As soon as Corey and Kim took the position to serve at White Mountain Bible Church in Show Low, AZ we starting planning our summer vacation to Arizona to visit them. When we got there and met up with them, it was like we had never been separated. We picked up our friendship right where we left off. It was great traveling and sight-seeing with them because they know so much about the area. They enjoy showing new-comers the touristy things about Arizona as well as showing us the great place to go that others may not know about. Thanks for an awesome vacation!!!
Of course we had to visit the Grand Canyon
Corey and Jeff were real troupers and carried the boys on their backs for all of our hikes; even into the Grand Canyon
Kim and I outside the ruins on the Apache Indian Reservation
Jeff and Nathan and I just got back from a great vacation in Arizona. It was a whirlwind trip where we traveled from place to place seeing so many wonderful sights along the way. We flew into Phoenix and drove to Show Low where our good friends Corey and Kim Mortimer moved last year to serve in ministry there. We stayed there for 2 days and visited the Apache Indian Reservation and hiked to the rim of the White Mountains. All of us then traveled together to Flagstaff where we played at Slide Rock - a natural waterpark - and hiked into the Grand Canyon. I can't say enough about the awe and wonder of the Grand Canyon; it was breathtaking. We all went down to Sedona to do a little shopping. The Mortimers had to go home while Jeff and Nathan and I stayed at a nice resort in Sedona for 2 days. We were able to relax by the pool and do a little sight-seeing around Sedona. Finally, we drove back to Phoenix for our flight home. It was a great trip. Below are a few of the awesome pictures from Arizona.
The view of the Grand Canyon from the Bright Angel Trail-head
The Colorado River as it snakes through the Grand Canyon
The Red Rock of Sedona
Chapel of the Holly Cross built into the rock in Sedona
We had a fun, but relatively quiet holiday weekend. No fireworks for the Wisener's, but I have to say honestly I don't really like fireworks unless they are like Thunder (which I love). I guess I should clarify, I don't like small personal fireworks: "Out-of State Fireworks, Buy 1 get 2 Free" road-side stand, blow your hand off, etc. On Friday, the 4th Nathan and I were playing in the back yard when our neighbors (Bill and Billie) came over to say hi. They invited us to join them at the Clifton Neighborhood July 4th Celebration at the Peterson-Dumesenil House. It was fun. Local artists had set up booths to sell their merchandise, fun live music, and lots of good carnival food. The party was on the grounds of the old Clifton Neighborhood homestead. We were even able to tour the ground floor of the mansion. Nathan had a blast running around on the grounds and sharing Billie's ice cream cone. On Saturday the 5th Nathan and I went to Jaron Rhea's 3rd birthday party. We ate hot dogs of every variety. Aimee had researched different hot dog styles and had a lot of toppings to make them. I especially liked the Nacho Style dogs: white cheddar cheese, salsa, homemade guacamole and crushed blue corn chips. Yum!!! That evening Jeff and I went with Laura and Joe Dan Beavers to the Louisville Orchestra concert at the Zoo (Roarchestra). Every Saturday evening in July they have a concert at the amphitheater at the zoo featuring different artists or themes and the Louisville Orchestra. This week was their patriotic celebration. We packed a yummy picnic dinner and relaxed on the grass while we listened to some wonderful music. Jeff and I have been a few times and we love it every year. I highly recommend it as a fun and unique date night. Sunday was Highview's Family Picnic. It was supposed to be at a local park near the church, but the church facilities team scoped out the park early that morning and found there were no working restrooms (a big problem for hundreds of adults and children). They had to quickly relocate the church-wide picnic to the lower parking lot. There were blow-up bouncies and slides for the kids, live music from the student band, and lots of good picnic food (more hot dogs). The weather was a little steamy and hot especially because there was no shade. We had a good time. Early in this post I said we had a quiet weekend, but looking back, I see we were rather busy. We had a lot of fun with so many friends.