It was hard to leave Sedona but Maria and I were excited about to meeting up with an old friend of ours that moved to Phoenix a couple of years ago.
Gus and I knew each other mainly from years of playing Little League Baseball as well as being in chorus and high school plays and musicals together (yes, I was a theater nerd).
Maria knew him from years of living near each other and their families becoming very close. They spent many summer days playing football in the street and weekend family barbecues together. Neither one of us had seen him in a very long time.
When we got to his house, his two dogs Petey and Paco immediately greeted us. Not long after that a cute little two-year-old named Miles came up and said hi to us as well.
The little flirt Miles quickly snatched Maria away from me and they became best of friends while Paco decided that I was his best option for a good back scratch. At some point we were also able to make our way over to meeting Gus’s wife Toni as well.
We grabbed a few bottles of wine from a local store and sipped on that while catching up on the past few years.
The next day we went for a hike at a nearby trail. It was a pretty tough hike, with mountains and the sun beating down on us, and Miles walked it like a champ.
He had his parents and Maria carry him for a bit, but for the most part, he hiked it by himself. Stopping frequently to admire all the cool rocks and the “ouch” cacti. What a cool little guy!
Then Gus drove us around the area to show us all the beautiful places and houses, then made the best barbecue! Toni made chimichurri, which is a sauce that makes everything delicious.
We wish we would’ve taken pictures of the steak because it was pinterest worthy, but we were too busy stuffing our faces.
Maria remembers that Gus’s father would love to entertain and would barbecue almost every weekend in the summer. It was nice for them to reminisce about their childhoods.
We stayed there the whole weekend and just relaxed and caught up on life, and played with their little guy who nicknamed us “Guy” and “girl” and would come up to Maria and say, “Hey girl, follow Miles.” Talk about confidence.
We were so grateful for their hospitality and hope to see them again when they come to NY (ahem, hint, hint).
We got some more Houdini Graffiti:
Now, off we go to Tucson. We are getting closer and closer towards the border and frankly, we are scared to leave the comforts of the U.S., but this is what this trip is all about, isn’t it?