Mini Weekend Getaway to Flagstaff, AZ

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This past weekend we decided to pack up our pup Phillip and hit the road to Flagstaff, AZ to escape the Phoenix heat (kind of). Although it was only slightly cooler (around a 90 degree high), it made all the difference! We drove up mid-afternoon on Saturday after a quick stop to the Farmer’s Market for some yummy snacks.

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We drove straight to a small trail, Tom Moody Trail. It was short, easy and dog friendly so we thought it would be a great place to start. It started out promising  but boy were we wrong…

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After getting about 1/2 way in our poor little pork-chop, Phillip, decided to lay down and that was the end. Kirby, being the great dog-dad that he is literally had to carry her the rest of the way back to the car… It’s pretty clear that Phillip may need a tad more exercise.

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After we dropped the pork chop off at our hotel for a much deserved nap, we headed out to explore downtown Flagstaff on our bikes! Our first stop was Mother Road Brewing Company. I’ve got to admit that I’m not the biggest beer fan but I really enjoyed the Mother Road! The beer was great, the outdoor patio was pup friendly and they had one restaurant that you could order in from, and one that showed up at 4:30PM and did table service.

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After Mother Road we headed out to find Dark Sky Brewing. DSB was located in the coolest building that was also dog friendly, had lots of games and a food truck on site! I love the atmosphere here. After a beer here we headed back out on our bikes to hangout at our hotel with Phil.

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Sunday morning we slept in a little and then loaded up and checked out. We took Phillip with us to May’s European Coffee House and Bakery (not pictured: delicious iced lattes and dirt chai’s). After a quick breakfast we walked around downtown a bit and then hit the road!

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Of course before getting back to Phoenix, we had to make one last stop at the scenic view for a few good selfies. It was a short, sweet (less than 24 hour) vacay to beat the rut of getting stuck inside during the very hot Phoenix summers!

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Weekend Away in ABQ, New Mexico

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This past weekend I traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico with my roommate Kassie. The idea to go to ABQ started way back in February when we bought tickets to see Hozier live at the Sandia Resort and Casino in ABQ. Little did we know we were in for a treat because the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was going on the same weekend! So, not only did we get to see the Irish love of our life, Hozier, but we also got to experience the world’s premiere balloon event (and my boo-thing came to ABQ to spend the weekend with us as well)!

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I would definitely recommend 1) going to see Hozier any chance you get and 2) going to the Balloon Fiesta next year, the views are spectacular and are definitely worth the less-than expensive tickets to get in. If you ever find yourself in ABQ you need to stop by the Canteen Brewhouse for some awesome beer, food and a great outdoor patio! Some other fun/delicious stops would include Frontier Restaurant, Blake’s Lotaburger, and Satellite Coffee.

*All photo’s are taken via my iPhone (sorry for the terrible quality)