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Beautiful Colors: Sedona & Grand Canyon Trip Report

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Our family: DH, DD(age 12) and I just got back from a week in Sedona with an overnight to the Grand Canyon. We had a great time and were able to pace ourselves and not come back tired. This is the first trip report I have ever written, so please be gentle.

Sunday, July 24:
We flew from Sacramento to Phoenix on Southwest Airlines. I had searched for months comparing car rental rates, so I finally booked with Fox. I was a bit apprehensive since their rate was SO much cheaper, but someone on this board had used them and was satisfied. They are off site of the airport, so extra taxes/charges don't apply. We took their shuttle, upgraded to a Jeep Cherokee and took off to Sedona.

Along the way we stopped at the Rock Springs Cafe for lunch. Very rustic place with pretty good food. Continued on to Montezuma's Castle. Very interesting. We spent about 1/2 hour since it was pretty hot. Eventhough it was about 100, which we are used to in Northern California, the humidity was a little more than we are used to. Arizona was just getting into their summer monsoon season with clouds coming in the afternoon.

We turned off I-17 onto Hwy. 179, heading north to Sedona. As we came over into the valley, what a site to behold. The red rocks are beautiful!! I never imagined how beautiful it would be. Truly a special place. We stayed in the Village of Oak Creek, just south of Sedona at the Bell Rock Inn. We had a special deal of $230 for the week. I was also apprehensive about this place too, since Trip Advisor had given good, fair & bad reviews. It turned out to be fine. Nothing fancy, but clean, quiet and with a pool. We lucked out too with a great room on the ground floor facing the pool. Very handy.

So, we did a little swimming to cool off. Later we headed to dinner at Javelina Cantina. My guide book says it is a chain, but we liked out dinners very much. It was rated #1 in Sedona for Mexican food.

Monday, July 25:

We were still stuffed from dinner, so we all skipped breakfast. We headed out to explore Sedona about 11. On the way we stopped at the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Amazing views. DD was disappointed that it wasn't all "fancy" like most Catholic churches. I explained that the church was simple as to not take away from the views and surroundings. The beauty comes from the outside. I really like the simplicity of the building, altar and candle stands. What we liked even more was the gift shop downstairs. Yes, we are shoppers. DD is already trained to shop for bargains. Unfortunately, Sedona is not the place to find deals.

We then moved on to Sedona, stopping at the Visitor Center. They were very helpful and we purchased the Super Pass book for $10. We moved up the street to have some lunch. Yes, Sedona is very touristy with a lot of shops. But not as junky as other places we've visited. It was better than I expected. We used a coupon, and had lunch at the Canyon Breeze. Food was fair, but we sat outside to enjoy the views. Then we did a little supply shopping and headed back to inn to rest up for our Sunset Pink Jeep tour.

to be continued.....

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