“Happy 70th Birthday Bruce Kahn!!”
Home of the Moscow Mule
We arrived in Phoenix on Monday, October 5th, staying at the Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort & Country Club for a week. The timing worked out perfect. As we are so excited to be able to help Bruce celebrate his 70th birthday in Sedona. We drove D Beast (jeep) to Sedona on Saturday and met Karen Moyer and Bruce for lunch at Tlaquepaque(pronounced T-lockey-pockey) Arts and Crafts Village. Nestled beneath giant sycamore trees on the banks of the Oak Creek, Tlaquepaque is the most distinctive shopping complex to be found in the Southwest. Then we drove to the house that Bruce rented for the week to spend his birthday with friends and family. What an exceptional house set on a hill with wonderful views looking west over Sedona and the red rocks. We started the weekend off with Moscow Mules sitting around the pool and hot tub with Karen, Bruce and their friends, Rick and Barb Johnsto. Then we ate a wonderful home-cooked dinner sitting outside watching the sunset. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading
This journal entry covers our stay in the Sedona area and the many hikes we went on over the 2 week period.
March 24th, Tuesday, we drove R Sherpa to Camp Verde, AZ, about an hour north of Phoenix, where we are staying at Distant Drums RV Park for 12 days. After settling into our spacious concrete pad, site #70, we took off to drive to Sedona, about 30 minutes from our park. We stopped at the Hike House and bought a map of all the many trails in the area and had a nice vegan dinner at the Chocolate Tree.
Hiline/Baldwin/Cathedral Rock/Templeton/Slim Shady Loop Trail
Ready to start our first hike, we woke up early the next day and headed to the Yavapai Vista Trailhead to the Hiline Trail, 3.2 miles, climbing gradually to the saddle with spectacular views looking out at the red rock formations such as Bell Rock and the Courthouse Butte and many other red rock mountains. It was a steep, rocky, technical descent from the saddle, and we were surprised to get passed by mountain bikers. We arrived at the Baldwin Trail to the edge of Oak Creek where we stopped for lunch by the creek. Then it was a challenging 0.4 mile climb up to the saddle of the Cathedral Rocks, where we had amazing views looking out at the vistas. It was difficult to leave these views but it was time to head back, we hiked along the Slim Shady Trail for 2.5 long miles, and we were running out of water and getting tired after a total of 8 miles today. It was all worth it as the scenery is out of this world. Continue reading
On Nov 5th we drove to Phoenix and picked Kevin up at the airport and then went all the way to Flagstaff. We had dinner at the Beaver Street Brewery and Kevin went north to Page while we stayed the night in Flagstaff. When we woke up the next morning it was only 12° F BRRRRRRR it was cold, especialy since we didn’t have warm clothes. On the way back to Tucson we stopped in at Sedona, nestled in the foothills of the Red Rock Mountains. We checked out the Rancho Sedona RV Park, 10 naturally wooded acres along beautiful Oak Creek, within walking distance to downtown Sedona. There are only 9 large sites in the park that we could use and they were booked intil mid Nov, so we will have to come back another time. I would love to spend a month here hiking and exploring all the galleries and shops in Sedona. We arrived back in Tucson in time to pick up our RV at Freightliner and then went back to Lazydays for the night. Continue reading