2014-2016 Travels travel blog

Trailhead, Brins Mesa Trail, Coconino NF, near Uptown Sedona

Brins Mesa Trail, Coconino NF, near Uptown Sedona

Brins Mesa Trail, Coconino NF, near Uptown Sedona

Our vehicle is parked in the small whitish area, Brins Mesa Trail,...

Brins Mesa Trail, Coconino NF, near Uptown Sedona

Tracy at the arts and crafts village of Tlaquepaque, Sedona, AZ

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, AZ

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, AZ

Rachel, do you recognize this? Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Sedona, AZ


Our last day in Sedona was a down day...no specific plans. Tracy and I decided to go hiking in the Coconino NF. Pat and Ves hung out at 'The Rooms Upstairs'. We selected the Brins Mesa Trail. The trailhead was near our lodging. We headed north up Jordan road. It deadended into Park Ridge Road, which we took a left on and drove a short distance to its deadend. We were in the Coconino NF. The trail took us up the canyon up onto Brins Mesa. From the mesa top, the views were big and beautiful. We lingered on the Mesa for a while enjoying the solitude. We returned to the room and rested up from the hike on the veranda.

After our rest, we decided to go to a local arts & crafts shopping spot. I took this description from the website...Your Sedona experience must include spending time at internationally renowned Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh), Sedona Arizona's Arts & Crafts Village. Nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek in Sedona, Tlaquepaque is the most distinctive shopping experience to be found in the Southwest. Authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque, meaning the "best of everything," has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970's. Its vine covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways and magnificent arched entryways give you the feeling that Tlaquepaque has been here for centuries. Tasteful galleries and unique shops live in harmony with its lush natural environment where giant sycamore trees stand in testimony to the care taken in preserving the timeless beauty of the Tlaquepaque grounds. It would be hard to find more beautiful surroundings anywhere to create a shopping experience like no other. We purchased two water color landscapes at an art gallery. I bought Tracy a frog clock. It truly is a very unique place and we enjoyed our experience there. We spent the rest of the day making preparations for our journey home. We enjoyed a delicious meal at the Cowboy Club that evening.

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