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Sedona Day 3: Canyon by Air

Early to bed usually means early to rise and we were up fairly early the next morning for our road trip to the Grand Canyon. We drove through Oak Creek Canyon, a beautiful, winding drive through the mountains, with snow and ice on the ground in many places. We stopped just outside the park at an air facility so that we could board our helicopter for the flight through the Canyon.

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There were eight of us plus the pilot onboard and they seated us according to weight distribution. Alex and I were in the back behind the pilot.

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We flew out over the treetops until we could see the Canyon peaking out then flew through it for some spectacular scenery.

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We reached terra firma again and I wanted to drive to the Canyon rim itself for a ground level view. We stopped off at one of the first viewpoints in the park.

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I would have liked to walk along the rim trail for a bit but Alex was pretty cold so we decided to drive instead. We stopped off at the General Store where I bought my usual Christmas ornament and a t-shirt then drove a few miles to the Bright Angel trailhead. I got out and took some pics from the top of the very steep, very icy trail. This is the same trail that people use to ride mules down into the canyon floor which is something I've always wanted to do in theory. Reality took care of that for me!

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Before leaving the park completely, we had a picnic with the leftover burritos from the night before. They were surprisingly good leftover and cold! On the way back to Sedona we stopped off in Flagstaff at a few stores for Alex then headed back to relax for a while before our dinner reservations.

Dinner that night was at Mariposa, a beautifully lit restaurant high up on a hill just outside of town. We started off with the scallops and mussels with white wine, garlic, and chorizo.

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For our meals, I had steak with chimichurri sauce and a side of au gratin potatoes.

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Alex had the fish of the day.

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The food was incredible, especially the broth the mussels were in. Alex raved so much about it to the waiter that he got himself invited back to the kitchen. It was late when dinner was done so we returned to our cabin and called it a night.

Posted by zihuatcat 22:40 Archived in USA Tagged arizona sedona alex Comments (0)

Sedona Days 1-2: Canyon by Land

After almost a year of dealing with the COVID pandemic, this trip was my first time back on a plane in a year and a half. And this time it would be with my new boyfriend, Alex. Milestones!

We left Dallas on a morning flight and arrived in Phoenix at 1030a local time. After picking up the rental car and stopping off for a snack, we made the roughly two hour drive north to Sedona. The closer we got to Sedona, the more beautiful the scenery and then we got our first glimpses of the red rocks this area is known for. We arrived at our cabin which was only a couple of blocks off a main roundabout in town.

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It was over for Alex as soon as he sat down on the couch. He was immediately asleep (I had slept the entire flight). While he napped, I went to the grocery to get a few supplies and picked up a pizza from Famous Pizza.

After going to bed early, we woke up the next morning much more rested and ready for the day. We picked up our Jeep rental from Red Rock Rubicon which came fully equipped with trail maps already programmed into the GPS. All we had to do was select one and set off. We spent the next few hours in 4WD on the trails, alternating who got to drive.

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We had our fill of bouncing all over the Jeep so we hit the concrete to Cottonwood, a small town about 20 miles away. Alex wanted to drop in a few stores there for work and it was supposed to be a pretty drive. We stopped at a gas station on the way to get a drink and he got some dining recommendations from a cop stopped there as well. After we did our shopping, we tried out one of his recommendations which was burritos at BombAZ Grill.

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They were big enough that we saved half to eat later. We returned to Sedona and dropped off our Jeep. I was sad to see it go. Every time I go on vacation and rent a Jeep I decide I want to buy one at home. I never do though. We'd worn ourselves out driving all day so we spent the rest of evening watching some TV and relaxing.

Posted by zihuatcat 22:37 Archived in USA Tagged arizona sedona alex Comments (0)

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