Travelogues: Arizona Adventure Time to Sedona and Montezuma's Castle

posted on: Monday, November 26, 2012

Because to the right is the only place there's a scenic view... Ooookay.

While we were down in Arizona, my darling in-laws (yes, I'm actually lucky enough to have wonderful in-laws!) took us on a little adventure to the northern mountains of Arizona. We stayed a night in Flagstaff, enjoying the beautiful Arizona sunset as we drove, and ate at the most delicious Mexican restaurant whose name I've forgotten. The next morning we woke up bright and early for a breakfast at the Galaxy Diner, a hilarious diner on Route 66 that pays homage to 50s nostalgia. After our meal, we drove south, stopping to take in the view from the north end of Oak Creek Canyon. We continued our drive through the Coconino forest, into Sedona.

Route 66 signage
Typical diner fare, but excellent service!



I had never been to Sedona before, although of course I've seen loads of photos. So beautiful! The town itself was entertaining, I'm really not sure what to make of it, but the surrounding countryside... Wow. Absolutely awe inspiring. I can see why it's considered such a magical and spiritual place.

Always into signage...
Perfect timing for the fall colors





After a few hours exploring Sedona we continued our journey back to the valley, with a quick stop to see Montezuma's Castle. One of my goals each trip to Arizona is to see one archaeological spot and these cliff dwellings definitely fulfilled that goal. Very interesting and well worth the couple of hours we spent exploring. I'm lucky my mother-in-law is also a bit of a history buff and totally game for this sort of experience.




And of course I took loads of photos. Next trip to Arizona might have to include a photo essay on the sunsets, just sayin'.

Hot air balloons somewhere, maybe Mesa?

Travelogues: Coolidge, Arizona

posted on: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This afternoon we went on a little errand to Coolidge, a small town that's seen better days. There's evidence all around to show this town was once a hopping place but now all that's left is remnants.





Dinosaurs and savannas

posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2012



We made a spur of the moment decision to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon at the American Museum of Natural History. I didn't realize until we got there that my honey had never been. We looked at dinosaur skeletons and large dioramas and small dioramas and said hi to that famous blue whale. Swoon.





Hurricane

posted on: Monday, November 5, 2012


It's really hard to know what to write about such an epic event. We were blessed to be spared any ill effects of the storm but lots of people weren't. My work was in the zone without electricity so I filled my week off from work with lots of reading and a bit of volunteer work. Such a surreal time...

The city was slowing down before the storm, except for these guys...

Music store in the Village

My first stew in my crock pot.

Surveying the damage in Williamsburg.


There should have been lights on over there.

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