Spectacular view from Eagle’s Nest in Red Rock State Park
Wednesday we headed out to start our exploration of Sedona. This part of Arizona is magical. The rock formations can be seen from anywhere. We started the day at Red Rock State Park. We took the two mile hike up to Eagle’s Nest. Two miles may not seem very far but it was quite the climb on a dirt and rock trail with dozens of switchbacks, but worth every step.
Next we drove to Crescent Moon Ranch and took the trail that runs along Oak Creek to Cathedral Rock. Again not disappointed!
Starving after a day of hiking we went to Rimcon to eat. Mexican food Arizona style. Yum! Steak tacos and Navajo pizza!
Sedona is a great place to see the stars and there are billions visible. It’s what they call a “dark city” and that just means they have low city lights so that the night sky is more spectacular. I’m getting in some practice on my astrophotography. Needless to say I’m quite the beginner, but what better place to practice.
Tuesday we left Tucson early and headed north to Sedona. We made a stop in Jerome, and old mining town built right into the side of the mountain. What a site to see. That’s the town to the left on the hill right under the alien orb! Yes there are aliens in Arizona. Really I think it’s a lens flare from the camera, but who knows for sure!
As you can see there was a lot of up and down. The streets zig zag. Yes fitbit we got our steps and our flights of stairs.
Shadows from the top.
Time to Eat
We had a great lunch at the Haunted Hamburger. A cute restaurant that was once a boarding house and is haunted by the ghost of a lady who died there in the late 1800’s. We were thirst of course and Lynn ordered a Haunt-a-Rita. Surprise! I had wine. Lynn got the chili burger and I got the veggie wrap. Both were delicious and so much food we had enough to take for a snack later.
As you can see Brigid prefers the wine.
We took Dan to Bozeman airport Sunday and headed east to Devils Tower. We had no wifi and no cell at Lytle Creek, our B & B just a couple of miles from the park. It was a beautiful place. I’m writing now from the cabin at Custer State Park still no wifi so photos will be limited.
Lunch in Hardin WY
Lytle Creek Bed & Breakfast
We highly recommend it. Quiet, quaint and down a dirt road from Devils Tower. It’s a ten minute drive to Hulett, population of about 500! But the eating there was excellent and Lynn and I each had a stone therapy massage from Bunny Sings Wolf, a Lakota healing woman. That’s a whole other blog!
I almost forgot to mention that the owner built a little four hole golf course down in the field!
This deli is famous. We are told people come from all over to eat. The panini was excellent, even with the beaver mustard!
We went to Victor to eat and found it odd that the parking spaces were situated so that had to back into them. Lynn of course has no trouble parking.
Jennifer our gracious hostess at the house brought us over some potatoes fresh from the field. They are so buttery and yummy! Sorry Kroger.
We discovered Ruby’s on this trip. Sorry we didn’t go there last trip. The food is out of this world! We went on Tuesday night. It’s off season here so there was no crowd. We were told by locals that you can’t get a seat during peak season. We found out why. First night Dan got meatball Parmesan and I got pasta sampler. Every bite was a taste experience. There was more than enough food so we took home leftovers.
Friday night we went again. This time we got fried zucchini with home made marinara. I’m told they are going to start selling the marinara. I’ll be first in line to order! I tried fettuccini Alfredo, not disappointed at all. Dan got the red snapper stuffed with artichokes and mushrooms with a side of pasta. Again, we were in tastebuds heaven. Finishing up we shared a cannoli, yummy. Wish Ruby would move to Tennessee! If you are ever in Pompano, you must try Ruby’s.
Arches is one of the most exciting parks I have ever seen. I know you’re thinking, “how many rocks can you look at?” For me, there are always more rocks. After all Lynn and I have mailed two boxes each home already. Love rocks, always have. What fascinates me is how different they all are. How long did it take our Creator to sculpt a formation we named, “Three Gossips?” Wind and weather and time have sculpted these rocks, we have given them names. We started out to just scan the park and come back later. Ha Ha. During the course of the day we did short hikes and by the end of the day I did the hike to Delicate Arch. Note, I am a walker not a hiker and Lynn is terrified of heights. I kept hearing little whispers in my head for weeks, “get out of your comfort zone.” Little over 3 miles, not bad if it was flat, but at the end I felt like I had climbed my Mt. Everest. It was spectacular. Check out the photos below.
Then we had dinner at Sunset Grill. It was the original home of Charlie Steen who was one of the major uranium kings of Moab in the 1950’s. Food was a Incredible and the house sits high on a hill with incredible views.
North and south windows arches.
This was part of the climb to Delicate Arch, across what they called Slick Rock. Note the road down to the parking lot.
Toni at the arch. I felt like this was such an accomplishment. For me it was like climbing Mt. Everest!
Lynn has become the avid rock hound. She loves the green rocks.
Can you see Moab below?
View at Arches in afternoon light. La Sal mountains in background.
Our tents are quite special, no electricity or wifi, but we have water and a wood stove. Brrr, the first night it was cold, but they provide lots of warm cozy blankets and comforters. We woke up and Lynn started us a fire. We noticed a leak in or little shower. I had to walk to the office tent anyway to get coffee, and they laughed when I told them about the leak. Apparently it is a freeze valve that keeps the pipes from freezing soooo, it got cold!
We loaded up and took off on a scenic drive through the La Sal mountains and valleys. Wow what a drive, 27 miles in two hours, or more! We ended at Castle Creek Winery. After that we drove a short scenic drive that ran along the Colorado river, picnic time. Of course we went to the post office to mail more rocks home. Lynn is the queen of finding petrified wood.
It is weird being behind on the blog. We are back at Peace Tree eating breakfast and using wifi.
Yesterday was Arches National Park but that is a blog all it’s own.
Enjoy the pics.
Our deluxe tent on the desert facing Arches.
Putting on make up on the front porch.
La Sal Mountains
Through the canyon by the Colorado river.
All along the canyon/river road people were building houses in the mountain!
End of the canyon at Moonflower where I played my flute for the ancestors.
That’s a reflection of the rocks in the water.