Sedona Get Away

By: WatchinTheSky , 10:39 PM GMT en Febrero 14, 2012

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Feb 14, 2ish PM


Happy Valentines Day to all the ladies!

Just got back from Sedona, such a relaxing place! Beautiful weather all 4 days, upper 60s to low 70s daytime - probably 40s overnight.

Peanut gallery or is it 'mushroom people' gallery? Across the top of the outcrop looks to me like a crowd of people (most with mushroom hats) looking down at passers by.



Our Saturday hike - looking east across a small valley with lots of small junipers.


On the same trail, we found this agave nursery. Must have been 10 babies surrounding the momma.


Evening glow starting on one of the sandstone buttes.


A harsh place to get a foot hold, this guy seems to be doing ok.


Of course, Sedona is known for mystical-spiritual things, which reminds me of a bit of info relayed by Wolfs Robe (World-renowned traditional Native American flute performer and educator who was performing at the lodging where we stayed. He hand makes his flutes and entertains while informing - but I digress). There was a Vortex near the Sedona airport that was seemingly causing too much interference with business - so it was moved down the road a half mile or so. But that was not great either so it was moved again, apparently to its current location. A mobile Vortex! Do they have trailer hitches or what?!!

I am afraid as mystical or spiritual as I got while there was my first yoga class!

There are a few wineries trying to take root in Page Springs along Oak Creek. We stopped at Page Springs Cellars to sample. It is about half way between Sedona and Jerome.

Jerome is quite the character, as old towns go. Established around 1876, it is notable for its now defunct copper mine. In its prime, Jerome had ~15000 citizens and the mine was making the owners 2 million bucks a month! It had a Red Light district, to help the miners part with their money :)
Several times during the 'boom times' (oh no, punny!) parts of the town slid down slope when large accidental explosions occurred while mining. Dynamite was unstable, and sometimes the large excavation shovel hit a storage room full of dynamite. The lack of solid foundations for some of the town buildings led to a few unintended relocations!
By the 1950s, the mine was about tapped out and the population plummeted to 'Ghost Town' levels. In the 1970s, hippies settled in town and began to remake the town into the tourist spot of late. Lots of shops and taverns, one shop has an amazing collection of kaleidoscopes from around the world. The town had a hospital (one of the few things given back to the town by the two main benefactors of the mine, apparently most of the money left town which probably aided its demise after the mine tapped out) which has been turned into The Grand Hotel. While still a hospital, the last 3 managers committed suicide, leading to many ghost stories about the hospital. One end of the hospital was a psychiatric ward and has now become a fine restaurant - The Asylum. I definitely recommend it, we had lunch and a yummy dessert. And not bothered once by ghosts!

View from The Asylum back to Sedona


Thanks to the Park Rangers and Historical Society of Jerome for info!

It is a solid 8 hour drive from north San Diego county to Sedona (ok, I am not a speed racer) so 9 hours with breaks, not bad and interesting scenery.

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11. PugetSoundPost
6:23 AM GMT en Febrero 25, 2012
Your Arizona pics are so nice to see - bright blue sky and sunshine! I'm not complaining about our "look", however. A nice little storm is in the area. Rain and wind, pretty strong in places (storm force out on some of the waters - the Strait of Juan de Fuca and areas directly east) with lesser, but still gusty, winds forecast for the rest of us on Saturday. Then, by late Sat and more probably on Sunday snow showers are a possibility. I'm looking forward to going onto "snow watch" and if that doesn't pan out, just enjoying the active weather. Always love it! Maybe something will slide further south soon.
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10. BriarCraft
5:39 PM GMT en Febrero 23, 2012
I thought I remembered Jerome being perched on a hillside -- a very steep hillside. None of the town's streets were straight. They all incorporated at least one hairpin curve. And I don't recall that the approach to town was any nicer. Driving an RV through there would be tricky.
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9. WatchinTheSky
6:02 PM GMT en Febrero 21, 2012
Hi BC! Sounds like that was a memorable trip for you, similar route to the one my wife and I took on our honeymoon way back when :) I don't know how much you remember of the road through Jerome, but we got to take the company RV and after getting through Jerome, my thought was 'What was I thinking!!'. Very narrow, very winding.
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8. BriarCraft
6:30 PM GMT en Febrero 20, 2012
One time when my parents came to visit me in San Diego, I took them on a 4-day road trip. It took us all day, with stops here and there along the way, to reach Sedona, by way of State Rt. 89 and 89a through Wickenburg, Prescott, and Jerome. Spent the night and a couple of hours the next morning in Sedona before going on to the Grand Canyon. We didn't do any of the touristy things, but did fall in love with all the colorful rock formations. Prescott, as I recall, had several historical homes and buildings that we enjoyed, as well.

I had my first little 35mm point-and-shoot then, in the early 90s, so while I took pictures, they don't show the beauty nearly as well as the photos you are sharing with us. Off to go give them some excellent ratings now!
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7. WatchinTheSky
6:36 PM GMT en Febrero 17, 2012
Hi SBK, yes - a must see, I would say. Especially coming up from Phoenix, hwy 179 into Sedona is very dramatic. And calpoppy's photos were getting me pumped up for the trip! I think our 2 'storm' total was around .5", not great - but something.

Hey calpoppy! Cardon, Pachycereus pringlei is the big saguaro like cactus from Mexico. We have several at the Animal Park in the Baja Gardens - imagine that :) next to the NativeScapes that I volunteer at. It was cool driving through the saguaro fields on the way. We even spotted one in the classic '2 arms up' pose!
Not hooked yet :) but I can see the appeal, for sure. I need to work on my time management skills, maybe if I sleep less!
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6. calpoppy
6:13 PM GMT en Febrero 17, 2012
Looks like a good time to me!! So are you hooked on yoga????

There are a couple places in the southwest I need to go to. One is arizona to see the saguaros and the second San Felipe in Mexico to see the giant cactus. Which at this moment I forgot their name starts with a c though, lol! I am sure there are a lot more to see but those are on the top.

We never made it to Jerome, we thought about it though! :))
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5. SBKaren
1:40 AM GMT en Febrero 17, 2012
Oh WTS - the pictures are amazing! I've heard wonderful things about Sedona, but I've never been. We've visited Phoenix, Tucson (oldest lived there a very short time), and the Grand Canyon - but I hear Sedona is a must see.

Your first picture reminds me of the structures found in Red Rock Canyon. Visit calpoopy's blog and see what I mean!

We had lots of rain and COLD yesterday, and today we're back to warm! :)
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4. WatchinTheSky
6:53 PM GMT en Febrero 16, 2012
Hi obp! Oh My, ahemm..That is a fantastic story and addition to the blog, thanks! Seems that Sedona and Jerome are a regular get away from Phoenix, especially in the summer. We met a couple, formally of Australia, living in Phoenix, while at the bar in The Asylum.

Hi PSP! Yes, back to the real world. And we did get a little rain and as I look out the window I can see a bit of snow on Palomar mountain. 2-4 inches worth, but the system is on the way out.
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3. oregonbirdofprey
5:07 PM GMT en Febrero 16, 2012
Wow, Sedona and Jerome. Brings back memories. I lived in the Phoenix area for many years and would go up to Sedona several times a year when the heat in Phoenix became unbearable. These trips almost always included a visit to Jerome as well. The drive from Sedona to Jerome over the mountain, if you went the back way, was beautiful. My former mother-in-law, nice lady, recently passed, was born in Jerome and spent her childhood there. Sometime in the 30's or 40's I guess. Family secret was her mother was, er, shall we say, one of those hosteses' who entertained the miners.
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2. PugetSoundPost
5:26 AM GMT en Febrero 16, 2012
Hi WTS! Nice,sunny photos! Thank you for sharing about your trip and the photos as well. The SW is beautiful and a fun area to visit - so different from around here! I enjoyed the history you provided and thinking of the "old days". It sounds like you had a great time and I am glad for that. Now that you are home, I hope a little rain will fall on you!
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1. sp34n119w
7:50 PM GMT en Febrero 15, 2012
Nice travelogue with beautiful pictures :)
Really liked reading the history of the ghost town. There are so many in the SW and each has its story. It's hard to imagine all those people in all those towns.

The "mushroom people" is an interesting affect of the difference between 2D and 3D. When you're there (and moving) it looks one way and a flat picture brings another way of seeing the view. Very cool!

My favorite is that survivor in the niche. Think of what had to come together just to get it started! And I can't get lettuce to grow in a pot, LOL

Thanks for sharing, WTS - glad you had a good time! :)
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