Another Guys Getaway Begins: Arizona Bound
Hello everyone this is Tom. I was informed by my wife that I had some adventures out there that I needed to get blogging about so here goes. This trip is one of my top 5 all time boys trips. I hope you enjoy the first part of my Ultimate Guys Getaway to the US Southwest!
Like many of our adventures, this one includes my brother John, or as the family affectionately refers to him as Hippo. (See an earlier post about getting to know us to learn why we call him Hippo.) Why was I headed to Arizona in October? No not for the sunshine, but to go see Black Sabbath with Ozzy and to spend a few days riding motorcycles with John in Arizona and California.
The day started out really early as John and I left Myrtle Beach at 2 AM to head to the Wilmington, NC airport to catch the 6 AM flight to Phoenix, AZ, John’s home town. Cheryl stayed at home for this trip and let me have a Guys Getaway. We love family travel, but it’s nice to mix it up with solo, adult, and guys/girls only trips as well. The flight through Charlotte was uneventful and we even got a little shut eye to rest up for the long day ahead (it wasn’t enough though)
Why drive two hours away so early? *Travel tip: shop around for the cheapest flights and book early even if you have to drive a little ways to save a lot.
Another Adventure, But First We Eat!
John and I arrived in Phoenix and went to John’s house to drop the backpacks and check on the riding gear that I had shipped there. *Travel Tip* sometimes shipping is cheaper than paying for a checked bag. We hung around his place for a little bit, then headed out for some great Mexican food for lunch. What are the odds we’d find it at a place called Carolina’s? How ironic is that? We left the Carolinas to go to Arizona just to eat at Carolina’s! The tacos were awesome, made with the “best tortillas in town”. If you’re in the Phoenix area and want some great Mexican food, I recommend checking them out. they have sereral locations in the area.
The Best Way to Roadtrip: Guys Getaway On Two Wheels
From there we went to Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley Davidson, where I had a motorcycle reserved for the next three days. We love to take our own motorcycles on trips, but it isn’t always practical. That is why we love that Harley Davidson offers their “Fly and Ride”. We can fly into our destination and rent the bikes. If you never tried it before, I recommend it. Roadtripping on two wheels is one of the best ways to explore a destination.
The Adventuredawgs are all about budget vacations and adventures, but we also have a few small things we splurge on. One of our favorite souvenir splurges are Harley Davidson t-shirts from the different states and locations we visit! It’s like reliving the trip every time you wear it.
Normally we’re in and out with no issues, but this time it turned into an ordeal as they were looking for a motorcycle endorsement on my license. The great state of SC, unfortunately, does not have endorsements, just classes. After a call to the SC DMV office to ensure that I did indeed have a motorcycle license, I was finally on my way.
John and I stopped at his house to pick up his bike, and we took off north for about 90 miles to go see Montezuma Castle National Monument. It isn’t actually a castle but rather a cliff dwelling (ancient apartments!). This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.
In the early years of the park the visitors were able to go up in the ruins. You can still do this at Gila National Monument in New Mexico. Due to destruction to the ruins, this was stopped at Montezuma Castle in the early 1950’s. The park is still a wonder to see, and learn about the Native Americans from the area.
There are two other National monuments in the area but we were not able to take them in at the time. The Turzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Well National Monument are both located within a half hour ride from Montezuma Castle. Montezuma Castle National Monument is a must stop to see when you are in the Phoenix area and headed up to Prescott or Sedona on I-17. If you’re interested in more day trips from the Phoenix Arizona area, here is a great guide!
Concert Bucket List Top 10: Black Sabbath
We jumped back on the bikes and headed back into Phoenix to get ready to see Black Sabbath that night. We got changed, jumped in the truck, and headed over to the Ak-Chin pavilion to go see one of the best rock bands of all times, in my opinion. They put on an awesome show and Ozzy sounded fantastic. I can now check that item off my bucketlist since I came, I saw, and have a t-shirt to prove it!
It was great getting to see them with my best friend and to add it to the long list of concerts we have seen together. It could have been better had I not been so tired from being up almost 36 hours. (other than a short cat nap on the plane). Craig, our son, was also not able to be with us as had been planned earlier in the year. Craig was accepted into grad school and since he was in his first quarter, he chose to stay for classes. As his Dad, I think that was a great choice. We’re slowly learning that sometimes we try to pack TOO much into our adventures.
*Budget Tip – save some money and impress by purchasing a vintage or throwback t-shirt prior to the show! I really love this 1978 throwback.
Guys Getaway Resumes Early So Off To Bed
We went back and got some sleep because it was kick stands up early the next morning to head out on the next adventure, one I will never forget. Stay tuned as we take the 3:10 to Yuma, then ger sand blasted!
Live Your Adventure,
Don’t miss the rest of the adventure!
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