My Family Vacation Through The Eyes of Instagram

I am a former Wildcat. Arizona Wildcat, that is. So is my hubby. Go Cats! Boo A-S-Pew! Anyway, I have good memories of Tucson. I met my hubby there, although we didn’t reconnect and get married until 10 years later! I did my first load of laundry in the dorms there. I took my first ride on public transportation there. I saw my first “hippie” there, too. Yes, I started as a fine arts major (photography), got scared, took a 2-year detour into engineering and ended up with a BSBA in marketing. Fun journey.

My hubby and I have still have family in Tucson, but they tend to escape their heat for San Diego more than we escape heaven to visit them. So for Labor Day, we decided it was time to visit Tucson, Arizona despite the record triple-digit heat. Now, vacation slide shows can be bit of a bore and unbearably long. So, I decided to use my favorite photo-app, Instagram to liven things up.

And here we go:

Heading East on I-8 and low and behold, it kisses the border with Mexico! The border is that black fence in the horizon. It’s hard to get a good shot of it with the iPhone when you are going 70mph!

We finally make it to Yuma, Arizona, right past the California border. Surprise, it’s HOT!

Kids rolled out of bed every morning and hit the pool around 6:30am, while it was a cool 85ºF.


Looks like my aunt and uncle will have a banner year with their pomegranate tree!

A visit to campus. Old Main, U of A’s first building, is still there!


Cactus garden by Old Main. Did you know that saguaro cactus are native to the Sonoran Desert? It takes about 75 years for a saguaro to grow its first arm.

It’s 10:30 in the morning and it’s about 95ºF. Off to the Student Union to chill out with a raspberry smoothie!

Go Wildcats!

What is this building? Hubby and I are amazed with all the changes our little university has seen.

Time to cool off again with a piña colada frozen slushie from a Tucson classic, Eegees!

Here we are strolling 4th Avenue and souvenir shopping. Redneck wineglasses made of mason jars. LOVE IT!

In artsy-4th Avenue, nothing is wasted. This dead treat stump is carved and painted into a cool sculpture.

Let’s feed the ostriches at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, about an hour north of Tucson next to Picacho Peak.

The Princess prefers to feed the deers.

“They aren’t as scary as the ostriches,” she explains.

The goats are hungry, too, and boy are they aggressive!

Beautiful Lorikeets want to get in the feeding action. Yes, they really are that brightly colored!

It’s hot! Feed me!

Gotta cool off from this heat. Time to swim again! A karate-chop jump by my Professor.

Heading home. Hit some rain. Found some sunshine!

It was short and sweet. Our families stuffed us with delicious homemade meals. We chilled with popsicles and ice cream several times a day and of course, swam constantly! We saw 105ºF heat, desert lightening storms and a night sky full of stars. Nothing beats the smell of Palo Verde trees after a desert rain.

Now the kids are grumpy about going to school today. And I get to unpack the car!

Can’t wait to go back to the desert. Maybe spring time, when the weather will be more forgiving!


7 Responses to My Family Vacation Through The Eyes of Instagram

  1. looks like you all had a great time!

  2. lovely pictures enjoyed it

  3. I really should have gotten me a set of those redneck wine glasses… next time!

  4. The Culinary Lens at #

    Cool set of photos but I have to tell you I really love the red neck wine glasses

  5. Ann at #

    Fun photos and it looks like everyone had a great time! I was in Arizona last year – it's a beautiful state.

  6. Hi Laura,
    Your photos are beautiful always. It looks like you had a lovely time. I've always wanted to visit Arizona, one day.

  7. I love Instagram as an app because it makes photos like yours as if it was taken by a lomo camera.

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