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We have suffered a terrible early spring here in St Louis with torrential rains and flooding rivers.  We decided to escape and seek out a friendlier climate.  A friend suggested Sedona and we booked a flight, rental car and lodging.  A trip to Sedona was excellent advice.  It was just beautiful, and the weather in Sedona was near perfect.  The skies were crystal clear most of the time with daytime temperatures in the 70s and overnight lows in the low 40s.  The contrast between the "Red Rocks" and the blue skies was breathtaking.  Aside from hiking trails and exploring the Sedona area, we also made a day trip to the Grand Canyon.  It was cloudy, very windy and cold up there, but still beautiful.  It was my first visit to the Grand Canyon and it was a sight I will never forget.  A photograph simply doesn't do it justice.  If you get the chance, make this trip to Sedona.  I can recommend a terrific place to stay and some awesome places to see.

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We flew into Phoenix and drove a rental car up to Sedona (a 2 hour drive). We got there late in the afternoon, stowed our stuff and went for an evening stroll.
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The following morning, I got up at pre-dawn to catch the sunrise. There was a large rock formation directly behind our Bread and Breakfast that made for a perfect observation post. The climb up the front side was not easy. I found out later that there was a much more accessible route on the back side. Here I am at the top with the sun coming up behind me (timed exposure).
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A look down at our Bed and Breakfast. Note the trails leading out from it.
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This sun illuminated formation is called Cathedral Rock. Just one of many of the "Red Rocks" that make up the beautiful landscape around Sedona.
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I stitched two photos together for this panoramic view to the north.
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I made it back to the Bed and Breakfast in time to get Cherie up for breakfast. Believe me, you don't want to miss any of these breakfasts. Our host was a tremendous chef, and our fellow guests were a fun group.
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Our host Carrie with just some of the guests.
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We went for a five mile hike right after breakfast. The trail started out level and smooth, but soon changed to a much more challenging trek.
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A closer look at Bell Rock. The trail wrapped aound Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte.
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A closer look at the top. A beautiful contrast between the red rock and the crystal clear blue sky.
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Cherie resting for a bit.
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The trail gets narrower and more challenging. Pretty soon it became hilly and rocky. I recommend hiking boots!
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We met up with friends for dinner that evening. Sherry works with Cherie and she and Todd just happened to be in Sedona for a weekend.
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The next morning we leave for a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Just a few miles north of Sedona, the landscape changes to dense pine forest. Here the view over Oak Creek Canyon. Note the snow on the ground at the higher elevations.
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At the Grand Canyon. My first visit to this awe inspiring landmark. The elevation at the lookout is 7000 feet and the canyon floor is near sea level.
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Looking down at the Canyon floor. It was cloudy, cold and very windy here. Most folks had on coats, hats and gloves. I was in shorts and a t-shirt. :-(
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There is nothing like frolicking in the snow wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
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We got back to Sedona in time to watch the sunset. That's Courthouse Butte in the background. It was quite a bit warmer here.
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I coaxed Cherie into making the climb on observation rock with me the next morning. Note the uneasy and somewhat forced smile on her face.
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She was a good sport though! Here looking back up at our perch.
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Cherie enjoyed our shopping expedition in Sedona a lot better. We visited different shops and several art galleries. You can spend a lot of money in this town. We found this trading post that had a LOT of interesting stuff.
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Our last evening in Sedona. Here at a scenic lookout overlooking West Sedona.
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We treat ourselves to a dinner at the exclusive Enchantment Resort. Our casual attire forced us to eat on the patio.