Our 10-day trip to AZ couldn't have culminated better than staying with Mike and Wayan at the Crickethead Inn. We became fast friends and truly had a great time hanging out with them and enjoying the desert hikes, breath-taking sunsets and gorgeous sunrises.
We stayed in the separate building with two guest rooms. Stepping into our guest room brings us to the richness of Balinese art and stepping out, to the giant saguaros, cooing birds, nimble coyotes and a rich Arizona desert wildlife right outside of our doorstep. Our bed is a Balinese canopy bed with intricate wood carvings and the room is full of Balinese art of various forms - Indonesian shadow puppets, Batik clothing/drapes/sarongs, Balinese earthenware & furniture, Balinese local art pieces, etc. Crickethead brings you to exotic Bali without paying the $$$ for it while enjoying the richness of the Saguaro National Forest right outside of their doorstep. Talk about a deal!:-)
Before we found Crickethead, we considered booking the more "upscale" B&B's in the area. But, they were huddled together and didn't quite have the unique, homey character of Crickethead. The initial big pull when we decided to book Crickethead was its isolation from other B&B's, it's grounds bordering the Saguaro National Forest, the richness of wildlife in the desert. We got them all and more.
Mike has traveled to Bali for at least close to 2 decades and Wayan is Balinese, so we learned so much about Balinese society, norms, culture and the arts. When my husband and I travel to other countries, we do not buy souvenirs for nothing meant to us beyond being souvenirs. But, after learning so much of Balinese culture and arts from knowledgeable hosts, we are able to place a special significance in the unique cultural items in their gift shop. So, we splurged and bought a lot of choice Ramayana and Mahabharata puppets (we just love these puppets!), sets of cricket-themed Balinese hand-made earthen wares and we have yet to order a Batik cloth and Balinese art we didn't get to buy.
My husband and I travel a lot and this is definitely one of our most memorable travels. Mike and Wayan, thank you so much and it's good to be in touch!
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