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!
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.
We are a day behind on the blog because we didn’t have wifi at the Boulder Mountain Lodge. We were told it comes and goes, and right now it’s here so I will try to catch up. From Panguitch we took Utah Scenic Highway 12 to Boulder. Our trip led us past Bryce Canyon and on to the Grand Staircase Escalante. The scenery changes around every turn. The population of Boulder in 2012 was 220. It boasts two restaurants, one called Hell’s Backbone Kitchen, named after one of the local mountain trails. The food is organic and all local. Everyone here seems to have migrated from the 60’s and there are no signs of stress! Hmmmm…
We made a stop at the Petrified Forest State Park, then on to the Grand Staircase. All I can say is you had to be there!
Grand Staircase Escalante
Dinner at Hell’s Backbone, sweet potato cakes for starters
The best mac and cheese ever, and yes we bought the cookbook.
Braised beef with polenta and veggies, slow cooked, melt in your mouth.
We stopped at Fremont Indian State Park on our way south to Panguitch. We really didn’t know what to expect, but it was a beautiful park with more petroglyphs than I have ever seen. Very educational, we hiked around the park for five hours. We learned that a petroglyph is art carved into the rock and pictographs are paintings or drawings in colors using mineral pigments and plant dyes. The Fremont Indians disappeared around 1250 AD.
Cave of 100 Hands
Cowboy Smokehouse for dinner, no wine just beer! We got the everything special with beef, ribs, and sausage. Yum! Dessert was bread pudding, oh my! We are full and sleepy. Looking forward to tomorrow’s adventure to Zion National Park.
Ok last day…..but I think we will be back! I’m having a coffee at 7am looking at the calm Caribbean and watching the waves break way way out at the reef. I want to stay. But I miss my family so it’s time to go.
Friday was a lazy day…for Dan anyway. I walked into town to find souvenirs. I always have a problem buying the right things. Sometimes I just give the kids money instead. It’s fun to see the trinkets that are made by the locals. Of course women walk the beach trying to sell you blankets and bags.
After a nice day, no rain, perfect skies, we just had dinner at the hotel restaurant, sitting on the beach of course. In a couple of hours we will take a taxi to the water taxi, then an hour or so ride to Belize City, and off to Dallas we go. So folks, thanks for sharing this trip with us. I’ll go home a prepare for the next adventure.
They do love the golf carts.
You might have to look close but there is a seahorse on the rope.
Some of the kids waiting for a snack.
A fisherman cleaning a barracuda, and then he throws scraps to the birds.
Look close, this guy has a mouth full!
Dan had red snapper.
The unexpected dinner guest!