Do you ever feel the post-travel blues? You get back from a trip, and just feel down in the dumps, wishing you were back exploring that fantastic place with perfect weather? Yes? What’s more, the feeling doubles when the day after you return home, it’s your birthday!
Instead of having a pity-party though, I’m reminiscing.
You won’t often find us heading to big hotels and resorts. We’re more likely to choose a rental home to feel more connected to a locale, or maybe a smaller charming hotel plopped in the middle of town. We’re certainly not opposed to a few days of luxury, but budget is something we’re always considering.
For our recent trip to the Phoenix area, we were spoiled a bit due to two coincidental events: A work event for Slaed (husband and Dad) and our annual visit to Grandma’s. Getting to spend the day poolside, taking advantage of all the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge had to offer in their expansive outdoor area was one of the highlights of our week in Arizona.
From the splash pad and the adjacent perfectly heated smaller pool, to the lazy river, hot tubs, and larger pools dotted with waterfalls, we enjoyed it all.
At just about 75 degrees that afternoon, it wasn’t what you’d call ideal pool weather, but we were too busy taking in all the fun to mind. Besides the obvious water diversions, the grounds of Desert Ridge are also something to take in, and not just with the eyes. The scent of the purple flowers blooming from the Texas Mountain Laurel trees is out of this world. Something I wanted to bottle up, and take back to Seattle.
More blooms of countless varieties could be seen throughout the outdoor areas of the resort. Separate from the pool area is Desert Ridge’s own mini desert botanical garden. It was a treat to roam the pathways watching the birds and bunnies play, and thanks to great signage, learn a little bit about many of Arizona’s native plants.
Do you get the post-travel blues? What’s your cure?
This post is part of Skimbaco’s #IGTravelThursday. All photos shared are from my Instagram stream. If you’d like to see more of our Arizona travels (and our everyday adventures around Seattle), come join us!
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