What a great weekend we just had in Sedona! To get there and back we used just over 1/2 tank of gas in our Honda Oddessy family van, which was helped by the trip being almost 100% downhill on the way back. Ahhhh. First, we got settled into our room at the Sedona Summit resort and stood outside and took about 15 minutes to fill our lungs with the fresh Sedona air.
Next, we planned our day one, which for my wife and daughter was shopping at the fun shopping district and for myself and my son was hiking up Oak Creek from our resort along a narrow and seldomly used trail right behind the shopping areas, but down along Oak Creek. All of us enjoyed our 4 hours. My son was especially excited to find a walking stick just perfect for him and I was excited to find one just right for me. We took them home.
Oak Creek was running very high due to the snow runnoff and we actually saw kayakers who entered the creek just below slide rock and exited the creek just under the main bridge in town, about 5 miles away. They had a blast and said they can do this during a 2 week window when the water is high enough.
The next day, after a really great breakfast at the Coffee Pot restaurant, home of 101 omelletes, we spent the afternoon at Red Rock crossing, which is a State Park behind my favorite rock formation of them all, Cathedral rock. It cost us $10 to enter the park for our family, yet the experience was worth a million. With Oak Creek running briskly before us, we took a modest 1 mile hike along the creek and made rock towers to go along with hundreds of rock towers made by other hikers. We settled down for a nice picnic along the creek and sat on the smooth red rocks. My wife, read a book and slept. Me and the kids took off our shoes and put our bare feet in the FRIGID water and it felt nice for about 10 seconds! We also watched silently as a duck floated down the creek past us and a Blue Heron walked down the creek very slowly, looking for fish and food to eat.
Every time we go to Sedona, our goal is to discover new things and we did. We discovered many blooming Peach Trees in their pink glory and we discovered a new, wonderful ice cream parlor which had great homeade ice cream on a waffle cone for the paltry price of $4 a cone, but it was really good. Although we didn’t sit in any vortexes this trip, which we usually do, we definately felt energized by just being in this beautiful part of Sedona and can’t wait to go back. A must visit after leaving Vacation Home Rentals in Phoenix.