Trucks and cars at a standstill
on AZ interstate
Joel (in the hat of course) talking with a traveler
As we left the Interstate for Sedona, we could see all the beautiful red rock mountains, boulders, and foothills that made this place famous. We stopped at an information center and looked at their displays and when we were leaving, a man behind the counter asked if we wanted a map of the area. He asked us where we were from, and when we said Iowa, he told us he was originally from Minnesota. When we asked him where, he said Fergus Falls. I said, "That's where Joel is from"! Turns out he had graduated with Joel's brother Doug and knew him. He still returns to the class reunions, and visited with Doug while there. It really is a small world.
Driving to Sedona
Red Rocks of Sedona
Chapel in the Rock
Outside of the chapel
Sedona Red Rocks
A McMansion built in the rocks of Sedona
There were many tourist places to shop and we did stop at Tiaquepaque, an upscale arts and crafts village that also had within it's streets a mission church, but mostly we were really not interested in shopping so we moved on to spend our time looking at the landscapes. A wonderful work of art by our Creator.
Mission in Sedona at Tiaquepaque
I do all the hotel bookings, so I decided to surprise Joel with a small villa like place to stay called Las Posadas. It was an adobe style place, with a kitchen, living, and bedroom area. Nice two-sided fireplace and the smallest TV's I have ever seen. Maybe 15 inches. We could open the floor to ceiling windows and take in the fresh night air which was nice. And we ate a Mexican breakfast fixed and served by a lovely woman the next morning. It was yet another adventure :-),
Las PosadasThe next morning we left for Santa Fe. It was recommended that we take the back highway to Flagstaff so we did. Amazing.......scary at times.......so glad we did it! There were a couple of times where I said out loud, "Thank you Jesus that this is not our day to die". After it came out of my mouth twice, Joel told me to STOP saying it. It seemed he was stressed enough trying to drive the windy road.....So, I did....and praised God instead for the beauty He was letting us experience!
A view from the top where we stopped and walked around
Some where down there is the road we
Side of the road as we drove up the mountain