Its no surprise that part of the draw of visiting Arizona is for it’s mountainous landscape. It’s rare you’ll find a flat piece of land here, and even if you happen to be in one of it’s few valleys, you’re never far from a spectacular view of peaks in the distance. Vacationing over from one of the flattest states in the US, these sights were a welcome change from the horizontal grounds we’ve been living in for the past year.
One of the exceptional things about all the ridges and sierras we’ve seen so far is not only how beautiful they are, but how simple they are in their beauty. There’s nothing flashy or flamboyant about them, yet they are so mesmerizing you can’t take your gaze away. One of nature’s best canvases unfolded in front of our eyes. No bells and whistles needed, just pure, simple beauty.
Not only have we noticed this trait about the vistas around us, but also from our new JORD watches. This is a company we’ve worked with before, who offer unique timepieces made from wood. Directed at those who lead an experiential lifestyle, this company is all about individuality and a touch of natural elegance and practicality in their products. It’s hard not to find yourself getting lost in the wide series of time keepers offered through their site.
When they contacted us to work with them again, we jumped at the chance. There’s already been so many compliments to our first set of watches that I couldn’t wait to grow our collection. This time around, Matt picked the Fieldcrest in Dark Sandalwood, a choice that he almost went with last year. Since I’ve recently fallen in love with maple after we’ve begun using it for the counters and floors in the new boat, I selected the Ely Series in Maple.
If both of our watches have one thing in common, along with these astounding mountain views, is they are also pure and simple in their beauty but uncommon enough to make you turn your head with a second glance which turns into a long gaze as you try to pinpoint what it is about it’s simplicity that makes it so fascinating. The oiled woods themselves are gorgeous and the faces bring your eye in with their intricate markings.
I’ve already begun pairing mine with as many outfits as I can, and whenever Matt slides his up his wrist I can’t help but blurt out, “That looks so good on you”. I’m sure we’ll receive just as many compliments on our new set of watches, and who knows, maybe we’ll keep our collection going!
Back to our original subject though…. Although it would be almost impossible for me to write posts on all the marvelous sights we took in and stops we’ve made with our time in Arizona, I thought I could at least put together something on our favorite landscapes during our time here, and also sneak in a few photos of our impressive new watches. Included will be a few tidbits about each stop, although you’ve already read about our first one to Payson.
Another great stop on our visit to Arizona was Sedona. Famous for it’s notable red sandstone formations, this area is a must see for anyone passing through the state. Taking a run over to Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in Arizona, we were able to get a wide assortment of amazing photos as Matt and I scaled the steep rock.
I’m saving this destination for a full post, but here’s a few snippets of the day.
In the middle of the week we took off from the house to view some of the best ‘close to home’ sights. Things that weren’t more than a 30 minute drive away. A place I had visited before but wanted to see again was Fountain Hills, just outside of Scottsdale. Every hour on the hour, there is a large fountain in the center of a pond that will shoot up 560 feet in the air, the fourth tallest fountain in the world!
Filled with playgrounds for kids and shaded picnic tables for the adults, its a great place to pack a snack and a few drinks to sit and relax before or after the big show. Or if you stay long enough, you get the chance to see it over and over again.
On this busy local day of ours, we also made a stop at Saguaro Lake. Just 20 miles outside of Mesa, this is a reservoir on Salt River that becomes a very popular spot for locals once the temperatures start going up. We’ve heard that if you try to get in here on a weekend during the summer, there can be a wait of an hour just to find a spot in the parking lot.
Getting a close up look at this lake, we could see why it’s such a popular haunt for anyone looking for time on the water in the middle of this desert. The water was extremely clear, and dipping a toe into it, was refreshingly cool. With the impressive mountains that drape as a backdrop, it’s the best of both worlds as you cool off from the heat and take in the bouldered landscape.
The drive home took us back to the outlook we visited our first day here, overlooking the Superstition Mountains. Because the sun had been in our eyes and blinding us a little during our first visit, we thought we might get better views by stopping once more in the afternoon. By this time the sun was resting behind us and highlighting the mountains much better. We could clearly see Salt River winding in front of us, and fly fishers wading through.
We’d heard that tubing season on the river just opened, and although it was the middle of the week, you could see the stray person here or there floating through the water. Another great spot to cool oneself in this climate while enjoying breathtaking views. In the distance we could just make out Four Peaks, another recognizable landmark for it’s 4 peaks, which also grace the state’s license plate.
The last extra local sight we took in was one I had been begging my dad to bring me around to after I’d seen an amazing photo of it online, and that was Red Rock. Originally he’d told me that there were no good roads leading up to it and the closest you’d actually see it was from the expressway. Luckily for me, as we were taking a county road home one evening we found a park that offered xx views from just across a small river.
Pulling into the parking lot, we wandered up to the waters edge and caught a few glimpses just as the sun was starting to go down. This is still one of my favorite sights of the trip, and coming upon this park was a complete act of Serendipity.
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