Phoenix Journals

An Arizona Wedding (and Everything in Between)

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A September 2009 trip to Phoenix by Mandan Lynn

Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona More Photos
Quote: We drove all night from Denver to see the Grand Canyon and attend my friend's wedding in Phoenix!

Driving Through the Night

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Maybe I'm a pansy for having made it to my 26th (pushing 27th) birthday without ever driving all night. I'm sure a lot of you have done this on more than one occasion, but it was brand new for me, and, to my lasting surprise, an experience I wouldn't mind repeating.We had a strategy in place before we left, and I believe this is key. Driving while you're tired is no laughing matter, unfortunately, and you don't want to be messing around with the possibility of falling asleep behind the wheel. Years ago I had one near-sleeping disaster, and it made me realize that it CAN happen, and that you don't really see it coming until you're jerking back awake and swerving back between the lines, i...Read More
My Travel Buddy Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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When I traveled alone, I took a lot of pictures. Not "a lot" according to some people's standards of a lot, which gets to be overkill, but I took enough to adequately aid in my memory of a place, and to color my travel journals.This is one of a few recent smaller trips that I took with someone, and picture-taking just isn't the same. To start with, if we're talking and carrying on, I just don't think to pull out the camera and start snapping. As we walked out of Flicka's, we were still raving about our burritos and pondering the strange math that led to the total on our check, so it didn't occur to me to turn around as I left and capture the entrance in digital. Concerning ...Read More

Grand Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "The Big Ditch"

Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Of course, there are probably 1,000 or more Grand Canyon reviews, and a bazillion Grand Canyon pictures. But these are mine.When I traveled overseas, listening to people talk about the things they wanted to see in the US made me realize how much I had left to see in the US. Much like the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, Hawaii, Yellowstone, and so many other American treasure, the Grand Canyon is just something you really need to see. And now, finally, I have.We drove to the South Rim. My phone started going out of service around 8:30 am, and we passed through the fee station around 9:30. It costs $25 per car -- too bad we were one day too soon for the national museum and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2009

Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888

Breakfast Club

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Restaurant | "Breaking the Fast"

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Nick's not a big breakfast person, so I felt a little bad for asking that we go here for breakfast on Saturday morning -- but I love breakfast! Come on!It was very busy -- we had a 15-minute wait. We were seated at a little table and handed a menu. We ordered water (foregoing the coffee bar and the milk, which, to Nick's horror, was $2.00 per glass) and then considered our options. I wouldn't call it outrageously expensive -- but it's a little more pricey than what you might normally expect to pay for similar items elsewhere.Build-your-own omelets seemed to be a popular item. Ingredients, which apparently are subject to change, were listed on the chalkboard. N...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2009

Breakfast Club
4400 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
(480) 222-2582

The Phoenician

Hotel | "Feeling Like a Rich Person"

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My friends got married at the luxurious Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. I can't do much in the line of reviewing this, except from what I learned in the few hours I was there doing wedding-y things.1. Weddings are clearly an area of expertise for the people at The Phoenician. Prior to the ceremony, there were people on hand giving out water and making sure everything went according to plan. The food was wonderful and the dining experience was well-organized.2. The place is huge. You could walk for days through green lawns and fountains.3. Rooms were specially priced at $199 for the wedding. Hence, we stayed elsewhere. 4. The golf course is rig...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2009

The Phoenician
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
(480) 941-8200

Best Western Papago Inn

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Hotel | "The Perfect Bed"

Best Western Papago Inn Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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I chose the Best Western Papago Inn for its price and proximity to the place where my friends got married. However, from now on I'll choose it for its BEDS.I have found the perfect bed. Super-soft, perfectly comfortable. Most hotels are concerned about missing towels and pillows -- but if there had been any way to load that king bed into my car and take it home, well....I can't promise I wouldn't be trying to squeeze it through my door right now.The desk staff were friendly and helpful. We didn't use the pool, but it looked nice and was right next to a cage of birds. Poor little guys. The entire pool area was inviting, indeed, if we'd had the time.I booked onl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2009

Best Western Papago Inn
7017 E MCDOWELL RD
Scottsdale, Arizona 85257
1-4809477335

Flicka's Bar and Grill

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Restaurant | "Beer and Burritos (at Flicka's)"

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We drove up and down the street about four times before deciding on Flicka's Bar and Grill, a happy-looking little place we nearly missed. It was early on a Friday -- around 3:30 or so -- so there were only a few customers, but we hungry from skipping lunch.The decor was typical bar: random and cluttered, dark and cozy. There was a giant (and colorful) fish near our table and a statue of the Captain as you came in the door.The menu was full of American and Mexican items (including some seafood!), like nachos, chicken wings, salads, hot dogs, grilled chicken, tacos and burritos. Nick and I settled quickly on the burritos -- he ordered a steak burrito, I ordered chicken, and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2009

Flicka's Bar and Grill
2003 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85257
480-945-3618