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Saturday, February 22, 2014

“I HATE relaxing!”

That is the funny quote of the week from Ree. It’s a great quote to describe our fun, action-packed Arizona trip to see my little bro and his wife.

It was a great visit! We kicked things off with some scenic desert trail riding.


IMG_1108LRImmediately after the trail riding, super-SIL Jane and I hit the spa for fantastic massages. As I’m sure all of my, ahem, mature friends will agree, that decision was genius. New family rule: from this point forward, post-ride massages shall be mandatory for all adults.

In keeping with the western theme of the day, we grabbed some grub at Rustler’s Rooste. That place is a hoot. Long-horned bull in the front of the restaurant, fun headbands and cotton candy for the kiddos, delish t-bone steaks... Yeah it was a hit.


Did a lot of other fun outdoorsy things, naturally. Hiking South Mountain, for one – dang, that preserve is just gorgeous.


It wouldn’t be a proper family visit without some fierce backyard competitions. We started with corn hole and giant jenga:Backyard

And ended with late-night s’mores. Mmmm.IMG_1172LR

Thanks Bob and Jane for a wonderful time. We loved spending time with you in your beautiful desert playground.

PS: Thanks to Jane for the awesome trail-riding pics! I don’t have any of my own pics from that ride because my phone dropped in the toilet right before saddling up. Gah!


  1. Anonymous2/22/2014

    Looks like a lot of fun. I bet the girls were in heaven with the horse ridding. Giant Jenga looks great.


  2. Anonymous2/23/2014

    Bout time you posted! Was missing an update from th e Salsa family and wondering where you guys went :)

  3. Psst. Your email account may have been hacked. I have received two dubious emails so far.

    1. Johnny, when did you get the last one? All security settings/pword/etc were changed by TubaDad late on the 21st. If it's still happening (or happening for a second time) that is not good!

  4. What a great family trip!

  5. Anonymous2/24/2014

    Glad to finally know that all of you are ok. I was concerned. Looks like a fun trip.

  6. Anonymous2/24/2014

    Glad to finally get an update for you. I have been so concerned. Looks like the Salsa family has enjoyed another fantastic trip.

  7. Anonymous2/24/2014

    To have their energy! And smores too! I love your blog for ideas for my toddler.

  8. Anonymous2/24/2014

    May I suggest, for a future visit, that you check out The Children's Museum of Phoenix? It is interactive, very much a "Please touch" place.
    I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit here.

  9. So love the cactus picture! Hilarious. Okay. So, I'll give Ree 15 -20 years to rethink the quote about relaxing! So cute. I am glad you got to have some massages. Looks like a blast.

  10. Sounds like we were in town at the same time - though you were having much more fun than us! Hope to catch up with you all sooN!


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