We drove from Texas to Arizona on November 19 and 20, 2004. The total drive time is about 20 hours, of which the first 12 hours or so is just getting through Texas. While enroute, we spent a few hours for a catnap at the tourist information booth on the New Mexico and Arizona border. We finally arrived in the Sedona area around noon on Sunday.
We stayed at the Ridge Golf Resort in Oak Creek Village, which is located just a few miles south of Sedona on Hwy 179. The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing and included unpacking the van, taking the kids swimming, and taking a nap.
On Monday it rained, so Tom took the kids to the movies. We first saw Sponge Bob Square Pants, and then took in The Incredibles. On Tuesday morning, Tom took the kids to do arts and crafts with the resort staff artist. The kids painted little totem poles. The rest of the week was spent being tourists. We went to Slide Rock State Park, Airport Mesa, Sinagua Mall, and the Outlet Mall. We went out to eat with Greg's family at Steak-n-Stix restaurant. We also took the tour of the Christmas Lights at the Los Abrogados resort.
On Thanksgiving Day we drove to Clarkdale to have turkey dinner at my folks house. Besides Ernie and Mary Beth at the dinner table, there was Greg and his family, along with my family. We had the best of turkey, mashed potatos, sweet potatos, green beans, pumpkin pie, etc.
One day we went hiking around Slide Rock State Park. It is a very scenic area featuring a natural water slide, which was created by erosion of the rock and then a natural layer of algae or some other slick fungus adhering to the surface of the slide. We took several scenic pix... click on the links below to view them.
Family photo closeup at Slide Rock. Family photo not so closeup. Jeremy and Katie Beth at Slide Rock. Jeremy and Katie Beth rock hopping. Jeremy sitting on a big rock.
One day we were shopping around in Sinagua Mall in Uptown Sedona and I was getting bored silly. I stopped by a T-shirt shop and saw some clever T-shirt designs. I was too cheap to buy any, but I did take a few photos to preserve the memories. Click on the links below to view them.
BEWARE: Lizard Dropping Bad Ass Tribe Feel the SUN on your cheeks
One day we went hiking north of the Sedona Summit Resort. There was a short nature hike on a trail in which various trees, shrubs, and cacti were identified by signs. While on this nature hike, I shot a few landscape pix, and then used software to merge them all together into a big panorama view. This file is about 2.7 Megabytes in size, so if you are using a 56K modem, don't bother to look at it, because it will take you a painfully loooooong time to download it. If you have a high speed broadband connection, and you want to see a photo of the Sedona landscape, then feel free to click on the links below. Depending upon your browser capabilities and display screen resolution, the first link should open the panorama image in a full size 7303x1318 pixel window, which you can scroll across by dragging the windows title bar, while the second link should open the image as a reduced size image in the default browser window, which you may use your browser options to increase the image size.
7303 x 1318 pixel window of Sedona Panorama looking North to East - 2.7MB
Default browser window of Sedona Panorama looking North to East - 2.7MB