Our first stop on arrival was Tlaqueplaque because it was too early to check into our hotel, we were hungry and we just love this place! Tlaqueplaque is a lovely, rambling place filled with galleries, shops, courtyards and a couple of restaurants. It looks like an old Spanish mission.
On our way to Sedona, we stopped at one of our favorite old haunts, Rock Springs Cafe. It's less than 20 miles north of Phoenix and they are known for their PIE. I saved mine to eat when we got to Tlaqueplaque. That's the lemon merengue, FYI.
Okay, off to hike Bell Rock Trail. This is an easy hike on a wide, fairly flat trail. It takes you right beside and around Bell Rock.
The red rocks of Sedona are known for being vortexes of energy. Here Dick is touching the base of Bell Rock to tap into that energy. He calls it "vortexting." :)
Another favorite thing to do is drive up Oak Creek Canyon to Vista Point. It's a gorgeous overlook where people of the Navajo Nation set up to sell jewelry and pottery. From here it's a hop, skip and jump to Flagstaff if you want to keep going.
I couldn't resist doing Half Moon Pose at Vista Point:
Many beautiful things for sale, directly from the Navajo.
Okay, now we've headed out to Red Rock Crossing State Park - a short drive up 89A. This is what is called the "back side" of Cathedral Rock. That's Oak Creek, and right about here there used to be rocks and boards so you could cross over - hence the name Red Rock Crossing. But they're gone and I'm not sure why, so you kinda have to call it Red Rock Crossing No More. Of course you could wade across, but that would be tricky if you've got your camera and other stuff....
Doesn't matter - this is still one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth.
All right, let's eat! At the Sedona Airport right by where we stayed, there is a great restaurant called the Mesa Grill. It's fun to watch the small planes come and go, there are great views of the red rocks, and the food was AWESOME. Highly recommend!!!
Dick can't quite believe his eyes. He's been on a diet so he's very happy to see this food! I got an omelet that had cheese, chorizo and marmelade - I know, that sounds weird, right???? It was SO GOOD.
Now we're up at the Chapel of the Holy Cross - another of our favorite places. It was designed to blend into the landscape and it's a very spiritual place. There are amazing views from here too:
Courthouse Rock and Bell Rock in the distance as seen from the Chapel.
What you'd call the "front side" of Cathedral Rock, seen from the chapel.
Coming up the path to the chapel.
Inside the chapel, looking out. I love how they created it so you look through the cross to the landscape beyond.
And the chapel, seen from below.
And finishing up with a drive out toward Coffee Pot Rock.