RED ROCK CANYON ON STERIODS
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November 9th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
YAY WE ARE IN SEDONA!!!!!
We drove into the visitor information center. It was already 3pm. we only had 2 hrs to see the beautiful landscape. We look some photos of the panoramic view from the visitor center. I have not been here since I was 12. I vaguely remember the coming here. Brett reminded us that we needed to drive to cathedral rock to check out the view. We made a stop at a scenic point to take photos of rock formations.
We hiked to a very nice lookout point at cathedral rock. Where we took photos and hung out. I enjoyed the view and the colors. I did my “oooohm” pose of course. I am so glad o wore my sneakers. I knew the weather was going to be cold. I was so nice to walk around.
Then we drove through the art district of Sedona. I have never been here. It has been a growing town since the 80s. I love the fact that there are round-a-abouts instead of traffic lights. It is an east coast thing unfortunately most west coast people don't know how to yield and they are "one way" signs everywhere. whrereas in the east coast you don't need "one way" signs. After saying all that, i kept on driving over the curves HAHAHHAHAHA am driving a freaking dodge magnum, It is a long as a small boat.
They have added buildings that I have never seen before. There was so much road construction. It was very sad to see that. it was getting dark and we all wanted to see more of RED ROCK COUNTRY” it started to rain too.
MORE TO ADD AS I REMEMBER, MORE FROM ERIN’S BLOG AND BRETT’S BLOG.
OFF TO FLAGSTAFF……
HISTORY OF SEDONA
Sedona is a city and community that straddles the county line between Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region of the U.
Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone �" whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful.
The McDonald's in Sedona, Arizona is the only one in the world with turquoise arches. They are not yellow because the city thought they would mesh poorly with the surrounding red rocks.
Sedona's main attraction is its stunning array of red sandstone formations, the Red Rocks of Sedona. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The Red Rocks form a breathtaking backdrop for everything from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Sedona is named after Sedona Miller Schnebly (1877�"1950), the wife of the city's first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness.
The famous red rocks of Sedona are formed by a layer of rock known as the Schnebly Hill Formation. The Schnebly Hill Formation is a thick layer of red to orange-colored sandstone found only in the Sedona vicinity. The sandstone, a member of the Supai Group, was deposited during the Permian period.
Among the rock formations is one that closely resembles the character Snoopy (from the popular Peanuts comic strip) lying on top of his doghouse. Another nearby rock is said to resemble Lucy, also from Peanuts. Other landmark rock formations include Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Chimney Rock, Courthouse Butte, the Mittens, the Cow Pies, and the Rabbit Ears.
According to the Yavapai Native Americans, their ancestors were the first people of Sedona, descendants of "The First Lady," daughter of the Lady of the Pearl. The Yavapai Creation Story recounts how The Lady of the Pearl was sealed in a log with the Woodpecker and sent from Montezuma Well at the beginning of a Great Flood. For days and nights to follow, it rained incessantly and flood waters rose to cover every land form on earth.
The Yavapai-Apache tribe were forcefully removed from the Verde Valley in 1876, to the San Carlos Indian Reservation, 180 miles southeast. 1500 people were marched, in midwinter, to San Carlos. Several hundred lost their lives. The survivors were interned for 25 years.
The McDonald's in Sedona, Arizona is the only one in the world with turquoise arches. They are not yellow because the city thought they would mesh poorly with the surrounding red rocks. The first color McDonalds offered was turquoise which the city accepted.
The first Anglo settler moved into Oak Creek Canyon in 1879. The early settlers were farmers and ranchers. Oak Creek Canyon was well-known for its apple orchards. In 1902, when the Sedona post office was established, there were 55 residents. In the mid-1950s, the first telephone directory listed 155 names. Parts of the Sedona area weren't electrified until the 1960s.
Sedona began to develop as a tourist destination, vacation-home and retirement center in the 1950s.
Politically, Uptown Sedona (the part in Coconino County) and West Sedona (the Yavapai County portion) form the City of Sedona. Originally founded in 1902, the town was incorporated into a city in January 1988. The Village of Oak Creek, despite its location seven miles (11 km) to the south and outside Sedona city limits, is a significant part of the community.
Many of Hollywood's classic westerns were filmed in or near Sedona. The red rock buttes and desert landscape provided a striking setting for these films, most notably Broken Arrow (1950), starring James Stewart. A number of the movie's shooting locations can still be visited via off-road trails.
An intricate chase scene in the Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin comedy Midnight Run was filmed on the trails surrounding Sedona.
The Brins fire of 2006
On June 18, 2006, a wildfire, reportedly started by campers, began about one mile (1.6 km) north of Sedona. The so-called "Brins Fire" covered 4,317 acres (17 km2) on Brins Mesa, Wilson Mountain and in Oak Creek Canyon before the USDA Forest Service declared it 100% contained as of 6 p.m. on June 28. Containment cost was estimated at $6,400,000.
Arts and special events
There are several events that are hosted annually in the Sedona area, including:
* Sedona International Film Festival
* Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival
* Sedona Marathon
* Sedona Miracle Annual Charity Fundraiser
Sedona is home to several notable arts organizations in Northern Arizona.
* The Sedona Arts Center, founded in 1958, is the oldest arts center in northern Arizona.
* The Sedona Jazz on the Rocks festival, founded in 1982, takes place annually at Radisson Poco Diablo Resort and other locations over four days in September.
* Chamber Music Sedona sponsors a chamber music program annually from October to May. 2007-2008 is the 25th anniversary season for this organization.
* Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop was established in 1995. The weeklong annual festival takes place in late February and early March at Harkins Theatres while supplemental events take place at area resorts. The festival also hosts monthly events.
* GumptionFest, established in 2006 by GumptionFest Artistic Support Foundation Executive Director Dylan Jung, is a grassroots, local art street festival takes place the first weekend of June.
* NORAZ Poets, founded in 2003, is a nonprofit poetry network based in Sedona.
Popular Culture References
* Sedona is mentioned in the Pixies song "Havalina" the last song on their album "Bossanova." The lyrics are: "Walking in the breeze On the plains of old Sedona / Arizona / Among the trees."
* The Electro group Dynamix II released a single by the name of Sedona.
* Aerosmith recorded a song called "Sedona Sunrise" released on their 2006 compilation Devil's Got a New Disguise. The lyrics and laidback tone of the song were apparently inspired by the songwriters' visit to Sedona.
* Inspired by the gorgeous rock formations surrounding the town, music composer Steven Reineke wrote a piece which he named "Sedona.
* In Jamie O'Neal's love ballad, "There Is No Arizona", Jamie belts out the name Sedona in the chorus, "There is no Arizona. No painted desert, no Sedona."
Notable current residents
* Maynard James Keenan
* Samaire Armstrong
* Michelle Branch Sedona native
* Ted Danson
* Justin Frankel Sedona native
* Stanley Jordan
* Diane Lane owns a second home in Sedona.
* Gerard Maguire
* U.S. Sen. John McCain, (R-Arizona) owns a ranch southwest of the city
* Al Pacino owns a second home in Sedona
* Debbie Reynolds owns a vacation home in Sedona
* Jane Russell
* Robert Shields
 Notable former residents
* Lucille Ball
* Joe Beeler lived and worked in Sedona, 1961-2006.
* Max Ernst lived in Sedona from 1948 to 1953 with his fourth wife, the artist Dorothea Tanning.
* James Gregory
* Ann Miller owned a Sedona vacation home
* Lois Moran
* Donald O'Connor
* Israel Regardie died in Sedona in 1985.
* Orson Welles
* Deborah Walley
* Mary Wills
* Sean Young lived in Sedona in the '90s
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