Saturday, February 25, 2017

ENJOYING THE BEAUTY OF SEDONA

Friday, February 24 - We woke-up to 25 degrees here in Sedona, AZ, this morning. We are over 4500' above sea level, and it is still winter here in the mountains. Our waterline was frozen this morning so we had to bring in our hose and let it thaw out. Even then we had to wait until the hydrant thawed out before water was flowing again. Guess the lady in the Elks Lodge was wrong yesterday when she said not to worry about freezing water lines. Luckily, we had water in our holding tank and we were able to get ready for our sightseeing day.

Paul has not done well at this altitude with his recent heart problems, so we decided to forego any hiking. Instead, we did a driving tour of the amazing mountain vistas. Everywhere we turned is another beautiful red mountain view. Unfortunately, most of the pulled-outs are packed with visitors. We aren't too thrilled with the congestion. Everything is very crowded.

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We stopped at almost every pulled-out for pictures and to walk to the viewing areas. We visited Bell Rock, Castle Rock, Snoopy Rock, Camel Rock, Chimney Rock, and the overlook on Airport Road which is right behind our campground. These are all very beautiful sights but unfortunate the crowds disappointed us.

Bell rock.
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Sedona

Sedona

Do you see Snoopy?
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We really enjoyed the drive out State Route 89 through Oak Creek Canyon towards Flagstaff. This is known as one of the most beautiful drives in America. We drove to the top of the mountain at over 6400 feet. Yep, there was some snow up there but not much. 

Oak Creek Canyon.
Oak Creek Canyon.


















Oak Creek Canyon.

Oak Creek Canyon.



















The Native Americans For Community Action were selling there wares. The mission of Native Americans for Community Action Inc. is to provide preventive wellness strategies, empower, and advocate for Native peoples and others in need to create a healthy community based on Harmony, Respect, and Indigenous Values. We really enjoyed talking to them about their beautiful work. The temptation was too much for Marsha. She couldn't resist buying a couple gifts for some lucky people.

Oak Creek Canyon.

Oak Creek Canyon.


















We then stopped for lunch at the Cowboy Bar. Delicious food. Marsha loved the boot as a beer tap. 

cowboy bar

We will let you add the caption to this one.
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After lunch we walked around downtown stopping in several of the little shops along with the hundreds of other tourists. Prices are a bit high for us. Paul did find a t-shirt he couldn't live without. 

 Paul was a bit confused about what this guy was saying.
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The town is full of sculptures. They are in front of many of the stores. All are very nice.

Birdwoman.
Birdwoman.



















Red Rocks and the Cowboy Artist.
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The Dance.
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After “shopping,” we returned to the campground to relax for the remainder of the day and to let Bella, our cat, out to enjoy the sun.

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9 comments:

  1. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. . .hate that it's so crowded. Hope you are enjoying it anyway. . .great pics!

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  2. Beautiful country but it does draw the crowds. I'm not having any issues with live writer. My blog just posted fine. Very strange. We have to watch the altitude we're at because of Jim's heart and lung. Driving seems to be okay but he sure can't walk very far.

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  3. I know this might sound crazy but seeing and touching rocks that old just gives me goose bumps. That is very old!!
    Sorry your water line froze...that was some cold temperature!! It has gotten colder here as well. I think I got used to the early spring temperatures we were having and now it's chilly again!! Spring IS coming!!

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  4. Cool pics!Sad to hear it was cold and crowded!

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  5. Glad you were able to enjoy the beautiful area even if you couldn't do it by hiking. Sorry to hear how crowded it is. Sure wrecks the beauty of the place. Looks like a nice time anyway:)

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  6. We now live in Cottonwood not far from Sedona. Had friends come for the weekend and found only one motel room left, Busy here also. Love living here..

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  7. The scenery there is amazing, but most things are very expensive. Frozen water hoses and no fun.

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  8. Sedona is such a beautiful place. There's so much to see. However, 25 degrees is way colder than we like.

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