After living, working and schooling for over 4 years in Arizona, we were really sad to leave. The hardest part was leaving our amazing friends and coworkers behind. Though we had the 3 month transition form leaving Phoenix while living in Havasu, we were still only 2.5 hours away and were still in Phoenix almost every weekend whether for work or fun.
The desert is amazing. It takes a while to get used to the heat (3+ months over 100degrees) and sprawl (literally 45 minutes to get ANYWHERE) but once you are accustomed, it's one of the easiest and beautiful places you could call home.
All that aside, we were ready to leave. The desert wasn't our forever home, and we were itching to get to know a new home. So when M's recruiter NAILED IT and got us exactly what we wanted in Idaho, we couldn't pack the car up fast enough.
When we moved to Arizona from Colorado almost 4 years ago, we stayed at the most AMAZING Inn in the middle of nowwhere Utah. The Desert Rose Inn has since undergone a HUGE facelift and is much more resort-y, but the cabin like rooms have retained their charm, and this road trip I booked us two nights so that we could spend some time after the first 6 hour drive day exploring Monument Valley, Goosenecks State Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument. As you can see, it was totally worth it.
Important to note - Matt had the best breakfast of his LIFE at the restaurant that's right on the right side of the road as you head south through Bluff. Unreal Huevos Ranchros plus eggs benedict with a Fry Bread/Navajo twist.
The next leg of our journey brought us up to Salt Lake City for one night. We spent our one evening there VERY wisely by checking out the Red Iguana by recommendation of our best friend Suz. It was SO WORTH IT. Next time you're there, budget about 1 hour of wait time (they don't take reservations) and 1 hour of stuffing yourself with some of the best Mexican food we've ever had . . . and save room for desert.
Our AirBnB was fantastic. Nestled in an old neighborhood and walkable to downtown and the capital building, it was a studio style suite with decorations that were so cute I had to stop myself from snap chatting literally every last detail.
The next morning we took off early to drive the last four hours to Twin Falls! The speed limit was 80 MPH and it was a perfect day of listening to old episodes of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
The first lesson we learned about Twin Falls is that EVERYTHING is closed on Sunday. The only yelp-able restaurant we could find that was open was called Emma's Cafe, which is Bosnian Food! It was amazing, but our favorite part was meeting and chatting with the owner and his wife.
That pretty much gets us up to speed! We spent the first week living out of a hotel, went back to Chico for Thanksgiving, then got to move into our AirBnB! More on that later.
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