Farewell Sedona…

With trepidation, we hook up, load up and depart Dead Horse Ranch State Park leaving the images of Sedona in the rear view mirror.  We hated saying good-bye to Sedona’s natural beauty of red-rocks.Sedona

Many of these red-rock buttes, spires, and monuments have names, such as the popular Coffee Pot Rock.  Red Rock Country is definitely worth the visit on any trip to Arizona.  I know it’ll be a regular stop for Al and me.  We already look forward to returning.Sedona

And while the red-rocks are majestic and stunning, another site catches our eyes….McDonald’s.  Oh, but this McDonald’s is special.  It’s the only one in the world where the Golden Arches are Turquoise Arches.  Turquoise is a color most associated with the desert southwest.  As I’m taking a photo, a gentleman from Japan joins me to my left, while a woman from Spain joins me on my right.  Sedona is a highlight for folks from around the world.  We all comment about the Turquoise Arches and the southwest architecture as we snap away.McDonald's

With the Rig pointed south, we slowly meander toward Phoenix.  Arizona is a land of contrast and diversity.  The scenery is undeniably beautiful, ranging from hot and dry deserts to evergreen mountain forests to towering red rocks and canyon gorges.Sedona

One minute we’re traveling among ignored, undeveloped desert, the next we stumble across an old pioneer graveyard or ghost town.  Then within a few short miles, we happen upon a populated area of new homes and shopping centers.Dead Horse State Park

It appears everything in Arizona is either very old or very new.  What an amazing land.  And it’s ours to explore!Travel

Sedona, Arizona

SedonaWe awake to a beautiful Arizona sunrise, and quickly ready ourselves for the day.  We’re off to try another Sedona recommendation from LuAnn….the Coffee Pot Restaurant.

The Coffee Pot Restaurant is home to 101 Omelets and got its name from the famous Coffee Pot Rock. Coffee Pot Rock is actually the highest point in Sedona at about 5,600 feet in elevation.  The town sits at 4,350 feet in elevation.SedonaSedona2 071

Ummm, the coffee was divine and the food was excellent. We even purchase some coffee to brew back at the RV.Sedona

Next we head into the quaint older shopping district for a little retail therapy.  I can’t help but feel a sense of history.  I image the pioneers on horseback discovering this majestic land.  The history of this land goes way back to various Indian civilizations.  The first Europeans (Spanish) explored the Verde Valley in the mid 1500’s and the first Anglo settled in the area in 1876. Sedona

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Sedona is a small town of about 10,000 residents and consists of 19 square miles, 49% of which belong to the Coconino National Forest.  With such an abundance of public access, the availability of hiking is endless. Sedona

SedonaRed Rock Country is stunning in all directions.  There’s a sense of spirituality.  A majestic beauty.  It’s no wonder this unique beauty attracts 2 to 4 million tourists a year.

Al and I finally feel rested, relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to hit the road again.  Although I must admit, I could stay for quite awhile and never tire of the view.

 

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Getting Wet

RVingThe gentle sound of rain hitting the RV is some how relaxing.  I stare out the window as the rain leaves a random pattern of water droplets on the pane.  I can almost sense the cacti smiling, arms stretched, rejoicing in the much-needed moisture.

We’ve been camped in the Phoenix area for about a month now.  This cold, rainy day allows Al and me to reflect on the past month of travel.Grand Canyon

In November we were exploring the Grand Canyon.  Wow, what an awe-inspiring place.  Did you know the canyon is about a mile deep and 277 miles long?  The north rim of the Grand Canyon sits at an average elevation of 8,000 feet, while the south rim sits at about 6,800 feet (2072 meters).Grand Canyon

The average distance between the north rim of the Grand Canyon and the south rim is about 10 miles with the greatest width measuring 18 miles and the nearest a mere 5 miles.  The diverse landscape and abundant wildlife, make the Grand Canyon a MUST SEE at least once.  I know Al and I will return.Bighorn SheepOur journey takes us from Grand Canyon National Park to Cottonwood, Arizona.  After a little research, Al and I decide on Dead Horse Ranch State Park as home for a few days.  This turned out to be the perfect campground for us to regroup.Dead Horse State Park

The weather is sunny and warm.  We have hiking trails literally in our backyard.  The restrooms have nice showers.  Ahhhh….after weeks of Navy showers, I’m able to bask in gallons and gallons of hot water.  Hey, with my long, thick, curly hair a long hot shower is indeed a treat. Dead Horse State Park

Oh, but it doesn’t end there.  There’s a skylight perfectly positioned above the shower stall.  So as I tilt my head back and revel in the glory of tons of hot water streaming over my head, I watch the thin, white fluffy clouds slowly drift by against a gorgeous blue sky.Dead Horse State Park

The shower felt wonderful.  However, it was never my intent to resemble a raisin, thus all things must come to an end.  After all, tomorrow is another day.  And speaking of tomorrow….we have some serious exploring to do….. Sedona here we come!