Tucson, AZ: Christmas and Cacti

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On Tuesday, Domenico and I decided to take a little day trip to Tucson. It’s just an hour-and-a-half or so southeast of the Valley, and we’ve been wanting to have a short getaway for a while now. Domenico drove, I knitted furiously (now in my pre-Christmas making panic), and we listened to Christmas music (and then non-Christmas music at Domenico’s request).

Our first stop was Sabino Canyon. The plan was to hike to Seven Falls, but after losing the trail a couple of times and coming to a few forks, we decided to turn around. It was still a beautiful, albeit brief, hike, and I’m glad we decided to cut it short rather than spend all day trying to find our car again. We agreed to return, but next time with someone who was a little more familiar with the trail.

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Next stop: a variety of thrift stores and a nearby Eegee’s. Our thrifting love runs deep, so of course, we had to hit up a few Savers and Goodwills. We also stopped for an eegee, which is apparently some big draw in Tucson and Tucson only. It’s pretty much a cross between a slushy and sorbet, so yeah, pretty great. The shops on 4th Avenue were our next destination. This is such a cute little shopping district, mostly consisting of vintage shops, crafty boutiques, and tattoo parlors. The whole street smells like Nag Champa incense. I love the Tucson/Arizona-love going on in Tucson. They really embrace the best parts about living here, and there are cacti everywhere. I especially liked the Christmas-lighted prickly pears and felt saguaro ornaments.

As the sun went down, we headed downtown, where we passed some sweet historic hotels and new shops. We grabbed dinner at The Hub, a swanky, comfort food kind of place. The best part? The restaurant is home to an ice-cream bar. We treated ourselves to a cup of chai and something amazing called drunken brunch. Like Phoenix, Tucson’s downtown area seems to be being reinvigorated by caring, invested residents. It’s a lovely little city, and we’re ready to take a longer trip back soon.

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