Sun, Sabrina & Sedona
8/1/10 - Well, we picked a fine time to explore more of Arizona ... during the hottest month of the year & during monsoon season. But, when opportunity knocks, we can now go for it. One of our NJ friends, Sabrina, came to visit us on her way out to an event held in LA. Sabrina & I worked together in the diversity office at Chubb for quite a few years. We share many interests & passions.
On the day she arrived, we took an air-conditioned tour of a part of the Apache Trail, America's oldest roadway. The trail was originally a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. Today it is a partially-paved road that offers great vistas & historic lore. It was beastly hot that day, so each time we ventured out of the car we baked a little, but it was worth it to see some of the beautiful deserts, mountains, canyons & lakes. Sabrina even tried prickly pear cactus ice cream to cool off!
During her visit, we went to the Heard Museum (a renowned Native American museum with so much to teach us), the Arizona Biltmore Hotel (the only hotel in the world with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design, and where every US President from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush has stayed), Oldtown Scottsdale (where art galleries and gift shops live side by side) and plenty of great restaurants. Of course, Sabrina completed her stay with a visit to a luxurious spa for pampering & relaxation. It was so good to see her!
Candy & I followed that visit with a short trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Although we had visited both before, we wanted to try some new adventures. In Sedona we went on a famous Pink Jeep tour, which bumped & jostled us plenty as the jeep took on the red rocks. It was spectacular scenery. We took a drive up to the Grand Canyon just for a day, specifically for a helicopter tour of the canyon. We had done a helicopter over Niagara Falls & it allowed us to see that natural wonder from a new perspective, so we wanted to do the same over the Grand Canyon. It was breathtaking! Candy was in the front & got some phenomenal pictures! We also got the video that was taken off the front of the helicopter by the tour company. Before we left Sedona to return home, we took a brief (& hot) hike near Cathedral Rock in Sedona. It is one of Sedona's most photographed red rock formations. Along one side of the creek that flows along the base of the rock, there was a river-rock-strewn beach called Buddha Beach. Many visitors built cairns from the rocks, and we enjoyed the simplicity and beauty of the well-balanced structures before heading home.