A successful trip

I had three goals for this trip:

  • Use up as many of our 2023 StarOptions as possible
  • Qualify for United Platinum for 2024
  • Visit Ray and Sarah

and two stretch goals:

  • Survive the Little Drummer Boy Challenge
  • Avoid being bored on Christmas Day

We succeeded in all but one – we picked the wrong time to leave Zinc Bistro on Saturday and the outside sound system was playing a jazzy, non-percussion version of the Little Drummer Boy. Better luck next year!

We had to be out of our room by 10am today but our flight wasn’t scheduled to leave until 2:25, so we had time to kill. I asked Google Maps to find a “nice walk near me” and it suggested going to the Scottsdale Nature Area, which includes a long multi-use path between the Arizona Canal and a golf course.

It was a good spot to walk for an hour before going to the airport. There was even a bathroom along the path, complete with philosophy, dueling graffiti, and spelling errors.

We got to the airport with plenty of time to spare, and had an uneventful journey home.

Expect intermittent blogging until our next trip.