S: Arizona 2005
BC: "" Created with love by Cheryl Martin 2/2010.
FC: Our 25thAnnversary
1: For our 25th Anniversary we wanted to do something special, yet because my mom was very ill, not stray too far from home. We decided that visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the World would be just the thing. Neither of us had ever seen the Grand Canyon, so the choice was easy. We flew to Phoenix and drove to Sedona. We stayed in a timeshare on a golf course which was just down the road from town. Sedona is very unique and quite holistic. Pete claimed that the residents were " waiting for the "mothership." The stars at night were quite spectacular. This was in part due to the fact that there were no street lights, and signs were at about 60% brightness. The nightlife in Sedona was pretty mild. There were a few restaurants open at night and a small theater. Sedona's weather in October was just perfect. The natural scenery was quite beautiful. We spent a lot of time checking out the numerous local art galleries and shops. Other than Sedona's boring night life, the trip was quite enjoyable. Pete and I always love our getaways together... no matter how short or long.
2: Sedona Shopping
6: Grand Canyon
7: The Grand Canyon is carven deep by the master hand; it is the gulf of silence, widened in the desert; it is all time inscribing the naked rock; it is the book of earth. -Donald Culross Peattie
11: Pete freaked out. He was very nervous about me being near the edge and taking photos. Supposedly rangers at the Grand Canyon perform more rescues each year than any other park, including 300 helicopter evacuations a year. Many more are treated for exhaustion and dehydration, mostly because they come unprepared for the challenges of hiking in the dry hot canyon. It can be 20 degrees hotter in the canyon than at the rim. Many suffer more serious injuries, such as broken bones and heart attacks. You'd be surprised at how many deaths occur!
14: Twilight at the Canyon's rim
15: Once the sun set, the sky was pitch BLACK. Pete navigated strange roads with only our headlights and a few intermittent passing cars. We ran into a thunder storm in Flagsgaff on our way back to Sedona.
16: October 18, 2005 | We found a nice Italian restaurant close to our room. They took good care of us and even put a rose-petal heart on our table. They had a cozy fire going too so it was very romantic and we had a great meal.
17: 25 years | We are living "Happily Ever After"
19: The Beauty of Sedona | Just down the road before town there were awesome buttes. We took a little hike but since there are snakes in the area, we didn't venture too far on this particular day!
20: Chaple of the Holy Cross
21: The unique architecture and location of the Chapel of the Holy Cross are the inspirations of Marguerite Bruswig Staude, who went on a trip to New York City in 1932. She observed that a cross could be seen in the newly constructed Empire State Building when viewed from a certain angle, and was inspired to built a church based on that design. Staude kept an eye out all over Europe and the USA for the ideal location, and she was especially struck by the beauty of Sedona. She decided to build her chapel here, which would be "a monument to faith, but a spiritual fortress so charged with God, that it spurs man's spirit godward." The Chapel of the Holy Cross was completed in April 1956.
22: Verde Canyon Railroad
23: With my motion sickness patch in place, we headed to Cottonwood to catch the train. We had a great trip and had some good conversations about cruising and time-shares with other passengers. The highlight was an eagle sighting. After visiting Alaska and seeing all their eagles, it didn't compare. We visited a ghost town and had a GREAT ice cream cone afterwards.
25: Tuzigoot National Monument This is an ancient pueblo built by the Sinagua starting in around 1000A.D. It consists of 110 rooms which were contoured to the natural terrain. They faced east to take advantage of the sun and some had roofs and ventilation. There are limestone & sediment deposits from prior copper mining which stopped in the 1950's. Theodore Roosevelt declared this a national monument.
26: Cowboy Club I am NOT an adventurous eater but I had made up my mind to try a local specialty platter: Rattlesnake brochettes, Fried Prickley Pear & Buffalo brochettes We survived and it was actually pretty good but... Our favorite resaurant was Javelina's (Mexican). !!![
29: """Nature itself means nothing, says nothing except to the perceiving mind... Beauty is where it is perceived... you surely will see... if you are prepared to see it- if you look for it..." -Henry David Thoreau
30: In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir
31: "When we are with Nature we are awake, and we discover many interesting things and reach many a mark we are not aiming at." -John Muir
32: "Look deep, deep into nature
33: and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein
35: "" Everyone should take the time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
37: "How beautifully the leaves grow old. How full of light and color their last days -John Burroughs
38: Tlaquepaque (T'la key paki)
39: This was a charming artisan shopping complex. We found some fabulous art work and Pete bought me a green turquoise torsade that I fell in love with. We had a yummy Mexican lunch and finished off a terrific week.