We spent the last weekend of January in Sedona. It was a first for me and the MR, and frankly it’s beautiful country.
Flying into Tuscon, it was just a few hours drive to our destination. First stop was the visitors center where the volunteers gave us great recommendations for hikes and directions to trailheads. We had time for lunch and a short hike with my brother and sister-in-law before checking in to our rental home.
The Teacup Trail and the Devil’s Kitchen (a large sink hole) were both impressive, and we managed to stay off the road when the pink jeeps drove by. Honestly it was nice just to be outside in our shirtsleeves in the middle of winter.
The next day, we were off to Tuzigoot National Monument—an Indian village from 1100 AD. We were amazed at the simple square buildings that still remain hundreds of years after they were abandoned. The staff were informative and chatty and even agreed to take a photo of our whole group. The MR’s folks had driven down from Mesquite, NV to join us.
Just across the valley, we could see the mining city of Jerome built into the steep hillside. It was an adventure just finding a parking spot, and walking the steep streets was a workout. Staircases connect the switchbacks up the mountainside. We enjoyed lunch at the Haunted Hamburger and then made a mad dash to Montezuma’s Castle. It closed minutes before we arrived, but we decided to head back the next day. The hospital in Jerome has been converted into a hotel with spectacular views. Apparently, you can eat lunch in the assylum with the ghosts—very creepy.
Montezuma’s Castle turned out to be another Indian cliff dwelling built right into the side of the bluff. This one we had to admire from afar. It’s really quite amazing what people did with primitive tools so long ago.
Half the fun of traveling to new places is noticing the amazing differences in plant life. We don’t have sycamore trees back home, and these cacti are so intricate.
Then it was on to the Chapel of the Holy Cross with archeticture inspired by the Empire State Building and lovely views.
The last day, we woke to snow. It was the MR’s birthday, and we spent a quiet day at home playing card games.
That evening we enjoyed a spectacular dinner at Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill. It’s not cheap, but the food was quite good.
The next morning it was time to say goodbye and head back home to the real world.
The MR asked if I’d go back. Well let’s see, lots of nice restaurants, fun shopping, great hikes, beautiful scenery—I’d say that’s a yes. There’s a gallery with some great paintings we almost bought, lots of shops we didn’t get a chance to explore, and I’d really like a chance to hit a few more trails. I think this is just our first trip to Sedona.
Where do you like to go for a bit of sunshine in the midst of winter?