The Evolution of Travel  1

I’ve been thinking about how traveling evolves with you. When I was a kid, I have memories of going to Rocky Point with my family and camping on the beach. We’d look at the rings sold by the Mexican ladies and buy fresh shrimp from the fishermen and bean burritos from street vendors. Yum-o!

In young adult life, traveling meant fun girls’ trips to Vegas, visiting college friends who had moved away and edging further away from home with trips across the globe.

After getting married, my husband and I traveled almost monthly until we had our first daughter. Denver to see a concert in the Red Rocks one weekend. New York City for another. Chicago. Texas. Monterey and Carmel. It was a blast.

We have two young kids, so traveling has definitely slowed down. Once the girls are a little older, we plan to show them the world. While we love our Chandler bubble, traveling opens your eyes, makes you wiser and brings perspective.

In the meantime, we’ll stay closer to home and explore exciting spots nearby—and I’ll use this issue as inspiration when planning our next adventure.

For instance, did you know you can rent a camper at Schnepf Farms and go glamping? That sounds right up my alley as I’ve never been a true nature girl. Schnepf Farms has a site on their property decked out with seven themed campers, each with refrigeration, air conditioning and running water. It’s the perfect blend of “roughing it” outdoors while maintaining the comforts of modernity.

Or get in the car and drive two-and-a-half hours south to explore Sierra Vista. This quaint little town is making a name for itself with its historical buildings, upcoming foodie scene, breathtaking scenic trails and more than two dozen—yes, that’s right—wine-tasting rooms within an hour from the heart of the city.

And, of course, there’s Rocky Point. Sometimes I still can’t wrap my head around the thought that we can eat breakfast at home and by lunchtime we will be on the beach. Crazy, right? Locals love RP and it’s only going to get bigger and better down there because in about two years, Rocky Point will open its first cruise ship terminal!

We’ll have to take the girls down there soon to taste the fresh shrimp and play in the sandy beach. Just like their mom used to do.