Day 2 (July 4th, 2014)
You would think with "monsoon" like storms on our first night in Phoenix we would have slept horribly. But actually we slept in until almost 8:30AM before finally mustering enough stamina to get out of bed. That didn't last long as we turned on the Men's Wimbledon Semi-Final with Roger Federer and Milos Raonic. Luckily Fed made quick work of Ranoic and from there we went back out to enjoy a beautiful day at the lazy river.
We got down to the Water Park, put our stuff down, and went to play the 18-hole miniature golf course that is spread throughout the water park. Jenn might say she won but who's really counting? I mean we're on vacation it should just be for fun. After the embarrassing spanking she gave me in miniature golf we spent the rest of the morning in our tubes floating along the lazy river. Time flew by way to quick and before we knew it, it was time to check out. We got our luggage, packed up the car, and walked over to another one of Jenn's family traditions, Hole in the Wall.
The restaurant which is situated right next to the water park is a Western BBQ restaurant and used to have saw dust on the ground. They also used to have Rattlesnake on the menu but our waitress said both didn't meet health standards. So there you have it. I got a BBQ Brisket sandwich and Jenn not feeling BBQ got a cheese quesadilla. It was a good lunch but didn't live up to the memories of it from past trips.
After lunch we drove to Scottsdale and went to Fashion Square mall to go see 22 Jump Street. I won't dig into the movie here (since you can read my full review) but needless to say we both really enjoyed it. We walked around the gorgeous mall and then headed the mile drive to our hotel for the next three nights The Phoenician. We stayed there maybe six or seven years ago and loved it and have always wanted to go back. We parked, checked in, and made our way to our gorgeous mountain view room.
After we got done with our room tour we spent the next hour walking around the massive grounds of the hotel. For being in the middle of the Arizona it's amazing how green their able to keep the place. There is not a place in the entire resort that isn't perfectly manicured. We had a great time walking around and then went to get our car and head out to dinner.
Scottsdale is known for great food and we were able to find (thanks to Yelp) a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant called Olive and Ivy. It was one of the best meals I've had in 2014, and Jenn concurs. We started off with some wonderful Lamb Meatballs that came with Pita bread. I wasn't necessarily stoked with the choice but was super impressed with the results. For our main course Jenn got Lasagna and I had a Shrimp Risotto. Both were fresh, flavorful, and perfectly prepared. It was an amazing meal. We ended up walking around the general area of Olive and Ivy before retreating back to the oasis that is The Phoenician and calling it a night.
It was a truly wonderful way to start our three nights in Scottsdale and enjoy the July 4th holiday.