Friday – arrived
at Phoenix – ate at Franco’s Italian
Cafe in Scottsdale. Great meal in quaint restaurant and actually #2
Restaurant in Trip Advisor.
Saturday –we ate
breakfast at The Breakfast Club in
downtown Scottsdale then headed south to Marana AZ where Jack & Margaret
Barry live. We stopped on the way and ate (again) at one of our favorite fast
food joints In & Out Hamburger. Arrived at Jack & Margaret’s and
visited in their unbelievable lovely neighborhood and home. We then headed to a
local steakhouse ate dinner. We spent the night at Jack and Margaret’s. Lovely
home and people!
Sunday – we left
early and headed to Sedona, AZ -we
arrived in afternoon and took a Pink Jeep tour up the mountain. I have to let
you know this was unbelievably fun and adventurous. This Jeep is so tough that
it easily navigated the roughest roads and trails I have ever witnessed. It was
awesome!! We went to dinner at the Mesa
Grill which is located right on the airport runway, dinner was very nice.
We stayed the night in Sedona at the Sky Ranch Lodge which
is a very old place but clean, it’s also convenient to the best sunsets.
Monday – In
Sedona, we spent a few hours walking a local shopping plaza named Tlaquepaque - what a quaint place mostly art
and jewelry Shoppe’s, we would recommend a visit, We had lunch at an excellent
Mexican Restaurant named El Rincon
Mexican Restaurant. We left in afternoon and headed up to Grand Canyon! Our
drive was beautiful and we arrived at the Canyon at night so could not see
much. We did catch a glimpse of the canyon which piqued our interest that much
more! We stayed the night at Kachina Lodge
which was old campy and clean.
Tuesday – Bucket
List Day! – We opened our curtains and WOW there is was, the Grand Canyon!! We
ventured out along a trail and took some photos. What an amazing view and
canyon! We then took a Pink Jeep tour (3-hours) around the canyon rim. I would recommend
a tour as they provide much more information that you can read and see. During the afternoon we left and drove back to
Scottsdale, about a 3 ˝ hours. We checked in and then went to eat one our
favorite Chicago fast food joints Portillios!
Obviously the Italian Beef and Hot dogs are wonderful.
Wednesday - ate breakfast
“on the cheap” at our Hampton Inn – then went shopping all over including
shopping at IKEA and other places. We had our first stint of Casino at Wild Horse Pass Hotel
& Casino we lost about $100. That night we ate at Oregano’s Pizza which we
would rate about a 4 out of 5. We then
went to a very nice clean Vegas type casino Talking Stick Casino very nice,
we lost about $90.00 but had a great 5-hours of entertainment. I drank a bit
too much, but was having a great time watching basketball game and playing
video poker with a state senator and his mistress.
Thursday – ate breakfast
“on the cheap” at our Hampton Inn then we went to meet my cousin Joe Matt at Portillios We had a great time eating and
talking with Joe, he is very fun! Then we headed west and went to try to find a
place to fly the Soar Media Drone. On the way we found another casino which was
very smoky, dark, ugly and dirty named Ft. McDowell Casino we do
not recommend unless you like smoke! However we did win about $180 so there ya
go! We did find a neighborhood to fly Soar and sent her up for some fabulous views,
kind of windy but fun.
Sky Ranch Lodge –
nice place clean but dated, great neighborhood
Tlaquepaque Shopping –
very cute place with lots of art and jewelry shoppe’s
Mexican Restaurant- wow very good Mexican food! At 10!
Pink Jeep Tours – we
enjoyed them, great fun staff
Mesa Grill –
nice dining on the airport runway – we rate about a 7 ˝ out of 10
The Breakfast Club
Restaurant -great breakfast place,
busy but great – rate 8
Portillios – Chicago
Italian Beef and Hot Dogs - Rate 10
Pizza – Chicago Pizza - rate 7
Cafe – Italian Café - rate 8
Horse Pass Hotel & Casino – rate 8
Casino – rate 0
Casino – rate 9