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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 - 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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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 19, 2016 - A Majestic Rat Race

I realize I keep saying this…but Wow, What a Day. I woke early to the sound of birds chirping outside my teardrop window. There seem to be birds everywhere in Sedona but especially here at Rancho Sedona RV Park. I don’t stay in many RV parks because I typically prefer campgrounds. Although every place is unique, usually campgrounds have more space and privacy between sites, and often there are hiking trails departing from the campground so you don’t have to drive in order to hike. Plus in my opinion, state and federal campgrounds are almost...

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May 18, 2016 - Mesas and Buttes and Colors Galore

For some reason, I didn’t have high expectations for the scenery along today’s drive. Was I ever wrong! From the moment I left Albuquerque there were mesas and buttes everywhere. I had the general idea that a mesa is bigger than a butte but I had to look it up to be sure. Indeed that is the case. There are a couple of different criteria for determining when a feature is small enough to be considered a butte. In general, if it is taller than it is wide, that suffices….though some say a mesa has to be big enough to contain either water or...

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Oct 4, 2015 - Serendipity

We are staying at Luke AFB-Ft Tuthill Recreation Center which is run by the Air Force and has Cabins, Yurts, Hotel, tent sites and RV sites. This center is in turn located on the old Fort Tuthill National Guard Training base. This base was not very big as bases go, but the trail that surrounds it is 5.3 miles in length. The Rec Center is a small portion of the old base with the County fairgrounds (small) and a very large County park being the rest. Besides the trail surrounding the park, it also has 3 single track mountain bike trails that...

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Sep 29, 2015 - Tour of Jerome, Cottonwood, Sedona, AZ and Montezuma's Castle & Well

September 29, 2015 JEROME, SEDONA & TUZIGOOT BUS TOUR Tuzigoot National Monument Our first stop on today’s guided tour was Tuzigoot (Apache for “crooked water”), the remnant of a Southern Sinagua village that was built between 1000 and 1400. It crowns the summit of a long ridge rising about 120 feet above the Verde Valley. The original pueblo was two stories high in places, with 87 ground-floor rooms. There were few exterior doors. Entry was by ladders through roof openings. The village began as a small cluster of rooms inhabited by some 50...

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Aug 31, 2015 - Sedona

Sedona is famous for the red rock surrounding it. We went on a pink jeep tour and saw the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The Pink Jeep tour was a definite hit with the girls!!! They laughed so hard as there were bumped to a fro!!! At the top a storm was coming- we watched as it approached. We actually saw a beautiful rainbow too! We managed to avoid the rain back into the town of Sedona! On the way back to our campsite it was a scary, dark, rainy and lightening filled journey!!! God was good and brought us safely back!!

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May 30, 2015 - Day 6 May 29 2015 Visit with Barb and site seeing

Day 6 May 29, 2015: Visit with Barb, Sedona and Montezuma Nat’l Park Just another beautiful day to wake up to 59 degrees, and wispy clouds. Leona took a short walk around the park while I tried to get onto the internet with no results. They told me upon check in that the internet is sporadic. Well it was nil, nada, nothing, #@%&)$%#@#%%^! We realized something today that we didn’t know yesterday. When we left Munds RV Park the day before, I had programmed Rancho Verde RV Park into my GPS. The pictures of the park were just beautiful. As we...

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