Relaxing Road Trip To Sedona Arizona

Road Trip to Sedona

The weather today is perfect as we set out on our road trip to Sedona from Flagstaff Arizona. The snow has started melting on the ground and so we have a chance to hit the road for Sedona. We pass through a lovely windy road on our way, and a spine forest can also be spotted.

Road Trip to Sedona Arizona
©Exploramum and Explorason – Road Trip to Sedona Arizona

We decided to hike towards the Slide Rock as this is a pretty good summer destination where you slide on slippery roads and into the water.

Road Trip to Sedona Arizona
©Exploramum and Explorason – Heading to Slide Rock

This is however not the best day or season for that, so we quit after some time.

Road Trip to Sedona Arizona
©Exploramum and Explorason – dry weather

The rugged hills are majestic, so we stop and savor the view. We then go on a hike under the bridge where you can park your car a safe distance and visit a small waterfall in this place.

Road Trip to Sedona Arizona
©Exploramum and Explorason – awesome bridge over the water

Since I still feel tired, we just do a small walk and it is really perfect for us.

Road Trip to Sedona Arizona
©Exploramum and Explorason – Gorgeous bridge structure

It is gradual and easy but starts to really warm up and it seems unreal that there is snow in Flagstaff where we are staying!  We’d better get back to our Road Trip to Sedona.

Road Trip to Sedona Arizona
©Exploramum and Explorason – hiking

We quit early on this path and returned to the car to head to Sedona. The Visitor Information has a fabulous outdoor music center and my son loves this and we spend quite a bit of time here. But it does the remains of my headache from yesterday no good. The lady at the information desk shows us the places we should try visiting and we do appreciate her effort.

Sedona Visitor Centre
©Exploramum and Explorason – giant musical instruments

After a while, we stop have a small lesson on the native vegetation. I love the cacti – they are just splendid as we discuss their spikey form.

cacti
©Exploramum and Explorason – cacti
The mountains are perfect and the sky is blue and we couldn’t ask for a better day.  This really is a glorious area and well worth the visit.

cacti
©Exploramum and Explorason – more cacti

Rock Cathedral

As we walk, we meet a lady who tells us about the Rock Cathedral. It is quite a walk to the top – these car parks are only for the handicapped and there are a lot of rock trails in the area.

Rock Cathedral
©Exploramum and Explorason – heading to Rock Cathedral

Inside is a magnificent cathedral. I am annoyed at the happy snappers’ as this is a place to quietly reflect, and some tourists are a bit crass. I thank God he has got us safely this far in our journey especially this day on our Road Trip to Sedona.

Rock Cathedral
©Exploramum and Explorason – inside Rock Cathedral

We then head out and seats somewhere with a nice view of the cathedral. It is quiet and peaceful.

Rock Cathedral
©Exploramum and Explorason – stunning Rock Cathedral

Walnut Canyon

It is too early to start driving back to the hotel. So we decide to drive to Walnut Canyon on the way. We arrive fairly late in the afternoon and talk to a retired lady about to do the hike. When we go to find the Ranger, we discover she has paid for us. Gee that was so nice of her! We find her and walk with her on the steep descent.  This was the first random act of kindness that we felt towards us and it was really special.

Road Trip to Sedona Arizona
©Exploramum and Explorason – Walnut Canyon

Hopi Indians

The picture below shows where Hopi Indians used to live. They lived under the rock ledges, and again, this is such a great worldschooling lesson for my son.

Hopi Indian
©Exploramum and Explorason – Home to the Hopi Indian years ago

The older lady we’d met who paid our entry is so nice as she stops and teaches him so much.

 

Hopi Indians
©Exploramum and Explorason – Hopi Indian lived here

This is a steep walk; so you will need to be fit for it if you visit here. My son really enjoys it, but it is a great experience as we take a journey back into history.

Hopi Indian home
©Exploramum and Explorason – inside the rock area

I love this picture below. Imagine this as the view from your front patio.  This is what the Indians who lived here experienced.

Hopi Indian
©Exploramum and Explorason – Rocks where the Hopi Indian lived

You can just see the houses on the ledges below. What a tough life the Hopi Indians had, yet in some ways how special.

Walnut Canyon
©Exploramum and Explorason – majestic view at Walnut Canyon
We end a great day with dinner at a restaurant called Oreganos. We had no idea it was literally around the corner from where we were staying. It is a great fit-out. They also give the kids pizza dough to play with.  We really have a fun art and craft time here together as we are in no rush. I can take the time to play with my son and I really like that.
Oregano's Restaurant
©Exploramum and Explorason – Oregano’s Restaurant
They also have fabulous pizza. At the end of the night, we have a pizza dessert. It is a giant cookie and ice cream.
pizza play
©Exploramum and Explorason – pizza play
We really feel good after today.  More hiking tomorrow as we have decided to stay on in this area another night. This traveling life is starting to favor us.
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