Written in 2011: Our normal, post Christmas holiday trip to Scottsdale, and often times Sedona, was originally scheduled for Tucson. But with the recent shootings (Gabby Giffords), we would rather comfortably return to Sedona, before a few days in Scottsdale. We need a few days away from the greater Phoenix area, mostly to avoid the crazy crowds attending the National Championship Bowl Game (Oregon and Auburn) in Phoenix this eve.
Sedona is a great place to visit anytime of year. This is our third trip here, and the town never seems to get boring. There are still many things to see, and a few places to eat that need our attention. Most of the highly recommended places are packed with locals and tourists. So, if Sedona allows some harmonic convergence (1987) or a simple alcohol induced stupor, this should be a great place to start this mid-winter trip. I could not imagine walking around Tucson in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy, not to mention their immigration issues. Maybe Sarah Palin will show up and the erstwhile Dick Cheney will take her hunting!
I will not bore you with my previous incantations about the magical red rocks and sandstone formations of Sedona. But one or two tidbits of trivia about Sedona first. The Arizona Diamondbacks major league baseball team has uniforms dominated by a shade of red called “Sedona Red”. And Disneyland’s Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster is modeled after Grayback Mountain, the tallest in Sedona. Some famous residents here include: Ted Danson, Harpo Winfrey, Diane Ladd, Nick Cage, Sharon Stone, Al Pacino, Senator John McCain, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Russell, and when she was alive, the most famous of all redheads, Lucille Ball.
So, a few days at the Sedona Summit, normally a timeshare place, but often advertising drastic discounts for short stays like ours. The resort is located a few miles west of the greater downtown area, and offers a quiet, almost Sedona like vibe. In other words, not too many tourists and pink jeeps in the area. But we may opt for a non pink jeep tour, helicopter ride, or rappelling down into a slot canyon just north of here. I am sure we will do the obligatory downtown Sedona Stroll, just to window shop.
Note: We no longer visit Arizona during the Christmas holidays. I prefer the Spring, both for baseball, cycling, hiking, and overall sunny weather. The biggest and saddest part of this trip is returning to the home of the Sartorial Superman (my friend John) of Scottsdale. He departed this earth too early, 2015 to be exact. To you, John, you are missed and always thought of when trying to put a decent outfit together! And he introduced us to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, Los Sombreros in Scottsdale. You must try it on your next visit!!!