We are staying just South of Flagstaff in a very little town called Munds Park. We wanted to be close to take the trip down to Sedona for a day. Well, the drive along Oak Creek Canyon was nice and we did have some good home-made ice cream for lunch in Sedona, but other than that there isn’t much to report.
We took these photos as we started down the Oak Creek Canyon road. It got prettier with more red rock formations as you got closer to Sedona, but there weren’t any decent places to pull off and enjoy the scenery. The early part of the road was very curvy, as if you were hiking down switchbacks.
Sedona isn’t the exactly the hippie, new age village we were expecting. Now, it is a pretty upscale, tourist area with a lot of shopping, art galleries and restaurants. The red rock formations were pretty impressive, but we couldn’t easily find any information on day hikes that we could do to better get out in the natural areas. There was a nice quilt shop, though. I bought a few fat quarters, including one for my “Sunny Southwest” novelty quilt I’m going to make when we get home.
The one odd thing about Sedona is their apparent strong attachment to the Javelina. They must of had some kind of artists challenge to decorate a Javelina sculpture. We saw at least three of them – one had the mommy Javelina and the baby dressed in Hawaiin clothes with leis. I wish I had the camera with me. We also saw a t-shirt with something about “Javelina like People.” None of the Javelina we’ve ever met liked people – but they did smell bad. We saw Javelina (also known as collared peccary) when we went to South Texas earlier this year. I haven’t got my blog posted for that trip, yet.
Yesterday, we went to the last of the three National Monuments in the Flagstaff area – Walnut Creek NM. Unfortunately, they had a big rock slide last September and a 30+ ton boulder came crashing down onto the trail so you couldn’t get down to see the cliff dwellings. There was a short rim trail where you could look down into the Canyon, but it was hard to appreciate the structures from afar. The Ranger said they were hoping to have it reopened by next September. They have to break it apart in small fragments that they can then use to rebuild the walls along the path. They don’t want to just blast the thing out of the way.