Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Flagstaff Trip

Deanna's dad was in town this past weekend and on each of his previous visits we failed to take him to the Grand Canyon. This time we finally managed to get him to the Canyon, but in my book the time spent in Flagstaff was the highlight of the weekend.

As you may know, I had the privilege of attend the prestigious (cough, cough) Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Flagstaff is a bit of a mixed bag. Lots of junky motels and fast food restaurants, but there are some redeeming qualities. Further, I think the town is moving in the right direction. That's right- master planned communities have come to Flagstaff!

We got to Flagstaff after a day at the Canyon, and since Sam was a little fussy (and it was late) we got take-out from August Moon. Ahh- good stuff. The Moo Shu was right on target, and not the slightest bit funky. Every bit as good as I remembered it.

For lunch the next day, we considered the Black Bean but ended up choosing to eat at The Flagstaff Brewing Company. What a great atmosphere- eating outside amongst the Aspen trees, the locals with banjos and their dogs, and the charm that is "downtown" Flagstaff.

I asked at the Student Union, "What happened to Central Dining?". The girls at the Information Desk looked at me like I was crazy. The dining hall was inside the student union where Mountain Jacks used to be (previously it was in a separate building), The Atrium was now a coffee house, and Chick-Fil-A had opened where the deli used to be. Everything changed!

I don't want to make you think we spent the whole time eating. We had to check out the bookstore to get the whole family suited up in the latest NAU apparel. The best deal in town was the student discounts offered on iPods! Bring your credit cards next time you visit. The 20GB iPod can be had for only $229.

We hadn't been to Flagstaff in almost a year and a half. I always enjoy visiting a familiar place after being away for a while. This trip was no exception. The town was full of changes, and for the better in my opinion.

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