Arizona: Rosie on the Road
Have you ever just like looked around you and legitimately questioned if you're still on your home planet? I have, and it's always when I go to Arizona. All the rocks and plants are colors and shapes that I'm pretty sure don't exist anywhere else, and if they do exist somewhere else those places need to get better at marketing because Arizona is killing the game here.
In the list of favorite things Beau and I share, Arizona is like number four - sandwiched right between tahini and Australian men. Not a bad place to be. I've loved this place ever since I visited in high school. After that trip I officially changed my favorite colors to sage and red rock red and then wrote an arguably appropriative but frankly still beautiful poem with a lot of Navajo words I spent weeks learning to pronounce. I had so many friends in high school.
Now the *plan* for this leg of the trip was to spend most of our time in Sedona (which we did) and take one day drive up to the Grand Canyon...which, okay, we did, but when we got there we found a torrential blizzard and you couldn't see anything. So, Grand Canyon, we'll have to catch you another time.
Sedona on it's own was a fantastic leg of the trip. We've been before, and it's one of the coolest small towns I've ever been to, for sure. It's basically a hippy paradise in the middle of the previously described gorgeous setting where everyone is obsessed with crystals and herbal remedies and going on tours in pink Jeeps. If my observations are correct.
And just like in Santa Fe, Camille joined us for a couple days! We went hiking on Bell Rock and had lunch at the vegetarian paradise known as ChocolaTree, and those are two of our favorite things so definitely do that. Our other favorite restaurant in Sedona is Hideaway House which has this adorable deck area with amazing canyon views and some pretty delicious food. There are some other restaurants in town, but you're not really going to Sedona for the food and beverage scene. We recommend just picking up a trail map and hiking as much as your butt can physically handle. :)