Birthday getaway to Flagstaff

We recently returned from a long weekend in Flagstaff for Derek’s birthday. We packed a lot of activities into the 3 days we were in the area. We left Thursday night and camped in Escalante. We stopped in Page, AZ at the Crepe Cafe for a tasty breakfast. And we arrived in Flagstaff Friday afternoon to begin the real fun. Our first stop was a local running store to get some tips on trails in the area. From there we headed off to the recommended Buffalo Park for an afternoon trail run through the trees.

After running we ate and explored the downtown area. We feasted on amazing Mexican food at MartAnnes, tried some local brews at Mother Road and Wanderlust, and enjoyed the cool evening and the friendly people around us. The following day we did more of the same-eat, drink, shop, repeat. We had pastries and coffee at Macy’s, a European coffeehouse, we ate lunch at Beaver Street and enjoyed their wood fired pizza, and stopped in at Dark Sky as well (PB&J and Golden Oreo beer…yum!). Saturday afternoon we headed out to the Flagstaff Nordic Center and checked in to our YURT for the evening!img_2526img_2518img_2531img_2545img_2551We spent the afternoon relaxing, reading, tending to the camp stove, and just enjoying nature. We played bocci ball, cards, and cooked brats over the fire. Neither of us have ever stayed in a yurt before and it was definitely an experience to repeat! I would have loved to stay longer there in all it’s seclusion and peacefulness.12814335_787534508973_4051417236231867298_n12814012_787534518953_1702545963124555679_n12799303_787534459073_3143936572403210010_n12804834_787534484023_8317378581724634523_n12794492_787534414163_6058596058034903695_n

On Sunday morning we headed out and stopped at Horseshoe Bend. This is a very popular place to photograph, so I was excited to see it myself. It’s quite touristy, but still a beautiful view. The hike is simple which makes it a great quick stop to stretch your legs. We also made one more stop at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Our plan was to hike around there as well, but just as we entered a storm blew in. The high winds and rain in our faces didn’t make hiking in the sand seem that enjoyable, so we simply enjoyed the sights, walked around a bit, and headed back to the car. It is now a place we hope to return to.12821478_787534573843_490386060096722359_n12800166_787534603783_1107309786258844328_n12814767_787534658673_5915308603013641565_n