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Sep 26, 2016 - California to Arizona

We’ve been driving for 2 days and have done over 1000 kilometres so far. Not bad going. We were very “focussed” in just getting the car from the Avis office back to the hotel. You could say “tense”; I prefer to say “focussed”. But that was nothing compared to driving out of LA. Thankfully, Tamara volunteered to do the first drive. And thank goodness for GPS! I have no idea how someone would work out the spaghetti highways without it. But, we survived and made our way to Palm Springs where we took a lunch break, and then I took over and...

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In the USA 2016

Sep 23, 2016 - Sedona, here we come

As we left Grants NM for Sedona, we had plans to stay at the Sedona Elks Lodge on the hill near the airport so we would have a beautiful view. After reading the comments on the RVing Elks Parking website, we changed our minds and headed to Camp Verde past Sedona. The Sedona Elks RV spaces are 30 amp (and it’s HOT), the sites are slightly sloped down in front (not good for our coach) and it is $30 a night. Verde River RV Park in Camp Verde (former Western Horizon membership) is cheaper with full hook ups. We had very hard side winds and...

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Aug 20, 2016 - Sedona, AZ

We left Kingman at 9am, as we wanted to beat the heat and also get to Sedona as early as we could. Our cousins, Alona, Chuck and their mom, Jan who live in Las Vegas were meeting us there. It was a beautiful drive as we slowly climbed from 3500 foot elevation to 7200 in Flagstaff. As we progressed east on I-40, it kept getting greener and greener and then we got to the pines just outside of Flagstaff. We stopped in Williams for a late breakfast and found a really cute town. We wished we had decided to meet our cousins there, as it would...

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May 29, 2016 - Allen Bend

It is hot in Sedona today, so we decided to do the Allen Bend Hike. This trail runs along Oak Creek and is mostly in the shade. Our guidebook describes the trail as "...being like a sidewalk." Hardly! Much of the walk is uneven stones loosely pushed together to make for tricky footing. Surface quality finally improved about halfway into our walk. The trail takes one up close to the canyon sidewalls, which have some interesting variations in color/design. We diverted from the main trail to follow a spur down to the banks of Oak Creek, which...

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May 27, 2016 - Wilson Canyon

Today we hiked in to Wilson Canyon, which is a beautiful climb with the trail repeatedly criss-crossing Wilson Creek. It hasn't rained for months here, so the creek was just a trickle; but the stream bed (even without major water) is pretty.Vegetation on the hike was a interesting mix of Ponderosa Pine, Cottonwood, Juniper, Prickly Pear Cacti, and Yuccas. Not your typical forest mixture, The rock is mostly red, but in places the red is mixed with gray/blue granite. The trail climbs to Wilson Canyon, which is a three-sided box canyon....

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May 25, 2016 - Palatki National Monument

About 15 miles southwest of Sedona is the Palatki National Heritage Site. Palatki consists of a relatively intact cliff dwelling, represented by 5 interconnected living and work spaces. Also on the site is a large wall of petroglyphs and pictographs, some dating back 5000 years or more. Palatki (which means "Red House" in Hopi language) was inhabited by Sinaguan people. Several families are thought to have lived at Palatki, two of which have their family/clan symbols engraved above the dwelling (i.e., like house signs). The...

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May 24, 2016 - Oak Creek Canyon

We spent the afternoon driving the length of Oak Creek Canyon, which runs from Sedona north to Munds Park and Flagstaff. It's a beautiful wooded drive that follows Oak Creek most of the way up to Flagstaff, with an elevation change of about 3000 feet up onto the Colorado Plateau. The drive out of Sedona starts with red buttes on both sides of the highway and lush Cottonwood and Sycamore trees lining the banks of the creek. Several miles out of town one crosses Midgley Bridge, which straddles Wilson Creek. As one approaches Munds Park, the...

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May 23, 2016 - Montezuma's Well and Castle

Our first outing during our Sedona Week was to Montezuma's Well/Castle. These two sites are in the Verde Valley, located about 15 miles east of Sedona. They were used and inhabited by ancient Sinagua peoples between 900 and 1300 A.D. The Castle is a large, and basically intact, 5-story structure located a few miles from the well. Early settlers to the Verde Valley thought the dwelling to be so impressive that it must have been the palace of Aztec leader Montezuma (hence the name). The Well remains a spiritual place for Native Americans, for...

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May 22, 2016 - A Week in Sedona

In lieu of our usual annual trip to the California coast each spring, we've opted for something closer to home: A week in Sedona. Although we often do Sedona as a day trip from Fountain Hills, it usually is with winter guests who are experiencing "Red Rock Country" for the first time. Thus, our circuit of activities has been pretty set (i.e., we visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross, seek out the vortex at Airport Mesa, have lunch at the Hillside Grill, etc.). This trip is for us, and one on which we plan to visit new places and explore some...

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May 21, 2016 - Do you feel a vortex?

It’s amazing what you can get done if you wake early enough. I had set my alarm for 5am because I knew it would be light by then, but chirping birds woke me at 4:30. Turns out it was pretty light already by that time…so why not get a head start? I didn’t want to brew coffee at that hour (there are pretty strict rules in this campground about waking your neighbors before 7am and besides - that would have slowed me down). I wasn’t sure I would find anyplace open to buy coffee at 5 am, so my day started with a cup of cold coffee leftover from...

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May 20, 2016 - Inlaws and Outlaws

It's been just about five years since the three Matchett brothers were all together in one place, so we all decided it was time to get together. Bill and Lisa came from California. Bob and Carol came from Colorado. We all shared a house in Sedona for five days to enjoy the area and each other's company. There was a lot of good food and great conversation. As well as some hiking and shopping. We visited the Palatki Indian Ruins where we got a glimpse of what it was like for the Indians living on the hillsides. We took a jeep tour up into the...

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May 20, 2016 - A Beautifully Jeepless Day

Now THIS is more like it! I headed out early and planned to hike the Bell Rock Pathway, which would have been about a six mile hike and pretty level. Of course once I saw that there was a trail (of sorts) up the rock, I couldn’t resist climbing. Sometimes that would have more accurately been described as scrambling or schooching. Anyway I made it ALMOST to the top. Plenty of others turned around, too. What an incredible view. After making it back to level ground I completed most of the pathway I had intended to hike, but decided to turn...

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