Some years back, my husband and I traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona for my best friend’s wedding. The wedding was Sunday evening. Since we had never been there, we decided to make a long weekend of it . We arrived Friday afternoon and left Monday morning. In between, we went horseback riding, wine making, hot air ballooning, and picnicked by Lake Saguaro. This was in addition to attending the wedding and a pre-wedding party the night before. Arizona is magestic with numerous sights to see. We would need many weekends to visit them all.Discover our sunscreen best sellers for summer
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Horseback Riding Through the Arizona Desert
The wind blew too hard for us to go hot air ballooning Saturday morning so we ate a leisurely breakfast. Then we headed out to Ft. McDowell in Scottsdale to ride horses. We arrived at 11 am, and for the next hour and a half we rode through the desert and across a creek on horseback. My husband and I are not experienced riders, but we traveled in a guided group. My horse almost ran off after some wild horses. He also kept stopping to eat and then would gallop to catch up with the other horses. It made for quite the adventure. Ft. McDowell also offers Segway tours, hiking tours, and driving tours through the desert. Longer excursions include lunch or dinner.
After our equestrian adventures, we went to Su Vino Winery, Scottsdale. Two older Italian couples greeted us. We sampled several wines until we found the one we wanted to create. The owners showed us how to mix the ingredients. Then my husband and I took turns mixing. We chose a label and name for our wine. Since the wine wouldn’t be ready for a month, the owners offered to ship the wine to us. Then the fun really began. The owners invited us to sit down for more wine, Sambuca, and a platter of Italian olives, meats, etc. It was an amazing way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Soaring Over Scottsdale in a Hot Air Balloon
Sunday morning we woke up very early for our hot air balloon ride. When we arrived, the sky hadn’t turned gray yet. We learned the mechanics of the balloon and my husband helped spread out the balloon and use the fans to inflate it. As the sun rose we climbed into the balloon. Manufacturers state the balloons can go as high as 18000 feet. We ascended 5000 feet over the desert due to aircraft flying at 7500. The view mesmerized us. We looked down to see jack rabbits and coyotes. The flame of the balloon roared, but that was the only sound we could hear. It brought serenity to us.
While soaring above the desert, the pilot recounted the history of the first hot air balloon flight. In 1783, the first manned hot air balloon flew over France. Unfortunately, the balloon flew off course. An angry mob of peasants greeted it with pitchforks, not understanding what it was. After that, balloons carried Champagne aboard as a symbol of peace. Rumor has it, if you follow a balloon to its destination, you will be offered Champagne as a friendly gesture.
Afterwards, we hopped in our rental car for a scenic drive to Lake Saguaro. We were planning a boat ride. However, we missed the boat so we had a picnic lunch in our car instead. We could have taken a later boat, but we had a wedding to attend. The wedding was on a golf course at sunset. We were sorry to leave these majestic skies the next day. Hence, we will have to return some time soon.
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