“God created the Grand Canyon but He lives in Sedona.”

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“God created the Grand Canyon but He lives in Sedona.” You can find this quote here.

This was our 2nd trip to Sedona. We spent 3 days here 2 years ago. This time we spent a quick afternoon. We spent some time walking around at Red Rock State Park.  All of the above were taken there with my Nikon D7100 camera and my wide-angle lens. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon and the park area was packed with people.

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These were taken with my Iphone camera,  through the windshield. We were going to stop and have a snack in the main town area but it was packed and parking was scarce so we kept going on our way to Flagstaff.

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We drove through Oak Creek Canyon on our way to Flagstaff and stopped for a walk around the Oak Creek Vista Point. We could not have asked for a more perfect day.

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Jeep tour in Sedona – Skywatch Friday

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The famous pink jeeps in Sedona. We were too tired from hiking so we took an afternoon tour. We had a driver that took us up into the mountains around the area.

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The view leaving downtown Sedona from the jeep.

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The locals have named all of the rock formations. This one was called Snoopy rock since it looks like Snoopy laying on top of his dog house.

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The one on the right is called Eagle since it looks like an eagle with its wings spread out.

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The carousel.

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The “cow patties” from close to the top of the mountain.

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Holiday Road – this is the view in the scene in the movie Vacation where Chevy Chase is trying to decide what to do with dead Aunt Edna (If you’re a fan of the movie, you know what scene I’m talking about. Never saw it? You have to rent it). To the left, in the middle of the mountain, you can see the dirt road winding through the mountain. We took that road up. Only four-wheel drives allowed. It was a very bumpy trip.

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The driver took this shot of us. Apparently, it’s the “standard” picture to get while you’re up there.

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Another shot of the road frequently traveled. Lots of jeeps out but it was way too much fun to pass up. Totally worth it for the two hour tour.

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On the way back to the tour place, I could just barely see the moon coming up over the red rock on the right. Perfect way to end the trip in Arizona.

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Blooming in Sedona

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Cactus outside our rental house.

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We had honeysuckle bushes at our rental house. I haven’t smelled honeysuckle bushes since we left Atlanta 11 years ago. Do they not grow in Florida? I just realized I hadn’t seen any where we live now. I miss that smell.

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Flowering cactus.

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More cactus.

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The golf course at Seven Canyons was full of these flowers. They lined most of the fairways.

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Prickly pear.

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Agave plant. I would love to have these in my backyard. I’ve never seen one in Florida though.

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More cactus.

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Flowers on the golf course.

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Agave plant up close.

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I found this on the golf course. It’s probably a weed but I thought it was cool.

So many great plants considering we hardly saw any grass. The golf course where we stayed had beautiful plants all around. One morning Beth and I rode the golf carts with the guys and watched them play golf. It was a beautiful relaxing morning. Although at every stop I would jump out of the cart and run around and take pictures.  We saw a lot of agave plants on our jeep tour through the red rocks of Sedona. More on that later.

A view of Sedona – Skywatch Friday

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On the way to our rental house in Sedona.

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The view from the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

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You can just barely see the moon coming up on the right of the two fingers.

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The Chapel of the Holy Cross. It was build right into the side of the rock.

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The view of Sedona taken from the airport.

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The road back down from the airport. Taken in the car. Sedona has a small private airport but you can drive up to it and walk around outside.

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One night we drove down to Cottonwood which was about 30 minutes south of Sedona for dinner. We could see the smoke coming from the big wildfires in Prescott nearby.

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The view from the golf course at Seven Canyons Resort.

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A panorama taken with my Iphone while sitting on the golf cart waiting for hubby to tee off. The view from every hole was amazing. I’m not a golfer but it was perfect morning to ride along in the cart.

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Another hole at the golf course. One of the few places we saw water. Sedona was having a drought and the short rainy season didn’t start until July. Every creek was dried up.

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Last shot of the day.

“God created the Grand Canyon but lives in Sedona”. I had read that somewhere there. Coming from flat Florida, the rock formations were amazing.  They were everywhere. And looked different from every angle. The big things to do in Sedona are hiking, camping, golfing or spa stuff. We didn’t do a lot of long hikes since we were still tired from hiking in the Grand Canyon. I did get a little tired of being dusty all the time.  Since there was a drought, dirt swirled around everywhere we went. The only grass I saw was on the golf course. It’s weird seeing all dirt in people’s yards. Although, hubby said it’s really no different from always being sweaty all of the time in Florida. Which is what we did as soon as we stepped out of the airport back home. Unloading the luggage at 11pm and I was already sweaty.

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