Saturday, October 15, 2016


Last October we took a quick trip to Phoenix.  I had been to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl in 2004, but other than that I hadn't spent a whole lot of time there.

I had been keeping an eye on Allegiant flights from the Ogden Airport to Mesa. We ended up finding cheap flights, which makes it worth flying on Allegiant, where even the drinks and snacks on the plan have to be bought, but the toilets are still free!

Hinckley Airport is just a tiny little thing. We parked right next to the airport and walked to our gate.

We had to board the plane from the tarmac, which is always a novelty.

Our first order of business was to catch the Arizona Diamondbacks game. It was either the last game of the season or the second to last game of the season. This was my MLB Ballpark #22.

Too bad that Ada and Alison had to sit so far apart from each other.

We went to a few of the highest rated breakfast joints. If I wouldn't have waited a year to blog about this trip, then I would have told you where this was.

Alison got her fancy french toast.

The girls with their candy coated pancakes.

Sampling the OJ.

After breakfast we made our way downtown to the Arizona Science Center. Here is Alison on a bed of nails.



Trying to build earthquake-proof buildings on a shaker table.

Our resort had a lovely pool.

We also went to the Phoenix Zoo.

Riding the warty pig.

Like a pro.

Lyla went for the King of Beasts.

Family pic with the elephant.

It was a bit of a clammy day.

Ada was excited to see the warty pigs. She loves pigs of all types.  We got there right at feeding time and got to watch them trying to get the corn from the strings.

There was a little farm area. Milking the cow.

Gotta get that fresh milk.

Brushing the goats.

Driving the tractor.

I thought that this view looked extremely tropical.

The headless tortoise is always intriguing.

Feeding the rays.

Dinner that night was at Rustler's Roost.

Party hats.

Mac 'n Cheese.

Sweet potato fries for Lyla and a kebab for Alison.

Steak for Ada.

Steak and an enchilada for me.

Cotton candy for dessert.

Lyla and Kate.

Me and Lyla.

A couple views of our hotel - The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. It was nice, we enjoyed our stay there.

Alas, far too quickly it was time to head home.  We were really lucky to make our flight. We were sitting in the boarding area waiting to board our flight, and when I finally checked, our flight had moved to a different gate (I'm not sure the Mesa Airport could make any announcements). We were some of the last ones on.

Home sweet home.

Baggage claim at the Ogden Airport. a couple of the Ogden police officers there helping with security also helped to unload the bags. Jack of all trades at this place.

One last video clip from Rustler's Roost:

We had a great time. I wouldn't hesitate to fly out of Ogden again, as long as you know what you're getting with Allegiant, then you can have a pleasant experience.

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