When you get the opportunity to ‘get away’ for a few days – do you take it?

You would assume that most of us would reply with a resounding “YES!”

Well, unfortunately there are sometimes that you have to say “No”.  

Every year, my husband heads up to Northern Arizona for a conference.  And each time, he invites me to go with him.

Now, it isn’t that I didn’t want to go – but life has a habit of getting in the way of “getting away from it all”. 

But not this year!  I was determined to go.  So last week, we headed up to Payson, which is a small mountain town just 1 1/2 hours away.

While my husband was busy at his conference – I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the scenery around me…

Most of my photo-taking opportunities occurred at sunset.

I love how the sun makes the clouds look rosy, don’t you?

Besides the beautiful skies, I enjoyed the cooler temperatures.

We spent two nights and days.  It really was a wonderful time and a welcome ‘getaway’ from the daily stresses of life.

As we drove down the mountain towards home, I was refreshed and ready for the week to come.

Life is now officially crazy again because the kids have begun school.  (Our school district has 8 week summers and extended fall and spring breaks).

You know what?  Every year it seems that I have to buy more school supplies then the year before.

**I finally came to that realization on Monday after I had made three separate trips to Walmart and then one to Staples.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and have had the opportunity to get away 🙂

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

2 replies
  1. trav4adventures
    trav4adventures says:

    Oh, we LOVE Payson! We spent a week up on the Mogollon Rim, in a cabin in Overgaard, last summer. And, yes, I also get an 8 week vacation this summer (I'm a teacher…) The summer has just gone too quickly…sigh. Next month we're heading up to the Sierra Nevada for 10 days, then school starts. I'm also scouting the back to school sales for notebooks and crayons and markers.

  2. Indie
    Indie says:

    How nice to get away for a bit before the chaos starts back up!
    I wish we had a school schedule like yours – the kids are getting a little stir crazy from being cooped up inside since it's too hot to go outside. This will be my oldest's first year in kindergarten (*sniff!*)

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