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Jun/10

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A Summer Trip to Sedona

A Summer Trip to Sedona

June 6, 2010

Today we headed North to Sedona again. It was a hot, beautiful day. It was due to be about 110 in Mesa, so we decided to head for the high country in hopes of finding cooler weather. Our plan was to find a new RV Park to move to the following weekend. We did find a nice park in Camp Verde, but ultimately decided even Camp Verde would be too hot in the Summer.

Sedona, AZ from the West

After checking out several RV Parks in Camp Verde we drove to Cottonwood to see a couple more. Then we drove to Sedona via Hwy 89A, which approaches from the South and then turns East. Normally we come up Hwy 179 which comes in from the Southeast.

Cathedral Rocks and Clouds

Next we went for a beautiful drive down to Oak Creek along the Red Rock Loop. Here is a photo of Cathedral Rocks and some pretty clouds in the distance.

Cathedral Rocks, Sedona, AZ

Here is a closer shot of Cathedral Rocks.

Cathedral Rocks & Yucca in Bloom, Sedona, AZ

Another view of Cathedral Rocks, some Pinyon Trees and a Yucca plant in bloom.

Cathedral Rocks & Pinyon Pine

Courthouse Butte and Cathedral Rocks in the distance, framed by a Pinyon Pine.

Courthouse & Cathedral Rocks, Sedona, AZ

Another view of Courthouse Butte and Cathedral Rocks in the distance.

Sedona, AZ from the Airport Mesa

Beautiful red rocks and clouds from the Airport Mesa.

Panoramic View of Sedona from Airport Mesa

A wide (12×40) panoramic view of Sedona from Airport Mesa.

Bell Rock, Sedona, AZ

Bell Rock near Sunset. One of my favorite places and times to visit.

Courthouse & Bell Rock, Sedona, AZ

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock.

Four Spires, Sedona, AZ

I’m sure this formation has a name, but I’m not sure what it is.

Scenic Bell Rock

To me, this is the definition of scenic view. Another great trip to Sedona.

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May/10

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Another Trip to Sedona

Another Trip to Sedona

Sedona, AZ – April 25, 2010

Today we headed North to Sedona, AZ to celebrate my birthday. We left a bit early, which was a good thing because we ran into a lot of construction traffic along the way. We arrived in Sedona a few minutes late, but were welcomed by these beautiful rocks and dear friends.

Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte in Sedona, AZ
Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte in Sedona, AZ

Beautiful Bell Rock, one of my favorite Sedona Vortex hikes
Beautiful Bell Rock, one of my favorite Sedona Vortex hikes

Another view of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte
Another view of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte

Several friends joined us for a delicious lunch at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants anywhere, the Javelina Cantina, in the Hillside Mall in Sedona.

Boynton Canyon, Sedona, AZ
Boynton Canyon, Sedona, AZ

After lunch my dear friends Joyce and Roger and I went for a hike in Boynton Canyon. Here is a map of our excursion. 1 – Bell Rock, 2 – Javelina Cantina, 3 – Boynton Canyon

Along the trail in Boynton Canyon
Along the trail in Boynton Canyon

A pretty flower along the trail in Boynton Canyon
A pretty flower along the trail in Boynton Canyon

A Juniper tree along the trail in Boynton Canyon
A Juniper tree along the trail in Boynton Canyon

Along the trail in Boynton Canyon 2
Along the trail in Boynton Canyon 2

Along the trail in Boynton Canyon 3
Along the trail in Boynton Canyon 3

Along the trail in Boynton Canyon 4
Along the trail in Boynton Canyon 4

Tortilla Flat River Crossing
Along the trail in Boynton Canyon 5

Along the trail in Boynton Canyon 5
Finally at the Boynton Canyon view point.

The photographer and his dog at the Boynton Canyon vortex
The photographer and his dog at the Boynton Canyon vortex

Cairns at the Boynton Canyon Vortex
Cairns at the Boynton Canyon Vortex

Boynton Canyon View<
Boynton Canyon View

Friends at the Boynton Canyon view point
Friends at the Boynton Canyon view point

Along the trail back
Along the trail back

Cactus and flowers along the trail back
Cactus and flowers along the trail back

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Superstition Mountains

Apache Junction, AZ – March 14, 2010

Today we headed North East of Mesa, Az. This is our 6th Winter in Mesa. It was good to get out of town for a few hours.

Superstition Mountains Roadside Marker in Apache Junction, AZ
Superstition Mountains Roadside Marker in Apache Junction, AZ

We started our trip from Apache Junction and headed out on Rte. 88. A few miles up the road we stopped at a roadside gallery run by some Native Americans and checked out their beautiful hand crafted art.

Superstition Mountains
Superstition Mountains

Although not a large range of mountains, more like a large outcropping, the Superstition Mountains are impressive for their ruggedness.

Along the road
Somewhere Along the Road

Here is a map of our excursion. These photos were taken near marker 2.

Along the road 2
Along the Road 2

Along the road 3
Along the Road 3

Along the road 4
Along the Road 4

Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake

This beautiful lake has many long arms, extending for miles and miles. We have taken a steamboat ride here several times.

Canyon Lake 2
Canyon Lake 2

Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat

This little town has a rather colorful history and is a common destination for bikers and people like us – just out for a Sunday drive.

Click here to see a map

Tortilla Flat Museum
Tortilla Flat Museum

Tortilla Flat River Crossing
Tortilla Flat River Crossing

This road is often flooded, and sometimes impassible, but crossed never-the-less.

Tortilla Flat Mail Box
Tortilla Flat Mail Box

I thought this Pony Express Mail Drop was very interesting and colorful.

Tortilla Flat History
Tortilla Flat History

This history on the other side of the mail box, which lists all the owners of the Tortilla Flat, is very interesting. Apparently there was a major fire in 1926 and the first Post office was built in 1927.

Lost Dutchman State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park

This state park is a good place to hike in the area.

Lost Dutchman State Park 2
Lost Dutchman State Park 2

Superstition Mountains Museum
Superstition Mountains Museum

Although we arrived after closing time, this appears to be a great museum.

Superstition Mountains Museum 2
Superstition Mountains Museum 2

Superstition Mountains Museum 3
Superstition Mountains Museum 3

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