Today we travelled to Sedona, Arizona. I mentioned we had driven through earlier, but today we stopped, walked and shopped:)
Main street in Sedona is a busy place, with so many tourist shops, coffee shops and restaurants, that you may think you are anywhere in Canada or USA, like Jasper, etc. But then you look at the view, and know you must be somewhere a bit different, as all landscapes have a beauty their own, no matter how similar to other locations you have visited. What makes every place unique while appearing somewhat the same is what nature has done with what’s at hand. In this part of Arizona it is not hard to find red rocks and canyons, but it seems to me if you really take the time and look you start seeing all the special differences and details. It may be the vegetation that grows along the roads, the flowers that pop out now and then, or even the type of farming that happens along the way. But every place offers its own views.
So I keep posting pictures of mountains, lakes and rocks. If you are like us and love exploring the “in your face” differences, as well as the subtle differences, and collecting memories along the way, you will enjoy the photos.
We travelled Hwy 89A to Sedona, this is the scenic route. After today’s trip Don declared all highways with the letter A mean scenic, as well as sometimes erratic and not straight. Look at the GPS photo from a few days ago to see what he means! I usually get to pick the route we take (hence Driving Miss Donna), and sometimes as driver he pulls rank.
Anyway one of our stops was Montezuma Castle National Monument. Just a note to travellers – National Parks week is a great time to discover all these treasures, as there is no entry fee all week to any National site or park. And I am not going to tell you much else about this great spot, other than you must visit. In person or online – it was not Montezuma who lived there! The link will tell you everything, and our pictures are amazing.
Now 89A didn’t have Don pull rank, but it was close. Next stop Jerome. You must visit Jerome if you are ever in this area. Do not drive a long vehicle when doing so. Although it is common to see signs that state not to drive anything over 50 feet, this was not the case. But if you are we are not sure how you get though the town of Jerome on this “scenic” drive. The city is made up of more hairpin turns that we have experienced in all of our travels together. It is America’s most vertical city, the largest ghost town in America, and also a National Historic District. And in no way is it a ghost town as you may think – it has as many restaurants, bars and shops as you would expect.
After Jerome, the trip was rather uneventful back to Flagstaff, but still scenic. It made a great day trip.
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