POSTCARD: Greetings from Sedona, AZ

by jenjenk on June 6, 2010

Dear [whatever the heck your name is]:

June. In Arizona. What was I thinking? I was lucky that it was early June so while the weather was warm it was actually very comfortable! I had the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful dinner out on the patio served by Hilton’s Chef Stephen Crossett: a trio of Bison over Sweet Potatoes with a splash of molasses, Lobster Tamales, and Seared Ahi Tuna with Chili Quinoa. I really wish I had some more right now. 

 

I had a lot of preconceived ideas of what Sedona would be like: red rocks, fire-like sunsets,  new age-y stores, and a wealth of artistic talents.  I was right on all counts but what I didn’t expect was the stunning views.  To get a better vantage point of Sedona, I joined the Pink Jeep Tours based in Uptown Sedona.  Pink Jeep Tours is celebrating their 50th year in business.  With a fleet of 65 jeeps, their business was certainly brisk! 

On our tour, I tried so desperately to capture the stunning views but I’m just a craptastic photographer.  Well, that and the fact that the ride was crazy! We climbed up hills, rode down declines that I thought would cause us to tip over.  It was explained to me that each jeep was retrofitted with $15,000 worth of upgraded suspension [that did not preventing me from screaming or calling out for my mommy at one point].

During one of our 2 stop offs, I did manage to get some photos of the flora/fauna in Sedona…

It’s amazing how the desert flora/fauna just pops against the color of the red rock. Incidentally, in case you were wondering the redness in the rock is caused by iron deposits [iron turns to rust].  What was really interesting was seeing petrified rain:

See the lighter color/white dots on the red rock? That’s the petrified rain.  Still scratching my head over how they actually KNOW that its rain but I’ll just take their word for it.

Wish you were here to enjoy this view!

Love,

Jen


Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa
90 Ridge Trail Drive
Sedona, AZ 86351
928.284.4040

Pink Jeep Tours
204 N State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
800.873.3662

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Nancy June 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Hi Jen,

Craptastic??? LOL!! I am going to have to borrow that term – I love it!!! And as for the photos – I love them too. Spent a week or so in Sedona a few years ago and loved it and you are absolutely right about the views, they are breathtaking!! Thanks for helping me remember a wonderful trip!!!

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Jen June 8, 2010 at 2:52 am

oops! forgot to employ my filter! :) but it's so fitting!! i must use it when appropriate!

is it my imagination or was there really not a bad view in Sedona???

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Nancy June 9, 2010 at 4:39 am

Hi Jen,

Definitely NOT your imagination!! We stayed in a small A frame at The Quail Ridge Resort in Sedona – perfect for a couple with two young children – the views from the b-b-q/table area were absolutely breathtaking. My husband and I just sat there grilling up some fajitas and drinking some good wine and thought "this is definitely THE life!".
One of these days we are going to get back there!!

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