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 would like to introduce you to Brigid the bison. She joined us at Wall Drug in Walk South Dakota. She took her first plane ride to Nashville from Rapid City SD. This is her first official Thelma & Louise adventure.
She really enjoyed looking out the Southwest plane window
Today she went to the gem and mineral show and then we took at drive up to Mt. Lemmon and Sabino Canyon. It was beautiful. It’s about 20 miles out of Tucson. Brigid has quite a thrilling day. Look for more photos!
The happy road warriors arrived safely in Phoenix. We headed to Tucson with our traditional lunch stop at the legendary Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. The park is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains. It is the home of the Lost Dutchman Mine. No one has ever found the mine. Who knows maybe we will!
White white falling down
Turned my smile into a frown
Car in driveway stuck again
Suddenly frown becomes a grin!
Watching snowflakes drift and weave
A meditative time to breathe.
The garden sleeps but soon will rise
With warm spring beauty for our eyes.
It’s just winter….
Copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Stagnant pond, ethereal blue
What secrets can we learn from you?
Are you a silent portal to worlds below?
Or will the sun shine down, and ever so slow
Gently take you back to heaven?
Copyright Toni Hooper 2017