Arrived home safely last night from our travels. The stop for turkey supplies on the way home was successful, so the family doesn’t have to eat tofurkey for Thanksgiving dinner now.
The colors of Sedona were brilliant- no,make that beyond brilliant! Sunset quickly became my favorite part of the day, here’s why:
No retouching or photoshop enhancement were performed on my photos. Amazing colors in the sky at sunset:
I highly recommend the place we stayed- Las Posadas Luxury B&B. The staff and owner were extremely nice and welcoming, the suite and breakfast were amazing. Be sure to check out their website.
Jessie, our concierge, was kind enough to book reservations for dinner and activities. Our favorite fine dining experience was The Silver Saddle at The Cowboy Club. Be sure to get reservations ahead of time and be sure to order their cactus fries appetizer! Joe ordered buffalo filet mignon and I had the buffalo flank steak. The chef also sends out complementary items for you to try. It was a memorable dining experience. Oh yes, the Silver Saddle also had a fine selection of wine, plus they make a delicious prickly cactus margarita. Cheers!
We also booked the Ultimate Tour from the Red Rock Jeep Tours. This was a sunset tour, we were able to see scenery off the beaten path. Our cowboy tour guide was very funny and entertaining.
Another favorite diversion was the Verde Canyon Railroad ride. Joe is a train fan, so I booked 2 first class tickets on their afternoon train. The scenery here was spectacular, plus we got to see a pair of eagles soaring above their cliff nest.
One day was devoted to geology- so we drove out to Meteor Crater near Winslow, AZ. If you stop here, be sure to take the geology tour and hike along the rim:
We also stopped near Flagstaff to hunt for fossils, then again near Winslow to obtain specimens of jasper, agate, and calcite. Joe then sped back to Sedona so we could take more sunset photos, including the first one above.
Our next stay was in Phoenix at a golfing resort, though we didn’t golf. Instead, we visited Taliesin West, which is Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school in the outskirts of Scottsdale:
This was an interesting place, I highly recommend taking a tour if you visit. The school spends half the year in AZ and the other half at Taliesin in Spring Green, WI. I especially love the idea of student living in experimental desert shelters that they build themselves.
I cannot finish my travel recap without mentioning all the shopping that I did. I did hit two quilt stores- one in Sedona and one in Chandler. I also found a wonderful yarn and bead store in Jerome, AZ. Lots of galleries and other shopping, too.
It was a great trip! Thus said, it is always good to be home again. Last night, I lit the fire in my bedroom, jumped into the jacuzzi with a good book and snuggled into my feathered bed with wonderfully soft (high thread count) sheets. Yes, it is good to be home.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving! Hugs, Carla