Last year when we went to The Netherlands to visit family, we took a road trip down to Ghent, Belgium for a night and strolled around the city for two days. It reminded me of a miniature Amsterdam, without the modern touches the Dutch are so great at weaving into their charming, old cities. It was quite lovely, as you can see: Gravensteen Castle was built in 1180, and is right in the city center. At the time of my visit (last August) it was one of the oldest standing structure I’d ever visited. (However, I went to Rome shortly after my night in Ghent. America is such a young baby, yall.) Also, while in the castle, I saw a guillotine that had actually chopped off heads before. (Ahh!) I was working on organizing my photo archive tonight and these reminded me how thankful I am to have these experiences and not even need these photos to know what it’s like to stand in a place so old and fantastic. Life is good.
We drove from Williams back to Phoenix today, along the sometimes icy and sometimes winding paths of Interstates 40 and 17. The original reason I went to Arizona starts tomorrow… my work team’s meetup! 😀
Cold afternoon at the Grand Canyon. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 15, 2016 at 6:07pm PST Hanging at the Grand Canyon. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 15, 2016 at 6:02pm PST Winter at the Grand Canyon. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 15, 2016 at 8:19pm PST It was beautiful & more than I expected. It was also very cold. I’ll share details & more photos soon.
We spent the late morning in Sedona hiking around Red Rock State Park (after a leisurely wake up, then toast & jam for breakfast). I walk places sometimes, but I hadn’t officially hiked in years (or sort of ever?) so it was a nice change. I think I prefer hiking in this sort of spot over walking around the neighborhood just to walk. The weather was warm and the surroundings were beautiful. We wandered for a few miles, and went up to Eagle’s Nest Overlook. After our hike, we wound our way up the mountains to head to Flagstaff. We stopped shortly before arriving at a lookout point and I took the above photo. It was suddenly much colder when we got out of the car there, so it felt like we’d driven so much further. It’s sort of amazing how going up a mountain changes things so much. I can’t recall ever seeing a view quite like this one. Tomorrow: the Grand Canyon!
We drove from Phoenix to Sedona today. It was in the 50s and sunny, without a cloud in the sky, this afternoon when we ate lunch outside. It’s a cute town and the surrounding area is beautiful, rough, and red. The place we’re staying tonight is off a winding, not quite paved country road and runs up against Red Rock State Park. We wandered around the property a bit during sunset, and now at bedtime, it’s pitch black outside of the window and I haven’t seen so many stars in the sky in a long time.
I flew to Phoenix today (in my Feminist Frequency tshirt & favorite Automattic hoodie). My team’s meetup is in a few days, so I’m in/around Phoenix a few days early with two coworkers/friends to check out the Grand Canyon and whatever else we find along the way. Send tips if you’ve been to the area & have any recommendations! We’re in Phoenix, then going to Sedona, and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and maybe Horseshoe Bend and Flagstaff too.
Naughty & Nice. (Better than the other can that recommended sharing with a polar bear! 😳) A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Dec 7, 2015 at 4:50pm PST I’m hoooooooome! I had a great time in Philly for WordCamp US, but whooooa am I happy to be back at my house. I’ll be recapping & reflecting on the event here in the coming week. For now I need to catch up on my sleep. More soon! 😀