Great End to a Great Trip!
Hey guys! Sorry it has taken so long to finish this last one – been CRAZY busy since we got back! But we LOVED Sedona and if you have been there, you get it. It is such a beautiful place with a great hiking scene and artsy vibe.
It took us about 3 hours to get to Sedona. Since we had never been there, we decided to hit the information center right in town to get a feel of all the things we wanted to do. We had an idea of what we wanted to hike/see but we didn’t have the timing planned out. So we sat down for lunch and planned out our trip over some Margaritas. Once we walked around a little, we decided to start at the Red Rock State Park. It was a really easy 4 mile hike (not really any elevation) but it was nice not having much of a tough hike knowing that we were going to have a few more. One great thing that happened when we were at the park is that we saw a snake! It is not that big of a deal but it was about 4 feet long and I think they are super cool while Cameron hates them.
We checked into our hotel, freshened up and went to the Crescent Moon Ranch to watch the sunset. We had to walk through the creek to get the best shot (the things we do for photography) but it was such a beautiful sight. The sun hit the rocks and the more it set, the more the rocks changed color, which was a beautiful sight to see.
The hike we decided to do on Saturday was the Devils Bridge. We wanted to start early in the morning because the temperature was going to get above the 90 degree mark and we did not want to hike in that hot of temperature. It is about a 4 mile hike from the lower parking lot and a little strenuous. We had to do a little rock climbing towards the top of the canyon but it took us to a rock bridge (hence the name) that was awesome to walk across. After getting a few photos, we decided to go a little off trail and see what the view was like from below. Definitely a cool view to see! If you do hike this trail, try and find the bottom looking up. Most people don’t do it so it is a quite spot and a great angle. We hit a tavern in town after to get some lunch and cool down.
While eating we decided that since we had been doing so much hiking on this trip, we wanted to do something more relaxing. A winery was just the thing we needed. Page Springs Cellars was the perfect place to take a seat, taste a few flights and eat a cheese board. Spending a few hours there while the sun was setting made it a perfect evening. On top of that, we got to see some owls, which I have never seen except in a zoo. To make the evening even better, we woke up at 1:00am to go take photos of the stars. After driving about 20 minutes out of the city to get away from lights, you could actually see the Milky Way. It was amazing to see in person and not just in a photo (although we did get those too)!
On our last day, Earth Day to make it even better, we hiked the Boynton Canyon trail. It was a short hike, which was good since we had to drive back to the airport that day. We ran into a hiking group while we were out on the trail, which was very convenient since the leader knew where all the Indian ruins were at (which was the main reason we picked this hike). So we took a VERY small, unmarked and rough trail up to the top of a canyon where there were Indian ruins. It was awesome to be right in the ruins! We were surprised by how much was preserved after so many years.
Overall, we had such an amazing trip hiking and visiting new places! We saw so many things but it was at a slower pace than our last trip to Iceland, which was a nice change. Thank you so much for following along on our trip- we hope you enjoyed from afar! Stay tuned – the next trip will be coming up in a few weeks!
-C & K