Sitting on the train to New Mexico from Flagstaff, I have some time to sit and write.
Time has really escaped me during the last few weeks. It feels as though each day has melted into one another. Which is really beautiful, but also invites a feeling of being slightly concerned too. Concerned about what I’m doing and if I’m simply just “wasting time” instead of doing something for the benefit of a career or personal development.
But it has also been really nice to slow down and relax.
I’ve been staying with my wonderful and generous friend Holly who I met in India back in 2016 when we were both taking our yoga teacher training. Myself, Holly and another friend, Angela, became a tripod of wonder women whilst we were there for those six weeks.
Angela came to Melbourne for a visit a few years ago, and seeing Holly again has just cemented what I already knew about our relationship; it’s a soul connection.
Holly took me around the sights of Flagstaff, Arizona for almost two weeks. I had no idea I’d been there for that long until she pointed it out the day before I left. Holly lives with her boyfriend, Steven, their two gorgeous dogs, Stella and Benny, and a very affectionate cat called Sneakers.
Holly and Steven so generously opened up their home to me for the entire time I was there and I could not be more thankful to them and their hospitality.
It was unfortunate, but Holly got dragged down with a cold for a few days in there which meant that some days were spent drinking tea and watching Netflix in her bed. Let’s be honest, I still loved it!
Flagstaff and snow
Flagstaff is a small little town and it was really special to experience a really “American” place. A few days after I got there too it snowed which was really magical. Being Australian, I got asked a lot “have you ever seen snow before?” For those who don’t know, Australia actually has snow mountains in New South Wales and Victoria and I use to go with my dad up to the snow each season for a few years. So yes, I’ve seen snow.
But I realised that I’ve never been to a residential town that has snow. Sitting at the bar that Holly works at, talking on the phone to my friend Zac and seeing those little flakes start softly falling made me squeal into the phone, “IT’S SNOWING!!”
We were meant to go down to Phoenix to spend thanksgiving with Holly’s mum, only that the roads were closed due to the snow. Instead, we spent Thanksgiving with Steven’s family. This included a lot of good food, good wine and then bowling until the place closed at midnight. I was reminded the next morning of how much wine I drank and how bad I am at bowling.
The gang (minus Sneakers) took me out to see the Grand Canyon as well. I’ve heard people talk about how wonderful it is, and of course, I’d seen photos and paintings of it before, but nothing really got me ready for how magnificent it is. And so big. Oh so big. Another wonder of the world ticked off my list, and how special to see it with a light dusting of snow on the rim. It added to the wonderful experience just that much more.
Holly took me to Sedona as well which is a designer town around the orange and red rock that surrounds it. She informed me that it’s the only place where the McDonalds doesn’t have the golden arches as everything has to match the town’s aesthetic. We picked up some pure Sedona water as well which is delicious natural spring water and went on a short hike to a lookout. The views were stunning! I can see why some of the rich and famous choose to reside here.
Hotel Monte Vista
One night we treated ourselves to a nights stay at the Monte Vista Hotel. Holly works at the bar in the hotel, so Steven and I went on a dinner “date” before meeting up with Holly once she finished work. We enjoyed drinks and dancing before heading up to a beautiful hotel room for the night. Being a really old building, there are many stories of ghost hauntings happening there. When we were going to sleep, I kept opening my eyes hoping to catch one. Unfortunately, no one wanted to say hello to me. Oh well, maybe next time.
The rest of my time in Flagstaff was spent at Holly’s gym working out. And by work out, I mean Holly worked out and I did some yoga. We made delicious food, I walked around town whilst she worked or one time I even helped her out at work too.
It was a really special time that I got to spend with her and Steven, and I don’t have enough gratitude in my entire body to thank them both enough for taking in this stray dog and letting me slip into their lives so easily.
The adventure continues closer to the centre of the states. I spend a couple of days in New Mexico, before heading to Denver, Colorado to see Lynsey – another Lynsey.