Category Archives: Arizona Adventures

Old Adobe Mission

The historic Old Adobe Mission restored (formerly Our Lady of Perpetual Help ), was established in 1933 as Scottsdale’s first Catholic church.


 The Old Adobe Mission is a true historic monument.  Its beauty and simplicity of design, and the quiet majesty of the structure continues to draw people.  Many weddings are held here and makes for a nostalgic setting.


 In 2000, Fr. Thomas Hever, Pastor of OLPH, determined that the little building needed to be restored for the community.  A group of parishioners formed a committee dedicated to the restoration of the original, historic church. Their goal was to return the mission to a center of quiet and reflection for locals and tourists.



 The original Mission back in 1933

Old Adobe Mission

Phoenix Farmers Market

The Phoenix Public Market is a program of Community Food Connections.  We went on Saturday but the Market is open on Wednesday’s too.


Downtown Phoenix on Central and E. McKinley


Maya Farms plus many other vendors offer farm fresh produce that is amazing!

Fresh Produce

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Fresh Flowers

Cute Potted Succulents

Check out all the Vendors fun for the whole family.

Phoenix Public Market

721 N Central, Phoenix, AZ

Dreamy Draw Recreation Park

Dreamy Draw Recreation Area is a gateway into the diverse desert landscape that offer’s everything from fantastic views to secluded valleys.  The area boasts of many miles of trails, you virtually get to enjoy the glory of the Sonoran Desert in relative solitude.  Dreamy Draw is a perfect spot for hiking or biking.

DreamyDraw The area was long used for mining and grazing, it did not become a city of Phoenix possession until 1959, when the area was annexed and a long-term lease agreement was signed with the state of Arizona.  It later became one of the major rallying points for mountain preservation efforts.

Dreamy22 The day was a little cloudy, a storm was rolling in but the clouds and lighting were amazing

Dreamy21 Piestewa Peak


The paved bike path along side the nature trails is great for biking, skateboarding, skating, etc.

Dreamy Draw offers many visual rewards

Some of natures treasures in the hands of youth

Dreamy23 As the rain started to sprinkle the sun peaks through giving us hope to finish our hike with a little warmth :)

Dreamy Draw Recreation Area

2421 E. Northern Ave.

Map to the Area

Ranger Office Phone: (602) 261-8318

Hours: All gated roadways and trailhead parking areas are open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Trails remain open until 11 p.m.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona

            tlaquepaque-arts-and-crafts-village-sedona-az0305       The Entrance to the cute village of Tlaquepaque along the Oak Creek

The conceptual history of Tlaquepaque is truly a story of this man’s love for beauty and perfection.  Under the influence of the lively creative arts scene in Mexico, it struck him that Sedona was a natural location for a living arts community…a village where artisans work out in full view and live on-site as well.  It worked in Mexico; it could work here.  He’d call it Tlaquepaque after the colorful Mexican city on the outskirts of Guadalajara.  Tlaquepaque is a word from the Nahuatl Native Indian language – the ancient language of the Aztecs meaning the “best of everything”.

Tlaq-Fountain-3 One of the courtyards and fountains in the square

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Tlaquepaq6 We visited the Oak Creek Brewery and Restaurant while we were there; the deep fried spicy dill pickles were pretty amazing for a crispy, fried start.  I recommend the pizza’s if you go and they’re Orange Blossom Beer is crazy good!!!!  Never tasted anything like it in my life!  The Tlaquepaque Village is a great place to visit especially this time of the year. You won’t be disappointed!

Phoenix Fashion Week

 Phoenix Fashion Week started Wednesday and there are some great new upcoming designers.                                                                                                                             I really like Caroline Monick’s Design’s “a young French designer who sees the world through rose-colored glasses”


Check out Brie Seeley she’s from Lacey, WA… not far from my hometown!