This year I spent the better part of my Thanksgiving holiday not cooking or cleaning anything.
It was very refreshing! Instead of baking and prepping the house for guests, we decided to take advantage of the school holiday and venture into the great outdoors.
Destination: Sedona, Arizona. If you’ve never been there, it’s a breathtaking area at the gateway to the Grand Canyon. After getting up before sunrise and rushing to the airport, we landed at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport and were delighted to be exploring the red rocks by afternoon.
We spent several days hiking, snapping photos, and taking in the beautiful scenery. One thing I love about hiking on vacation is that I can indulge in some hearty meals and guilt-free ice cream cones. This trip I discovered a wonderful breakfast spot called The Coffee Pot, which takes it’s name from the pitcher-shaped rock formation nearby. I was so excited to find grits and biscuits on the menu as well as 101 different types of omelettes. (I tried the chorizo and cheese, but the most creative selection on the menu was PB&J.)
The highlight of the trip was a three-hour trek out to Devil’s Bridge, which is a natural rock bridge tucked deep into the mountains. If I’d realized how long it would take to get there, I might not have ventured the journey… but it turned out to be well-worth the effort.
And the nicest part of the week? I didn’t spend a single moment worrying about turkey or gravy or pie until Thursday morning.
Do you have any non-traditional plans for the holiday season?
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