Covered Wagon RV Park
The RV made it the rest of the way to Phoenix without issue, and we rolled into our home for the next 5 days at Covered Wagon RV Park. You can read our thoughts on the park here. Covered Wagon is located north of Phoenix near Glendale. Our site wasn't the best at the park, but we were a short walk away from a nice city park with plenty of open space for Gus.
Our traveling finally aligned with the schedule of a professional baseball team, with the Arizona Diamondbacks in town hosting the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. With the ultimate goal if catching a game at each stadium across the country, we get to cross another off the list. Hopefully this lifestyle should make it more attainable. We hit a few bars outside the stadium and managed to scalp some tickets for 10$ each.
This is the best team the Diamondbacks have fielded in quite some time, yet the stadium was at best 50% full. We decided to forgo our seats in the upper deck and moved around the stadium to try different vantage points. The stadium is gorgeous and features a retractable roof, a few restaurants and bars overlooking the field, and its signature swimming pool in right-center (250$/ticket). We relocated every couple innings, which is a good way to get a complete feel for the stadium. We finished at the Draft Room, which is located in the outfield down the right-field line, and has a bunch of craft beer on tap and indoor/outdoor seating with great views of the game. With a small crowd, we had the outdoor seating to ourselves, not a bad view of a game for 10$ (see below).
Diamondbacks get the W
In a matchup of pitchers Jeff Samardzija (SF) and Jorge De La Rosa (AZ), the Diamondbacks came out with an easy win by a score of 9-3. We got to see two of the best players in all of baseball in the form of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt for the Diamondbacks, and catcher Buster Posey for the Giants, and they did not disappoint. Goldschmidt hit a home run to tie the game at 2-2 in the 4th inning, and Buster Posey hit a go ahead RBI double in the 6th. Jake Lamb of the Diamondbacks then hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, and the D-backs never looked back after that. Plenty of scoring made for a fun day at the park. Chase field is a great and affordable (just limit the beers) way to catch a game, and with a retractable roof you will always have good weather.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
We discovered we had some friends in town vacationing, and arranged to meet them at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park near Old Town, the festival is a fundraiser for the Scottsdale League of Arts and some highlights include: 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden, and the Tito’s Handmade Vodka deck. Four Peaks Brewing also hosts a beer garden which features over 200 different craft brews, food, and beer games.
We caught up with our friends and wandered around to the various tents, sampling food and local beers, and listening to live music.