My first “Throw Back Thursday” blog style! Back in August of 2001 I spent two glorious weeks in Phoenix, AZ. Now I know, “Phoenix in August? And she doesn’t mean ‘glorious’ in the sarcastic way?” Crazy talk, I know, but I loved it. First off, it’s true what they say about “dry heat”. Minus the humidity, a 115F day could feel nothing more than a hot 88F. Our hotel of choice was the The Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix. Back in the day this hotel was absolutely amazing. Beautiful didn’t even being to describe it. I only utilized the bedroom and pool area but, oh my, it was awesome. Today, 13 years later, I have no doubt it would blow me away. The photos on the website look stunning, yet I have no doubt that the pictures do not do the rooms justice. I would love to go back and check it all out today.
It’s amazing how age can change your perspective on traveling. Back then I was just in the “take it all in” mode and I wasn’t too adventurous. I actually went on this trip with my then boyfriend and his dad for his father’s business trip. I was also a mere 19 years old at the time. So no drinking for me (yes, I was a good girl back then, I followed the rules!). Therefore I cannot, unfortunately, comment on the bar scene at the time. I did check out the local mall. I forget what it was called back then but a quick search of GoogleMaps and I believe it’s what’s now call the Arizona Mills Mall. They had the first Neiman Marcus (last call) that I had ever been to. That mall was amazing to little old me. Also went to one of the coolest baseball stadiums I had ever been to – the Arizona Diamonbacks Stadium. An indoor stadium with climate control – I thought I had died and gone to baseball heaven.
So, 13 years later, I still think fondly on my time in AZ. I wish I had done more (though transportation was a bit of an issue at the time). I also wish I could remember the names of all of those cute little shops I visited, or even the direct from the hotel I was walking in to get to them. I would love to do it again as a chick in her 30’s. This time, I would even bring the updated man in my life =). Love you hubby!