A good photo keeps a moment from running away. But what about when the photo can’t quite capture the moment? Jake and I are such (dare I say it?!) POOR gift givers that we decided long ago to use our birthdays, anniversary, holidays (anything, really!) as an excuse to travel – even if it’s just a short drive from home. Anxious to see what an Arizona road trip had in store for us, we rolled my birthday, Jake’s very belated one and the Fourth into one long weekend in the Land of the Red Rocks.
As usual we didn’t give the trip much thought other than to pay TripAdvisor a visit and book a highly rated B&B that we were sure would not disappoint. Here’s a little tip I’ve learned over the years: Don’t over-think, over-research, or over-plan. Whenever possible, go into a trip with little to no expectations… you’re guaranteed to leave happy.
The view from our B&B, which deserved every one of those five-circle reviews. You KNOW you’ve nailed it in terms of accommodation when you find yourself finagling ways to extend your stay within ten minutes of arriving.
I’ve always found that the best B&Bs are run by those who have a passion for what they do and go the extra mile for their guests. And in the case of Sedona Views – those who make INCREDIBLE breakfasts that have you up at 5 am in excited anticipation. We had no qualms about over-indulging in three, entirely made from scratch, gourmet courses. (And I’m not talking our usual coffee, hashbrown and Egg McMuffin meal here.) We’d need the energy for the treks ahead, including our first where we got our first 360 views of those majestic rocks…
For anyone that visits, the Airport Loop is an excellent, hour-long walk that’s relatively flat AND leads you to a little outdoor bar afterwards! Do yourself a favor and pack a few water bottles to combat dehydration while on the trail and try NOT to veer off the path into the hotbed of prickly pear cacti and rattlesnakes. In the event you make the same mistakes as we did, well then, know that an oasis awaits in the form of cold white wine and draught beer!
Case in point about our gift giving abilities. We actually discussed the possibility of bringing home these treasures for Christmas….
I mean, I could totally see Cait sporting the muskrat jaw and deer hooves on fine link chain…. Luckily, our attention was diverted by the Sedona Art Gallery Tour, held every first Friday of the month. Initially we were just in it for the free wine, cheese and trolley rides around town, but once we realized we should spend a little less time indulging and a little more time appreciating the art, well….
We’re now the proud owners of these beauts! (Can you even see Jake’s pick underneath all that hand?) Seriously though, the artists in Sedona were QUITE talented. Not only did we love John Foster’s pottery, but we were totally inspired by the fact that he only recently discovered his talent and now spends most of his days honing his craft!
After several failed missions to hike to waterfalls in both Tucson and Hong Kong, we were hell bent on making it to Grasshopper Point in Sedona. Unfortunately, we didn’t even get the chance to wind up lost, parched, tired and confused this time. Wildfires that raged throughout the Coconino National Forest left many portions of Sedona closed off while we there (and much later into the season). Disappointing for us, devastating and troubling to the city as most sources reported that the fires were started by humans and had a hugely negative impact on tourism this year.
Not all hope of finding water was lost for us though. Red Rock Crossing was still open…
And as usual, I managed to fall in. Now I know why this call this place Slide Rock. But, onwards to climb to a Cathedral!
I won’t share the unflattering photos of us trying to scale the walls to climb to the top; I’ll just share the reward:
LUNCH WITH A VIEW.
Really didn’t want to leave but we had to make our return to Slide Rock. And this time, embrace those slimy suckers:
That’s all folks! Oh, one last wave goodbye from Montezuma Well!
See you in November, Sedona