the Western theme song playing (in my head). The wedding mosaic - stunning - which means the wedding must have been exquisite - terrific moon shot! We have been invited next door for Thanksgiving, so we have a supporting role ... which is nice for a change! Have a festive week!

ellen b. said...

Busy times ahead for sure. Looks like a very nice trip with good family moments to treasure in Arizona. Enjoy your week.

jeannettestgermain said...

Since you always so faithfully link to All Seasons I knew you had to be away:) Since I live in a gold rush area, of course I'm intrigued by the whole mining gold phenomena (nothing like that in Holland!). Always great to attend a wedding. But since Thanksgiving is coming, I can imagine you wanted to go home a.s.a.p.! Since I live close to my daughters, they like to do the cooking on the holidays, which I have gladly accepted:)
Many thanks for your post -wow, those ski slopes look perfect!Have a great week of preparation:)

Tom said...

...another gorgeous glimpse of the American West. Thanks for the tour. I hope to see you again.

LV said...

You make us feel as tho we are right along with you on your trips. Colorado is such a pretty state in the fall. I recently attended an outdoor wedding, but not this late. They are very pretty outside to me.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your photos and trips are always wonderful. The wedding looks beautiful. Lovely scenery and views! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

A Colorful World said...

What a great trip! Loved the awesome photos. I did enjoy AZ in the winter...just couldn't live there anymore because of the summers! But it's an awesome state! Congrats on the twin babies and the sweet wedding couple too.

Gayle said...

We have a long week-end in Arizona coming up. Your photos have increased my anticipation.

Snap said...

You are galavanting all over the West! Good for you. Looks like a beautiful wedding. Have a fun week!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Thanks for another beautiful tour

Tamar SB said...

Sounds and looks so fun!

NC Sue said...

Such lovely photos. Arizona is one place i definitely want to visit again.
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Barb said...

Your photos remind me of the Wild West! My best friend lives in AZ, and I like going there to visit. It's always a nice respite from cold/snow! We'll have some family here for T-giving. However, not enough snow (yet) to ski!

Fun60 said...

A lovely time to go away and visit that stunning scenery.The setting looked beautiful for the wedding.

Vee said...

A wonderful time indeed! I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year and all that has been requested of me is a pecan pie. 🧡 Happy shopping, happy preparations, and a happy holiday season...

carol l mckenna said...

You two have the best time 'traveling' and what wonderful photography Too!

Happy Week to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Lorrie said...

Glad you had such a lovely time away. I hope you enjoy this next week of preparation for the festivities.

Linda said...

Looks like a gorgeous trip!

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

I have been to Jerome, Bisbee and Tombstone but not to this town. I have to add it to my list of places to visit in Arizona (which area lot).

diane b said...

I envy your ability to cook for so many and make such delicious food. Lucky for me we don't celebrate Thanksgiving so I don't have to worry about cooking.

Lady Fi said...

Wonderful shots and a lovely location for a wedding.

Tanna said...

Beautiful wedding, Pat! And, oh, my, yes! The busy season is here! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday gathering! Happy preparation time!! blessings ~ tanna

Jeanie said...

The wedding sounds lovely, Pat. And so does your time in Arizona. A cousin of mine runs a ranch in Tucson that I have been dying to visit (in the winter, please!) for the longest time. Maybe someday. I can see why so many of my fellow Michigan people head to AZ in the winter! Your photos only make me want to visit more!

Maggie said...

The Superstition Mountains, what an interesting name I wonder why they are called that? The outdoor wedding must have been a wonderful event to attend, it all looked so pretty. Enjoy your Thanksgiving prep, I look forward to seeing al the wonderful blog posts each year when the holiday season begins.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

A beautiful, moonlit wedding and the scenery made your trip very memorable and fun. I always enjoy seeing photos of your road trips. Have a nice week!

Weekend-Windup said...

Sounds that you had a wonderful time in Arizona. Pictures looks beautiful:)

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful wedding! We visited Bob's daughter in Arizona awhile back and also visited the Superstition mountains and museums. Lovely
MB

handmade by amalia said...

You always take us to the nicest places, Pat.
Amalia
xo

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks for taking me on a mini-vacay! I would love to see those places! I was once in Phoenix in November, and the weather was perfect.

Light and Voices said...

I enjoyed the mini-vacation to Arizona. It is getting cold here in Illinois and wishing for the warm weather you were enjoying there. Glad you could make the wedding and visit with the twins. Family is BEST. I too am being a hostess for Thanksgiving. Haven't done it in years so am a bit anxious.

bettyl-NZ said...

Great photos of a wonderful time! I've never thought about having an evening wedding but I love the idea.

Ramona {Coco and Felix} said...

I could use some warm weather right now. I'm freezing!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What a beautiful time you had an Arizona! Such beautiful pictures of Superstition Mountain! How lovely to have a moonlit wedding! Thanksgiving is a busy time and I pray that your time with family is very blessed!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a simply wonderful time you had in Arizona.
As always your mosaics are beautiful with a fabulous selection of photographs.

Enjoy thanksgiving ...

All the best Jan

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I've heard of the Goldfield Ghost Town... on my list of places to visit. Beautiful photos!!

Jann Olson said...

Hubby and I lived in AZ for 5 months years ago while he consulted with an engineering firm. We loved the superstitious mountains! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann