Hello friends and family!
After barely getting any sleep last night, we checked out of our sketchy motel and it was finally time to head to a city we were very excited about: Sedona, Arizona. The woman at AAA highly recommended we take the hour detour to spend the day. We are so thankful for that advice!
On the way to Sedona we couldn’t resist stopping right off I-40 to see the meteor crater. We figured it would be pretty corny, especially with all the “turn here to experience the impact” signs dotting the road to the tourist attraction. However, the hole this meteor left is quite a sight to see. The mark is made is enormous! We were happy we stopped to check it out but didn’t stay too long ..
As we started nearing Sedona, the road became a two-lane highway that wound through Oak Creek Canyon- full of spectacular white, yellow, and red cliffs. The view was unlike any we had other seen, and each turn around the bend had a gorgeous new formation or gorge waiting for us.
Red Rocks of Sedona
Our guidebook suggested stopping by Slide Rock Park. It was on the way and it was early in the day, so we waited in the long line to enter the park. As soon as we entered, it became apparent the wait was well worth it. The park is incredibly gorgeous, and even has an apple orchard with tiny green apples at the beginning stage of their growth. Better yet, the park has a 70 foot natural water slide!
Slide Rock Park
It was scorching hot outside and the cool, rushing water was calling my name. Maya and I switched outfits and I headed into the sea of people waiting head downstream. Everyone kept their shoes on because they said the rocks cut your feet. We all know I am more comfortable doing everything barefoot though. I would explain how successful that little journey was, however, I think the video will speak for itself. The time spent there was one of my favorite moments thus far of our trip. I would like to inquire about having my next birthday party at Slide Rock Park….. 😉
A local sketched out a map of Sedona for us and we headed to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. A Catholic shrine sits atop a red rock in between two huge sandstone peaks, which is quite the sight to see. The floor-to-ceiling windows inside the chapel with the view of the red rocks behind it was breath-taking. It was a very powerful sight that I had to sit down for a little bit to take in.
We continued to drive around the town of Sedona, falling in love with it the more we explored. For an hour or so we drove up and down little side roads, taking in the landscape from every angle we could find. Right before sunset we headed up to the airport, which has a well-known spot with a perfect view of the red rocks. As the sun began to go down, we decided it was time to continue heading West, to rest up for the Grand Canyon the next day. If I didn’t already know how incredible our final destination is, I think we woud have stayed in Sedona for the rest of our trip.
View from the airport
We drove to a little city outside of Flagstaff, Arizona called Williams, which is close to the Grand Canyon but cheaper. The town turned out to be a great little surprise, and was lined with shops that we spent the evening browsing before calling it an early night.
The motel we stayed in was owned by a nice little Indian woman who decided it was her duty to play mom. At first she would just pop into our room without knocking to adjust the air conditioning (reminds me of someone we know) or to open a window. Even this morning, as we opened the door to leave, she was standing outside of it inquiring about our plans.
Tomorrow we will finally visit the Grand Canyon and see if it lives up to the hype!