Monday, March 16, 2009

Do you ever get that feeling?

Do you ever get that feeling like you should do something, and then when you do not do it...it comes back and bites you in the butt? Well, that was this weekend! I usually always check my work email from home over the course of the weekends. This weekend I decided that I was not going to do it. And I even started to and said nope. And of all weekends that I am able to check my email, and I do not cave in I got my information for my trip to Arizona. And we are still going to get 2 tours / free time even though the trip is cut 2 days short. I am so excited now! I will post here as at my choices, and you tell me what you think. I already know the 2 I want, but I told Jennifer she can choose one. Fingers crossed we are on the same page of the 2 items (lol). Tell me what you think?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 AFTERNOON (choose one)
1) Arizona Sonora Desert Museum: The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is recognized as a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. This "living museum" houses over 1200 kinds of plants and 300 species of animals that live in enclosures designed to replicate their niche in the wild. Observe reptiles and invertebrates of the Sonoran Desert; observe mountain lions, Mexican wolves and black bears in the Mountain Habitat; explore the Cave and awe at 4.6 billion years of our planet's history in the Earth History Room; enjoy the Riparian Habitat with underwater viewing and aquatic exhibits. Your guests are sure to leave with a new found love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. *This is an outdoor activity that requires walking.
2) Kartchner Caverns, The Underground Journey: Your naturalist/guide will share the history and the founding of Kartchner Caverns as well as the history of Tombstone and Bisbee en route. An incredible limestone cave in southeastern Arizona, Kartchner Caverns State Park boasts many world-class features that have been protected since the cave was discovered in 1974. The caverns were formed approximately 500,000 years ago. Before your underground tour, you will visit the 23,000 square-foot Discovery Center, which centers on world-class exhibits, a large gift shop, regional displays and educational information about the caverns and surrounding landscape. The cavern has been surveyed at 2.4 miles long. Kartchner Caverns is a wet, “live” cave, where water percolates from the surface and calcium carbonate features continue to grow in the darkness.
3) Golf: (2:00 p.m.) What’s best about the golf at Starr Pass is that it’s a true Sonoran desert golf experience. The course winds its way through the mountains and arroyos with the opportunity to experience the best of golf and desert wildlife. We know you’ll thoroughly enjoy our 27 holes as they were designed to challenge players of all abilities. What’s more, the names of our three nines are indicative of the wildlife you may experience here at Starr Pass ... The Roadrunner, The Coyote and The Rattler.
4) Spa Treatment (ONE Hour): For centuries, the people who have called the Tucson Mountains home have found healing in the sights, sounds and scents of the lush Sonoran Desert. Inspired by these healing properties and named for the revered Saguaro cactus, called Hashani by the indigenous people of the region, Hashani Spa offers treatments which combine the latest beauty and health technology with ancient healing techniques and traditions in a luxurious and pampering world-class resort environment.
5) Free Time (on the Hotel Property)

Thursday, April 16, 2009 (choose one)
1) The Best of the Old West: (This is an ALL Day experience 8:30 – 5:00) Guests will begin their historical journey into the Old West by going back in time to the year 1881. This was a time that was fierce as a fine line was drawn between lawman and outlaw. Tombstone: Starting with Boot Hill, you will view the final resting grounds of many a rough and ornery sort who weren’t “too tough to die.” Once in Tombstone proper, you will have time to visit such famous sites as the O.K. Corral, Bird Cage Saloon, Tombstone Epitaph and the Courthouse Circle 1890. Lunch at the Longhorn Saloon Restaurant The Longhorn Restaurant is the oldest continually operated restaurant in Tombstone, a historical building. The Longhorn Restaurant is located in what used to be the Bucket of Blood Saloon, the Holiday Water Company, and the Owl CafĂ© and Hotel. Virgil Earp was shot from the second floor. Home of the best BBQ smoked pork ribs and steaks in the West. Mescal the sister site to Old Tucson Studios, Mescal has been featured in over 50 films, television programs and commercials including: The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Buffalo Soldiers, the 1993 version of Tombstone, The Young Riders and The Quick and the Dead. Mescal continues to play host to Hollywood productions, including the 2002 shoot of Ghost Rock with Gary Busey Mescal offers a complete western town with 44 western buildings. San Xavier Mission The fabled “White Dove of the Desert”, San Xavier Mission, was founded by Father Kino, a Jesuit missionary, in the early 1700’s. Regarded as the best example of Spanish Moorish architecture in the United States, San Xavier was completed by local Indians under the direction of Franciscan friars. Standing stark white on the desert landscape, the Mission still serves as an active spiritual center and resides on the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation.
2) Horseback Riding (Half Day morning activity): Feel the west come alive as you join knowledgeable wranglers on a 90 minute ride through the panoramic vistas of Arizona’s most famous desert. As you venture along the desert trails, winding through towering Saguaro Cactus, mesquite groves and other desert plant life, your guide will tell of the abundant plant and animal life. Arizona’s desert is home to multiple species of rattlesnakes, deer, owls, javelina, gila monsters, rabbits, coyotes, eagles, hawks and more – many of which are often seen during the ride. *Closed-toed shoes and long pants are a must. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended.
3) Golf (2:00 p.m.): What’s best about the golf at Starr Pass is that it’s a true Sonoran desert golf experience. The course winds its way through the mountains and arroyos with the opportunity to experience the best of golf and desert wildlife. We know you’ll thoroughly enjoy our 27 holes as they were designed to challenge players of all abilities. What’s more, the names of our three nines are indicative of the wildlife you may experience here at Starr Pass ... The Roadrunner, The Coyote and The Rattler.
4) Spa Treatment (ONE Hour): For centuries, the people who have called the Tucson Mountains home have found healing in the sights, sounds and scents of the lush Sonoran Desert. Inspired by these healing properties and named for the revered Saguaro cactus, called Hashani by the indigenous people of the region, Hashani Spa offers treatments which combine the latest beauty and health technology with ancient healing techniques and traditions in a luxurious and pampering world-class resort environment.
5) Free Time (on the Hotel Property)

5 comments:

Mary B said...

I vote for Sonora on Day 1, but you'll probably want to do the spa. I'm not a spa person. Day 2, definately the Wild West tour.

Teri said...

Oh Michele, you know we just came from there and the Arizona Desert Museum was my very favorite. I fell in love with the Saguro Cactus. It was an amazing place. I would have an annual pass if I lived there! It is for sure a must see. Have a fabulous time!

Elizabeth said...

Day one would be a toss up for me between the museum and the caverns - they both sound interesting! Day two - definitely the wild west tour!

Cheryl said...

1st day 2 & 2nd day 1

M-C said...

I would just have to do the The Best of the Old West tour. Itsounds like a scrapbooker's dream. Loads of photo ops!