Last year, I took a very spontaneous trip to Phoenix with my pal, Danielle. Originally we merely intended to escape the lingering winter blues and Arizona happened to be the cheapest and warmest destination. What I didn't realize is that the Southwest is pretty rad. We stumbled upon cactus blooms in April, and since then I have wanted to take my mom. So for the next week or so, I will be a bit out of commission, but in a good way.