Waking up to our second day in Arizona felt so good--probably because it didn't involve a 2:45am wakeup call in order to get to the airport on time!
We started our morning by heading out to Camelback Mountain, a hike that my mentor, Jayme, had recommended to us!
It was such a beautiful day and we were itching to get out and hike in the sunshine!
Little did we know that this "hike" wasn't really more of a rock climb. The terrain was like this the entire way up--some areas even had metal railings to hold onto since it was so incredibly steep!
I always thought that the Koko Head hike in Oahu was the most challenging hike I've ever done, but Camelback Mountain definitely took the cake on that!
We persevered and eventually made it up to the top! The 360* views were so pretty!
Andy and I joked that we thought that the climb up was hard, but it was actually the hike down that proved to be the most difficult! It was definitely a full-body workout that required a lot of upper body strength!
After the hike, we grabbed some lunch at Modern Market, a new restaurant in Scottsdale, before picking up some froyo and heading out to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio!
We made it in the nick of time to purchase tickets for the last tour of the day! Our tour guide walked us through the property, giving a thorough history of Frank Lloyd Wright, his career, and Taliesin West.
I ended up enjoying the tour even more than I thought I would! It was so fascinating to learn more about his history, technique, and personal quirks. I'd highly recommend touring Taliesin West if you ever find yourself in Scottsdale, Arizona!
After the tour, we headed to Life Time Athletic to freshen up for dinner! It felt so good to clean up and change clothes before heading to the Scotssdale Waterfront for the evening. We made a dinner reservation for later that evening and decided to walk along the canal where an art festival was taking place.
The water and light themed art show was so unique and we loved walking around to check out the different installments!
Our dinner reservations were at Olive & Ivy, a Mediterranean restaurant with a Californian flair. This ended up being our very favorite restaurant of our trip because of its unique atmosphere, delicious menu, and perfect location! They also had an amazing patio which they described as resembling restaurants in the south of France, which we would love to try out if we head back to Scottsdale in the future!