Spring Break Part I: Mesa, Arizona!
The first several days of my last spring break as a MAcc student were spent in Mesa, Arizona, with my dad. (One of the benefits of being in Columbus is you're always one change of planes from any decently sized city in the U.S.) We flew out Friday evening and spent Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Hohokam Park, home of the Chicago Cubs spring training! Unfortunately (although unsurprisingly), the Cubs lost on Saturday to the Cleveland Indians in an embarrassing performance involving five, six, maybe seven different pitchers? I know, I know, it's only spring training, but a 9-2 loss doesn't get my hopes up for the games that apparently do matter in the regular season. But, the Cubs were able to turn it around on Sunday and beat the San Diego Padres 9-3. The sun was out, there were hot dogs and ice cream to spare, and it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
After a couple of days of baseball, we drove out to the Phoenix Botanical Garden to get some sun and see the Sonoran Desert at its finest! We saw tons of cacti as you might expect in a desert, but the botanical garden also had an herb garden and butterfly garden, as well as some hand-built shelters and tools used by tribes native to the desert. I also saw a few prairie dogs running about. If I remember correctly, the real name according to an official botanical garden sign was some type of squirrel, but they sure looked like prairie dogs to me! There were also lots of beautiful flowers among the green cacti; the one below was one of my favorites!
We spend the last couple of days soaking up the sun at the pool, as it reached the high 80's by our last day. After what seemed like a short trip, it was back to Columbus for a pit stop before heading to Chicago for the Big 10 Tourney to get my basketball fix before the last six weeks of classes in the Fisher MAcc!