Address Fluid

A global pandemic. Civic unrest. A brush with death due to a parasite. Wildfires everywhere. Waking up with an orange sky and air that burns your eyeballs.

Packing up

This was our reality for the past month in San Francisco. Not to mention paying $5K/month for a little over 1,000 square feet to overlook a drained hot tub and a pool we couldn’t use. Fiscally, it didn’t make sense to stay where we were, paying for someone else’s mortgage and amenities that we hadn’t used in over six months (!)

Had I not been hospitalized after contracting a parasite that nearly killed me, I’m unsure if we would have decided to pack everything up and move out of the city we called home for almost six years. However, my hospital experience was incredibly traumatic, and without any connections to the SF Hospital system, it was the first time I felt truly alone. Trapped in the isolation wing for four days in a small room, the only human interaction I had was with the nurses who entered wearing full PPE garb. 

My hospital room.

Once discharged from the hospital, I was utterly exhausted. Narrowly missing the window for a blood transfusion, thank god my numbers started going up right before they scheduled it. My body (and my mind) needed serious TLC and downtime. I could barely walk around the apartment without feeling lightheaded. And the day before my hospitalization, I had walked 4 miles and done two online intense yoga classes. All of the conditioning I’d worked on was gone in just a few days.

All of the reasons to leave SF had compounded. It became abundantly clear that we needed to get out. So we did. A little over a month later, the movers came and took all of our belongings to storage. We packed a couple of suitcases of warm weather clothes and began our drive to the east coast. With Moo as my copilot, I can now definitively say that long-distance road trips aren’t for me, but I’m happy with our decision.

For the foreseeable future, we will be working with a strong Wifi signal in South Florida. If you’d asked me back in January if there was any possibility of us moving out of SF (or California, in general), I would have laughed incredulously. Now, I am taking it day by day and going with the flow.

Accurate.

Smitten with Sedona

Nestled at the base of Boyton Canyon, at the end of a winding country road lies the world famous Enchantment Resort. The friendly staff and pristinely appointed gardening welcome you to the gated property.

Guests stay in casitas, dotting the red rock canyon’s side with marvelous views of the Boyton Canyon Vortex. I recommend choosing one with a beautiful view and a gas fireplace. For the week my husband and I enjoyed Enchantment, I spent most of my time staring out at the gorgeous scenery.

While the resort has scaled back on the number of staff (roughly ¼), management has decided to allow 100% guest capacity. This choice has drastically impacted the level of service despite no reductions in price to account for the lower number of workers. I say this as a gentle warning that guests accustomed to receiving a certain level of quality and service for a 5-Star resort should not be surprised when your experience falls short of expectations.

If you’re looking to make reservations for the spa, don’t even try the phone lines. When I voiced my frustration of being stuck on a 40-minute ad loop when trying on three separate occasions to speak with the concierge, a weary woman said they weren’t even operating the phones, and the best way to “try” and make a reservation was to email them.

My husband and I were lucky in the respect that we were staying for a week, so after some nudging at the spa desk, we could schedule a few appointments. I will say that the Deep Tissue Massage was one of the best I’ve had, although they only had a spot for 60 minutes, not the 90 I had hoped for. The Swedish massage was relaxing; however, if you’re looking for a massage that will work on knots rather than lull you into a Zen-like state, go for the deep tissue.

The food options at Enchantment were another hurdle in itself. To eat at Che Ah Chi, you must have a reservation, so I highly recommend emailing the concierge ahead of your arrival. The burrata salad is divine, and their steak is perfectly seasoned. You won’t be disappointed by the sweeping view of the majestic red canyon. If you look closely, you can see people standing on the top of the Vortex, too.

Our favorite part of Enchantment is the proximity to the 0.5-mile hike up to the Boynton Canyon Vortex (or Vista). On one of our excursions up there, we passed a herd of adorable and unintimidated deer.

Just be careful not to touch the fruit on the Prickly Pear Cactus—they have tiny barbs that are impossible to remove without tweezers. If you’re wondering if this was a first-hand lesson I learned, yes, yes, it was.

On my second ascent up the Vortex, my husband and I sat on the very top and enjoyed the panoramic views. It’s mesmerizing and reminds you of how small we are compared to the world (and universe) in which we live. I highly recommend taking a moment to breathe deeply and find grounding; the energy is palpable.

Looking for a fun way to see more of Sedona? The Pink Jeep Tour is the way to do it. If you’re curious about their rides, yes, they are painted bubblegum pink! Also, they have the only commercial license to operate vehicles on the acclaimed Broken Arrow tour. The views are second to none, plus you will have a fun time scaling the rocks! This was our favorite way to experience Sedona and our #1 recommendation.

Sedona has something for everyone; an outdoor fanatic to a pool-side margarita enthusiast will find satisfaction accompanied by some of the most exquisite backdrops in the world. I’m looking forward to my next visit!

Check out my Instagram for more photos from our trip!

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