Sedona - Red Rock Country
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April 23rd, 2006 – by: mahoney
Took a taxi to the rental car location, the hotel offered to pay for the taxi since they do not have a shuttle service. Hertz gave me a new maroon Ford Freestyle SUV. Very roomy, easy to drive, although the rear window is small. Went back to the hotel to get the gear for the trip to Sedona, Arizona.
Took I-17 South to 89a which is Arizona's first officially designated scenic highway. This winding road through Oak Creek Canyon leads to Sedona. Oak Creek Canyon offers great scenic hiking, fishing, and access to wilderness areas.
Drove through downtown Sedona, filled with tourists on this beautiful Sunday. I headed towards the airport to get some photos overlooking the city. The first scenic outlook was filled to capacity, continued on up the mountain towards the airport. Not finding any suitable spot, I quickly pulled into a driveway to get the photos I wanted. I then headed back down the mountain to Red Red Loop Road.
I stopped several times along this route to take photos. It was not very heavily traveled and I found that I had plenty of time to set up the shots. The only trouble I had was the very high wind gusts. Not only did it cause some camera shake, it filled the canyons with dust. The road is paved most of the way, but after crossing Chavez Ranch Rd it became a dirt road for a few miles.
I stopped at the visitor's center, I don't know if it was the wrong one or not. The two men inside didn't even acknowledge me and it was very empty, maybe they are remodeling. I grabbed some brochures and sat in my SUV to peruse them. I found one from a tour company that offered a 3 hour tour to a ghost town and gold mine. I used my GPS on the notebook to find their location and stopped in.
Unfortunately, this is a special tour and they only do it when they have enough people signed up. As I am traveling by myself, and nobody else was waiting, I was not able to convince them to take me. Feeling a little uneasy with 2 bad encounters in a row, I headed North back to Flagstaff.
The sun was getting low in the West and the drive back through Oak Creek Canyon was very nice. The long shadows across the road added a dimension to the already winding road. back at the hotel, I edited the photos I shot today and updated the blog.
Tomorrow I have a scheduled tour to the Grand Canyon.
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