|The weather was a perfect 70 degrees today with clear skies and a light breeze. We packed a lunch, loaded up our chairs & walking sticks and made our way to Sedona for a day of exploring. We were here last year in April with Dick & Lou so are quite familiar with the area. And as I mentioned in an earlier post, Larry & I honeymooned in Sedona in 1985. We stayed at L'Auberge, a wonderful place on the banks of Oak Creek. We stayed in a charming Creekside Cabin with a large canopy bed, beautiful porch and awesome view. There was no TV & no phone. It is now much larger and billed as a 'Spa Resort', but current reviews give it & the staff a big A+. We highly recommend it if you're in town.
Sorry, got a bit off track but this place has such special meaning to us! Our first destination today was the Red Rock Loop Road. We stopped several times to stretch our legs, check out the view and take photos, especially of Cathedral Rock. Beautiful.
Continuing on we stopped for a good look at Coffeepot Rock and then moved on down Schnebly Hill Rd. We passed Snoopy Rock and eventually came to the end of the pavement. After traveling down a very bumpy, windy road for a couple of miles we decided to turn back for smoother ground. We continued our drive down 89-A traveling beside the lovely Oak Creek until hunger pangs forced a lunch break. We set our chairs up along the river and enjoyed our picnic in peace & solitude. It was wonderful. If you close your eyes, take a deep breath and let your mind wander perhaps you can hear the gentle babbling of the water and smell the lovely old trees with us. After our meal we walked along the rivers edge watching a large male Common Merganser duck. He flew in at about 10 miles per hour, hitting the water like a heavy rock. We laughed at that landing! He was quite busy feeding, completely ignoring us, but we found him quite entertaining.
Moving on we stopped for a couple of quick shots at Slide Rock but opted not to pay to go into the park. There were quite a few folks sunning on the rock ledges and a few brave souls in the water. The screams as they entered made it quite evident that it isn't very warm yet! We eventually turned around, making a quick stop at Dairy Queen for a much needed ice cream cone. There were several vendors set up outside but I resisted all temptation by leaving quickly. Larry was happy about that, lol....
We made our way back through town, turning onto 179. There are numerous round-about's on this road but the view is wonderful as you drive along. We stopped for a quick view of the Chapel of the Holy Cross as we've been there several times. But it's so majestic, perched there in that beautiful setting, we just couldn't pass it up. Moving along we enjoyed seeing the Courthouse Butte & Bell Rock before finally turning around for our return home.
It was a wonderful day. I hope you enjoyed tagging along. We're heading to Prescott tomorrow to visit our friend Mary and do a bit of sight-seeing as well. Mary was my maid-of-honor in 1985 and lived in Vegas for many years but relocated to Prescott a couple of years ago. Small world huh? It will be terrific to see her again. One of the many perks of this mobile lifestyle. See you on down the road...