Friday, December 9, 2005

Home, sweet (snowy!) home..

Well, Jackie was WONDERFUL!! What a huge change in her! She is much more mature and very devoted to her recovery. It was so amazing to see her like this! I just can't say enough good things about how she was!

Day 1: We arrived at Phoenix airport at about 1245pm. Drove to where Jackie works. Jackie came running out and we all hugged and kissed her. Went inside to grab a bite to eat (we were starved...airline food sucks!) and met all Jackie's co-workers. Everyone eas very nice and sweet. Went to our hotel to check in, leaving Jackie at work. Drove to Jackie's home at 630pm, met housemates and friends. Drove to her meeting where she received a "90 day" chip...days clean! Yay Jackie!! Went back towards hotel and grabbed some dinner. Crashed in bed. (Long day!)

Day 2: Picked Jakcie up at 10am. Drove to the Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ...about a 45 minute drive from Mesa. Drove on the scary ass road to Canyon Lake where we decided to take a steamboat ride around Canyon Lake. Just beautiful and peaceful! After the ride, we decided to take Apache Trail to Tortilla Flats for lunch. Very cool place! Had lunch at the local restaurant. There were dollar bills stapled on every ceiling/wall/window..everywhere!! They had some killer chili, too! Then we took a walk around outside. Back in the car, and drove back to Mesa. (Note: This road, Apache Trail, takes you alongside a deep canyon with NO GUARDRAILS! How do you say "panic attack"?! I broke out in a cold sweat and had a death grip on my seat!) We took Jackie food shopping and then it was time for her to return to the property. Herman and I went to Red Lobster for dinner. Mom passed.

Day 3: Picked Jackie up at 11am and headed for Old Town Scottsdale. Ate lunch at an Italian restaurant, which is exactly what Jackie wanted! Decided that we should head to the local mall to do some clothes shopping for Jackie. Spent the better part of the afternoon in the mall. Then headed back to Scottsdale for a very nice dinner at Houston's, a steakhouse. Jackie's sponsor met us there. We had a nice dinner! Jackie had to be back on property by 7pm so it was an early dinner. Then we (me, Herman and mom) headed to Tempe to see Mill Rd. We stopped at a haunted restaurant for a drink. We were disappointed in Mill Rd., as it turned out to be a college hang out. We even had someone ask us for money! About a block and a half into our walk my mom and I felt too uncomfortable to continue. So, we headed back to the room. Herman was disappointed.

Day 4: No Jackie. Me, Herman and mom headed 133 miles to Sedona, AZ. What a ride. Sedona was just awesomely beautiful! Red rocks, beautiful scenery! We decided to take a Pink Jeep tour on the Broken Arrow trail. It was so much fun! I just can't say enough about how much fun it was! My mom loved it, too! If you ever get the chance to do this, go for it! You won't be sorry! We headed back to Mesa at sunset. Had some dinner and then headed back to the room to pack.

Day 5: Stopped at Jackie's job to say our goodbye's. Caught a 1205pm flight home. Uneventful flight.

It was a great trip! The best part was getting to see how well Jackie is doing!

Peace!

1 comment:

brimasta1 said...

Hey! Glad you liked most of AZ that you saw. I have been to Sedona quite a few times from when I lived in Tucson. I hear ya about Mill Rd in PHX.. Gets annoying after awhile. Hope all is well!
Brian