2013 trips travel blog

Today we took a very scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon, we went down at least 2000' on the drive from our campground. No water in the creek at this time but the monsoon season is just about to start. There were many pull outs and as we approached Sedona we saw many of the famous red rock cliffs. Once in Sedona we took a Pink Jeep tour of the red rocks up Schnebly Hill Rd. Sedona is named for the wife of one of the early settlers. We took the easier ride and it was very rough, can't imagine how the more extreme one would have been. It was just the 2 of us and a very knowledgeable tour guide who explained the geologic formations we were seeing and history of the area from both the native Indians and the early settlers. It was hot even though we climbed about 2000' on the ride. The Pink Jeep company has been around since the 1960's and we got a very good value, even though this is a tourist town. We then walked the town, some of the buildings are from the 1880's and had some good ice cream. Afterwards we drove to the airport for a scenic view, many operators there with all kinds of planes and helicopters for sightseeing. The drive south of Sedona a Hwy 179 is called the Red Rock scenic byway and it was, pullouts to view Castle Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and the Chapel of the Holy Cross that is built into the rock face, similar to Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. We didn't catch any vortexes that we know of in Sedona, but it was a spectacular place to visit, nice to go back to the relaxation in our campground.

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