RELAX!!! Leave ALL of your...
Favorite thing: RELAX!!! Leave ALL of your troubles behind! Get lost in the beauty of the red rock, and the vortex that pulls you in for sheer relaxation! Shopping is a must, spas are a have to!!! Go hiking in Oak Creek, the West side is GORGEOUS!!! Then off for a mud bath and HOT shower to soothe those muscles.
Fondest memory: All of them. Each time I go it is a wonderful experience. Sedona seems to remove bad 'energy' from the body, leaving you feeling like a suit of armor was taken off. Listen to the running water and enjoy the crisp cool breezes that blow through the trees bringing the scent of peace and harmony.
The Prickly Pear Cactus
Favorite thing: When we were traveling in New Mexico, we were offered Prickly Pear Lemonade--it was delicious! We saw many prickly pear cacti in Arizona. You can find jellies, candy, syrup and juices made from the prickly pear cactus--even soaps and lotions!
This cactus can be found all over the Southwest in desert areas. There are 15 species of this plant. The particular species in my picture blossoms in tiny yellow flowers, but they bloom in other colors, as well.
There are some people who cook the branches of this cactus and eat it as a vegetable. The fruits are edible and have been a staple enjoyed by Native American people for centuries.
The wild boar which habitate the area around the Honanki ruins also love eating prickly pear cactus.Related to:
- Family Travel
The Agave Plant
Favorite thing: Agave Plants were scattered about the terrain near the Honanki ruins. These plants can live to be quite old. Agaves are considered to be succulents and at least 300 species have been discovered.
As we hiked to the ruins, our guide pointed out several Agave plants along the way. He said that at the end of their life, these plants shoot up a stalk of flowers.
They're useful for a few reasons: The Blue Agave plant is used to make tequila. Also, these plants were used by Native Americans for fiber and to produce a fermented beverage called pulque.Related to:
- Family Travel
The Alligator Bark Juniper
Favorite thing: As we walked to the Honanki ruins outside of Sedona, our guide pointed out this alligator bark juniper.
We were told it was approximately 800-1200 years old. It was located near a dry creek bed, where at one time a stream must have run.
I've never seen anything like this tree before, so I thought it would be an interesting thing to include.Related to:
- Family Travel
The Elusive Roadrunner
Favorite thing: While in Sedona we booked a jeep tour of some ancient ruins and saw a blur crossing the road in front of us. It was a speedy roadrunner! If you click on the picture, you'll see it from the back with it's tail up--a typical pose for this fast little guy.
Roadrunners can reach a speed of 17 miles per hour--I can attest to that! Some further statistics: they weigh between 8-24 ounces, grow to a length of 20-24 inches and to a height of 10-12 inches.
It's the state bird of New Mexico, but they can be found all throughout the Southwest. They enjoy a meal of insects, lizards and even rattlesnakes. Brave little birds!!Related to:
- National/State Park
- Family Travel
Budweiser - King of all Beers?
Favorite thing: Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In America it wasn’t really that hard to find the brand we liked, it was clearly Budweiser, popularly referred to as Bud.
Budweiser is a lager made with a proportion of rice as a substitute adjunct for barley malt. This immedaitely shows the problem for selling it in Europe as traditional brewers serve beer with only the four main ingredients (water, hops, wheat and barley). So Budweiser is not produced accoring to the German "Reinheitsgebot". But we found out that it didn’t taste distinctively different.
The Budweiser bottle is a rather familiar icon to most Americans. The bottle has remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1876. We liked it, but the fraze “King of all Beers” is a bid of an overstatement!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
Will the Real Sedona Please Stand Up?
Fondest memory: When we arrived in Sedona, we were not prepared for the crass commercialism, having to dodge timeshare salesmen, and the general attitude of "who cares? the next tourist is coming along". I had been prepared for the fact that Sedona would be touristy, but this place in my mind, was much worse than the Grand Canyon. Maybe because it isn't a National Monument.
For example, upon turning on the tv at our inn, we saw a "information channel". Eager to find out more about the area, we soon discovered the programming was a never-ending loop of commercials for the local Sedona businesses. We splurged on a nice B and B, where we ended up feeling like another number, and where some of the more obviously wealthier clientele just stared at us. That place was a mistake. Already disappointed on our first day there, I wanted to know where are the "real people" of Sedona lived. Our guide to the Hopi Mesas told me that most of them live in Cottonwood, about 1/2 an hour away. "How can normal people afford to live here?" I asked him. "Oh, there's trailer courts here" he answered cheerfully.
All I can say is, be forewarned, and try to get all that you can out of this astonishingly beautiful area. Get to know the REAL Sedona. I recommend staying in or near the village of Oak Creek, where you don't have to fight the traffic nearly as much, and the crowds are somewhat thinner, and where it's less commercial. Get out into the red rocks and explore and hike. Go see the "off the beaten path" sites like the Palatki ruins. Try to absorb as much nature as possible, before the next tourist comes along.
Favorite thing: Some people say if you have a limited time in Arizona to miss out Sedona. I personally think it is a must, there are certain parts that you should spend little time in, such as the very touristy centre but Sedona has a whole range of beautiful walks. Although the touristy centre is extremely touristy I don't think it is that over priced.
The temperature range in Sedona will vary greatly, apparently it is a great place to go to cool down from Phoenix in Summer. On average it is about 20 F lower than Phoenix due to its level above sea level.
There are plenty of walks and places that you can go 4WD (alternatively you could go on a 4WD tour in a Pink jeep). Sedona is famous for its vortexes and the art galleries.
We went on some very nice walks around the bell rock and to devils bridge. Along the river at muddslide park.
A red rock pass to park your car costs $20 a year butdail passes are available too.Related to:
- Road Trip
Unfortunately, we had only one...
Favorite thing: Unfortunately, we had only one afternoon to spend in Sedona so we went hiking. But there are plenty of activities available: horseback riding, jeep tours, helicopter rides to name a few. I would like go back and see some more of Sedona!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Before You Come To Sedona
Favorite thing: Check out SedonaCam.com or SedonaUSA.com or SedonaWeather.com
Fondest memory: The sights from SedonaCam.com are phenomenal!Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Get outside and explore
Favorite thing: Sedona's climate is perfect for year round outdoor activity. And with views like this, its a shame to stay inside, unless you're spending the day at a spa.
Our gang in Sedona. Thats me...
Favorite thing: Our gang in Sedona. Thats me on the left with my daughter Sammi. Then our friends Kevin and Anne, and then my husband Steve and our son Rod
How about these chocolate...
Favorite thing: How about these chocolate apples in the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Main St. Sedona.
Fondest memory: Be careful in this shop.. you could really hurt your figure.
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