So every moment that I wasn't at work, I was outside walking around campus or the little downtown and parks. Just to simply be outside was a pleasure when you normally can't spend more than 10 minutes outdoors without succumbing to heat exhaustion. At one point I even felt a bit chilly...I know.
I mean, you all know me by now. You must know how I felt. I was sitting outside with an overcast sky overhead. Live music was playing - some mix of folk and blue grass - and I was watching little kids dance and enjoy without the responsibility of making sure they didn't fall down the steps. I treated myself to a peanut butter bucket from a little local sweet shop and then melted into the pavement from sheer contentedness.
I had breakfast at a cute local place called Macy's the next morning before I was due in the office. I am apparently not quite granola enough for Flag because I was shunned for even asking if they had vanilla syrup. Not wanting to further shame myself, I took my coffee and scone and walked around NAU campus.
I just have very strong feelings about red stone buildings. Positive feelings.
At the end of the day, was my business trip successful, beneficial? Sure. But I think what we all really took from the experience was that Michael, June and I need to go there stat this summer. STAT.