2019-10-13 AZ, Sedona

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We met in Lawrenceville and boarded a bus to the Atlanta airport. We flew to Phoenix and were met by a tour-guide and motorcoach. Our first stop was to visit the old town of Sccotsdale. We took pictures and shopped in the stores for about an hour. Then we boarded the bus and went to the Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona. After unpacking bags, we were treated to a 'welcome' dinner on the patio. It was wonderful.

The next morning, after a buffet breakfast, we were bussed to the Williams train-depot and rode about 2 hours to the rim of the Grand Canyon. It was exciting to both see and feel the majesty of the canyon. I had seen pictures of it for years and always wanted to 'see it myself', so-o-o today was the day! We walked around and took pictures, had a quick lunch and viewed the gift shops. Then, we rode a short distance to the tower and repeated the adventure. On the blog pictures, I've posted two group pictures - one at the rim of the canyon after we first arrived, and another at the tower. Our next stop was the Cameron Trading Post which is where I took a photo of the bridge across the canyon. I had often heard of others going from the south rim to the north rim, but I never had seen a picture of the bridge before now. We had a great dinner at Black Bart's Restaurant in Flagstaff before returning to the resort.

The next day, we departed in a trolley and visited the Holy Cross Chapel and the Sedona Trail viewing area. After more pictures and much awe at the beauty of the scenery, we went shopping at Tlaquepaque, the arts and crafts village. Our tour-guide told us about the history of the area and how the trees were preserved. We had lunch and shopping in downtown Sedona. Next, we had an excursion ride with the "Pink Jeep". On the backroad to Flagstaff, we had the bumpiest ride of our lives. We returned 'all-shook-up' but laughing at the experience. That night, we had dinner-own-our-on at the local resort restaurant. The whole day had been magical with the beauty surrounding us and the triumph of surviving a dangerous jeep-ride. (Ha-Ha!)

The next day, we saw Montezuma's Castle (in the cliffs) on the way to Jerome. In Jerome, we enjoyed being on the top of a mountain where a copper mining town used to flourish. Again, our guide told us about the history of the area and I was amazed at his background of growing up nearby. We window-shopped and enjoyed the time in the downtown area. Our next stop was the Clarkdale depot where we boarded the train for a 4-hour ride viewing the Verde Canyon. It was very exciting to see all the beauty of the area - but, someone noted later that we didn't see any animals. (My theory was that the train caused them to hide as we passed.)

Our final day of touring started with a tour of Wupatki National Park and the Pueblo. Then the Sunset Mountain Crater and the lava tubes nearby. It was a long bus ride but interesting history and worth-it! We had a farewell dinner at a family-run 'barn' in Cottonwood. The cowboy entertainment show was great and it was sad to see the trip end. Of course, the next morning, we gathered and returned back to Atlanta. It was a wonderful and exciting trip.

Note: The whole time that I was in the Sedona area, I was continuously thirsty and tried to drink a lot of water. Also, after returning home, the 3-hour time difference required a cicadian adjustment.


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