“We’re looking for Sedona Park” , John replied when he was asked how the tourism officer can help us.
The man’s reply was “which one”? When John and I looked at each other, he smiled and explained to us that there are several sights/parks scattered all over Sedona. That’s why the whole place has been declared as a state park. Then he got this big map and gave suggestions on where we might want to go.
After expressing our gratitude for his help, we started our own tour of Sedona. 🙂 This is what I liked about having rented our own car for this road trip. We can go everywhere we want at our own pace. We don’t like joining the tours because we both hate being rushed. I mean seriously, you can’t enjoy the place that way right?
The whole place is amazing. I told you previously that I love the mountain rocks in Arizona. The colors varied from pink , red and orange. Sedona has this different charm. The colorful mountains looming above us looked so beautiful against the blue sky.
No matter how science would explain their existence and how they came to be, to me – I would always think that there is a God who painstakingly and/ or playfully molded them together and displayed his masterpiece in Sedona.
With mouth agape, I heard all the other tourists exclaimed in wonder, how beautiful the place is.
I was doubly amazed because I had no idea what to expect. You know, since our supposed schedule got “shutdown” together with the US government and as they closed the national parks, John and I just followed US 89 route and enjoyed what came along the way.
Believe me, I was ecstatic that destiny brought us there. 🙂
The hairpin turns between Prescott and Jerome is scary but the panoramic view is fantastic!
John and I had a weird moment at Jerome. I asked him if he smelled burning candles. But he said no. And then I read later on that this is a haunted place because a lot of miners died there.
The goodness of people. During this trip, I am so amazed at how nice most people are. It is difficult for me and John to have our picture taken together. So I really appreciate it when people offer to take picture of us. I took photos of other couples as well. But most of those who offered didn’t want something in return. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
This picture was taken before reaching Jerome, Arizona.
SEDONA / RED ROCK CANYON
Pink Bridge. When you use red rocks and cement, it comes out pink. Cool right? Most buildings there have red bricks or orange rocks in them. It’s so beautiful! 🙂
And oh… I forgot to mention the yellow rocks as well. We have limestone in the Philippines. So that’s kinda normal to me. But what astonished me was the combination of yellow and red mountains. If I hadn’t seen it in person, I would think that you’re just pulling my leg. ha ha
The photo below is called …… the bell rock of course! You can see why, right? 🙂
Some mountain formations reminded me of the temples in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. The difference is that Angkor Wat was built by men in the 1800’s. While Sedona hills/rock formations are natural.
Chapel of the Holy Cross:
We saw this building on top of the mountain. From afar, we had no idea what it was. But as we got nearer, we realized it is a small chapel.
Despite the fact that tourists flocked in Sedona, the chapel felt so peaceful. Do you believe in destiny? The moment I got inside, I felt like I was meant to be there. Weird right? But there it is…
Not one, but I’ve seen several tour buses in Sedona. Have you heard of the Pink Jeep? It’s famous there. 🙂 They use these pink jeeps during the tours. Fits perfectly with the environment. You know, pink roads/bridges … pink jeeps. lol
And of course, we had to pose right? ha ha
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I hope you too will enjoy your vacation in Sedona, Arizona!
Merry Christmas everyone. 🙂
Lea C. Walker