Today, we’re celebrating seven years of more than our fair share of love, laughs, excitement, adventure, personal growth and just pure happiness. Seven years of marriage. In true Fuller fashion, we skipped the anniversary gifts and booked ourselves in for a short getaway.
Look familiar? Those are indeed Sedona’s signature red rocks. (More on that view later.) Our trip was short and sweet since even in the heat of summer, Sedona still attracts crowds of tourists and hotels can be pricey and low on availability. That played to our favor for this trip though – we bypassed our usual hotel contenders and opted to stay at the Inn Above Oak Creek, which had its suite available for just one night on Saturday. A quick summary of my thoughts on this suite: instant LOVE. We will never stay anywhere else in Sedona again! Not only was the suite beautiful and so spacious (little peek below), but the innkeepers were some of the nicest, most welcoming people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I have nothing but glowing praise for this boutique hotel! And of course am already plotting our next stay.
Since Sedona was unseasonably hot with the temperature hitting 100, our hiking sights were set on a trail with water as the reward, rather than the usual sweeping views. We tried a couple of the local swimming holes last time we were in town, but really wanted an option that was a little more remote. (Code for, spare us the screaming children and at least some of the bros from Northern AZ U.) Accessible only via a seven mile round trip hike that while easy, weeded out some of the crowds, ‘The Crack’ on Bell Trail came pretty close to what we had in mind. If we had arrived a couple hours earlier it may have hit the mark completely in terms of solitude, but as is likely the case most late weekend mornings, we had to share the natural pool with a few dozen others. Luckily the main attraction, the ‘diving board’ -and the nerves it seemed to stir up in most of our fellow water enthusiasts – sparked a lot of conversation. It took most people at least a minute or two of hesitation before taking the plunge:
Jake’s photos totally trumped mine. Here’s a great post I read on this swimming hole, as well as four others in Sedona. Go early, wear sunscreen, bring lots of water.
No celebratory evening together would be complete without a couple of martinis, a sunset, and on this special occasion, a shot of the two of us to remember it by…
Taken at Enchantment Resort, a gorgeous place that is one of the most splurge-worthy hotels in Sedona. (So I’ve heard. We were too cheap to splurge that much, partially because of what came next…)
This time we were in the basket. Our trip to the balloon festival in Albuquerque (one of my favorite weekends, ever) left me wanting to be the ones in the air!
A shoutout here to Red Rock Balloons, who from start to finish made this such a perfect experience. The staff and the crew were so genuinely nice and while they handled the whole operation really professionally, they made it FUN. (Which I’d guess is a little challenging at 5 am.) Extra points for pouring us glass after glass after glass of bubbles after the flight was over… a no fail method of winning me over.
Finito! That’s all for this round in Sedona. Happy anniversary Jake <3