I bought tickets on Allegiant Airlines for the third weekend in October. The last time I flew on Allegiant I had a nine hour delay. Allegiant is so much cheaper than other airlines, though, so I decided to risk it. Luckily, I had no problems on this trip and everything went smoothly.
I arrived at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Friday night where Jaden and Rhiannon picked me up. We got dinner at a BBQ place in Mesa (where I swear I saw the guy who plays Joseph Smith in the Joseph Smith movie) and then headed over to Bahama Buck's to get shaved ice. I'll be honest, I was afraid it was just going to be a snowcone-like concoction but it ended up being amazing. I chose cinnamon and wedding cake as my two flavors with chocolate ice cream in the bottom. It was delicious! I finally understood what all the hype was about!
|The large hill we hiked up.|
|I needed a picture with a cactus :).|
|"How do I get down now?"|
|Rhiannon with a baby cactus.|
|So posing for pictures isn't one of my strong suits.|
|The ponds in the garden were filled with Japanese Koi fish. We chose not to buy food to feed them but that didn't stop them from following us around. They sucked on Jaden's fingers, thinking they were food.|
|Opening their mouths for non-existent food.|
We got to sleep in a little bit on Sunday since Jaden and Rhiannon's ward doesn't meet until 1:00. It's always nice to attend church in other places. It reaffirms the fact that we are a world-wide church and that no matter where you go, the gospel is the same everywhere. After we got back, we had a delicious Sunday dinner, reminisced about old times, and played board games.
On Monday, Rhiannon and I dropped Jaden off at work and then drove to the Phoenix Temple to attend the open house. I had only been to two temple open houses previously (Sacramento and Draper) so it was a treat for me to experience another one. The temple was beautiful! They incorporated a lot of desert landscapes and plants into the paintings and carvings inside the temple. It was awesome to go and feel the spirit that already resides within that building.