In just a few short weeks, I'll be heading to Phoenix to visit my cousin and run around the desert!

I'm so very excited to get some warm air and sunshine on my skin. It's been too long. 

I'm only there for 5 days, and we'll be spending Saturday and Sunday out at Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, mecca of mid century modern architecture.

I can't decide if I want to try to see the museums and fun things in Phoenix, or do more outdoor-based things. 

I know for sure I want to see Frank Lloyd Wright's house, Taliesin West. And if I'm up in Scottsdale, should I hike Camelback Mountain? Should I spend time at the pool? Should I go for a horseback ride? 

My cousin will be working during the day, so I'll have a lot of time alone to fill up. I'm also going to need to hunt down some jewelry and/or other souvenirs, as I really can't get enough of Southwestern jewelry and decor.

Who's been? What did you do, what do you recommend? Where's the best shopping?