After finding an RV site and having some lunch, we headed out to explore. We headed south of Flagstaff down Highway 17,hoping to go off highway a bit and find some more rustic campgrounds, not just an RV park. You know those old fashioned places with picnic tables, trees and fire pits! We had only signed in for one night in Flagstaff in hopes.
We veered off Hwy 17 on SR 179, at a sign that said Cottonwood. That sounded nice and we knew of a state park called Dead Horse Ranch which deserved discovery. Dead Horse SP is quite scenic, although not as nice as the online pictures depict no surprise. And we felt good about our decision not to pull the trailer down as it was again 36 out and no shade, and the campground was full.
So off we were again, in search of a new road to go back to Flagstaff on. The sign said Sedona, and we have heard so much about that area it seemed like a great idea. And that is when I fell in love with Sedona – for those of you on Facebook… The city is surrounded by the most magnificent red rock and canyons, and as well as that it has numerous quaint streets, lined with coffee shops, restaurants and shopping! Every house we saw in the residential areas were constructed to look like adobe walled homes, and that was in many economical areas. I’m sure they have the more traditional homes as well but don’t ruin my dream! Very much like the towns and cities we visited in New Mexico a few years ago.
Now some advice if you visit Sedona – don’t go on a weekend – it was worse than West Edmonton Mall on the last opening day prior to Christmas!! We will go for a walk around and shopping/lunch this week. And do travel Hwy 89A, the “scenic route” back. You ramble past the most unique state parks, a natural rock water slide and many lazy fishing rivers. And again incredible scenery. A perfect drive.
But I will leave you with a few photos, and hope to share tomorrow’s adventure with you soon!