By the Time I Get to Phoenix

By the Time I Get to Phoenix

By the time I get to Phoenix sounds a little like a Glen Campbell song from the 60’s, (if you’d like to listen to the song while you read, click on the link) but in this case it was by the time we got to Phoenix, we were exhausted. We were ready for the relaxation we had all signed up for. We had lots of things on our itinerary, but we said no more road trips and we relaxed by the pools and enjoyed cocktails on our patio. We did visit a Frank Lloyd Wright house (my next blog) and of course, we shopped, enjoyed dinners and an Artwalk. Since we had family in the area, we spent time with them and before we knew it, our five days were over and we were back to reality. Dang it. One good thing, we had to drive on the Carefree Highway to get to my cousin’s!

We stayed at Cibola Vista Resort and Spa, a Bluegreen Vacations Resort in Peoria, which was up north a ways, far from the hustle and bustle of Phoenix and close to the family we had in the area. Cibola Vista is a beautiful resort, with two pools and a great desert view with horseback riding. We enjoyed several meals on the grill and loved both pools (especially the adults only one with a poolside bar). We would highly recommend this resort.

Even though we had gotten several recommendations to see the colorful sheer cliff walls of Canyon de Chelly, it was just too much farther to the east and we couldn’t add another thing to this trip. There is a whole list of things we will be doing on our next trip to Arizona, including much more time in Sedona – with visits to Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge and Chapel of the Holy Cross, much more time in Flagstaff and Oak Creek Canyon, Payson and Pine. Around Phoenix, we’d love to visit Lake Pleasant, The Apache Trail, Roosevelt Dam, Tempe and Mesa. And in southern AZ, there’s Tucson, OK Corral, Tombstone and Bisbee. Could be another jam-packed two-weeker!

If there are things you have seen on your travels to Arizona that we should add to our re-visit of Arizona, please comment below. You’ll have to sign in, but it will be worth it. Then you can get on my mailing list (if you want to) (once I get that set up) and you can comment freely on any of my posts.

I have 4 Frank Lloyd Wright visits for my next blogs (click here for Taliesin West). Since my next vacation isn’t until February (the Caribbean yippee!), I’ll have to visit the archives for some materials after that. I have tons of pictures of a Maine/New Hampshire trip, our Mediterranean cruise and many more. If you have suggestions on things you’d like to hear about, please comment below. I’m always up for suggestions.

If you’re new to this site and would like to start at the beginning of our Arizona trip, click here.

Next Stop: Taliesin West

Happy trails,

Barbara Olson

Barbara Olson in Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC


  • Helen B.

    Okay, I admit it, I am sitting here with a Lime-A-Rita in front of me….only half gone.

    September 13, 2014 at 12:18 am
    • Barbara Olson

      Am I going to have to post Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville on my next blog for you Helen?

      September 13, 2014 at 9:18 am
  • Helen B.

    Is Gordon Lightfoot sill alive?……I loved that album back in the 70’s. Now it’s only my memory that’s slipping away on me.

    September 13, 2014 at 12:17 am
    • Barbara Olson

      Yes! He is still alive and is still going out on tour! He’s so relaxing to listen to and… Oh ya what were we talking about? Ha ha. Here’s his website:

      September 13, 2014 at 9:17 am
  • Helen B.

    Your Freakin’ going to the Caribbean? Jim says he’s going to Sturgis again next year….which means I’m going no where. A truer statement has never been issued. Have fun!…I know I won’t be. P. S. I am driving a new Accord, which is why we probably can’t afford a vacation. H.

    September 13, 2014 at 12:15 am
    • Barbara Olson

      We got our priorities straight years ago. New cars and other toys are not our thing. Vacations are and have been since the kids were little and we bought into our timeshare. Now we’re “stuck” and have to use up our points every year so we have to travel. It’s a burden, but we can live with it lol.

      September 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

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