The Road Trip That Was A Long Time Coming

Feb 28, 2017
Honey, I'm Home!
For the first time in about 9 years, I took a little vacation. My dearest lifetime friend and I did a road trip to the Southwest. I was gone for four days and here is what we did. 
The first day we drove to Scottsdale, AZ. I did some buying on my way because of some great connections made by a picker that I have been buying from for years. A big thank you to him. You'll get to view what I found this Friday through my fresh finds jewelry sale. 
I live at the beach and it is beautiful and all, but to get away to a place where the terrain is so different was so refreshing. The earth is red, the sky is so blue and the air was so crisp and clean that I could not stop taking long deep breaths to take it all in. I know why people move to AZ for the air!
By coincidence, my sweetheart, Cory was about 20 minutes away from out hotel racing. He got us free passes to attend the NHRA Arizona Nationals where Cory did not drive, but was the clutch man for his dear friend Del Worsham. Here's a cellphone shot of the car on the track. 
 This is Cory with Crew member Paul looking up from work just long enough to smile for the camera. Cory is the guy with one glove. Our team ended up qualifying and going one round where were smoked the tires and lost to Robert Height. 
After a fun day at the races, we did some night shopping in Scottsdale. 
The next day, we were off to The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. I have wanted to attend this event since 1991 when I purchased my first Arabian Horse, Snickers. My current horse, Red Wolf actually competed at this event with his previous owner. 
The horses were beyond beautiful. We loved watching the halter classes, liberty and the English pleasure classes the most. Shopping was outstanding with lots and lots of turquoise. That aspect of this trip will be a separate blog post. You can read it here. With all of the costumes, action and fanfare, still my favorite part of the show was getting to go into the barns and talk to the horses. They are so intelligent, bright-eyed and beautiful. I love their energy.
The last day, we headed back and stopped somewhere that I have always wanted to go. Quartzite, AZ. The gems, minerals, fossils and stones were overwhelming. I loved it! I even came home with a handful of fine specimens for my website. I did not purchase that amazing sugilite stone. It was over $150.00. 
It was a great trip. So relaxing. I was able to de-stress and find inspiration in my surroundings. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle my huge inventory and outlet website project. Let's do this!

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