So Christmas is coming up on us quickly, and our time in Florence is winding down. On our last full day, Tyler and I drove out towards Phoenix into a town called Mesa where they have a huge flea market on Friday and Saturdays.
We were both in heaven – Christmas shopping, of course, but also swooning over jewellery (me) and funny items, home decor, sunglasses, wind chimes, every trinket imaginable and then some. I picked up a pair of purple moccasins and we got Julian a tiny Arizona t-shirt. We had a blast just browsing the aisles for ages, and ended up pretty happy with our haul of stuff.
Once we got home, we had a few minutes to unwind before heading back out for dinner to this place called Organ Stop pizza where there is a guy that comes out of the floor playing an organ. There were flashy lights and organ pipes all over the place, and Baby J was watching everything carefully. I was worried that it’d be too much for him with the loud music, crowd and so many lights, but he seemed to like it fine and bleated out a few funny notes of his own, lost in the din while the organ played on. The food was not too bad either.
On our last day in Florence, Carl arranged for his friend Dennis to dress up as Santa and pop by the retirement community before we left, for us to take a few photos with him! It was pretty surreal and fun – posing for Christmas photos outside, with sunny blue skies and palm trees swaying the the background.
Baby J was a pretty good sport. He doesn’t really mind people he doesn’t know holding him, although it’s hard to make him grin at the camera with the bright sun in his eyes.
We drew out our goodbyes to Carl and Sheila – our amazing hosts who’d done everything for us and made our time in Florence such a relaxing and fun adventure. They went so much above and beyond being kind to us and I hope they enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed theirs!
Once we finally crammed in every last bit of luggage, we set off towards Sedona. We’d originally planned to stop on the way, but Baby J was so pooped and late with his nap, and he just slept and slept, so we drove on and made it there in one shot. As soon as we came towards the town, I knew we were in a special place. The landscape is just stunning and different than anywhere else. As we were driving, the sun was sinking and we could see rusty streaks start to appear in the rocky landscape, then soon we caught glimpses of fiery orange and burnt sienna looming over us.
We got checked in and grabbed a quick dinner, realizing that it was a bit cooler since we’d come North. Sedona was pretty much quiet and shut down after 6pm, but we could tell that it was going to be a neat place to explore first thing in the morning.