Part 3: Sedona
Joel: The last part of our trip was Sedona. If you know me, you know it's no secret that I don't prefer Arizona's landscape to other places back east, but I do love Sedona.
Right now Wendy and I are obsessed with acai bowls, and we make them all the time at home. There are two places in Sedona that only serve acai bowls, so we've been hitting those up each morning. We came to Sedona for less than 24 hours very recently and we did not get to see much, although we did go on one awesome hike. This time, we were able to see more of the town and shopping areas and still get one hike in. It was a shorter hike, but still very beautiful. Thankfully, the weather in Sedona was not as bad as our weather apps kept telling us. We were expecting rain, but as you can see from the pictures, the sun was out.
Wendy: We hiked to the end of the maintained trail and then Joel and Kendra decided to explore a bit further. The first picture below is taken at the end of the trail, and shows Joel and Kendra coming back down from their extended hike. The second picture was taken by Kendra further up.
Joel: When we first got into town, we immediately went to lunch at the "Creekside" restaurant. Probably one of the best lunches I've ever had. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture so I'll just have to explain it: Filet Mignon - Caprese Salad - Green Salad with Pomegranate seeds. Yum. Right after lunch we went to this awesome shop where I bought a singing bowl. You can see me use it and hear it in the video below. At home, I have a collection of musical instruments and this will be a nice addition to that collection. I also bought two awesome rainbow candles for the house!
Last time we were here, I also had an amazing jalapeño margarita. We went back to the same restaurant (Cowboy Club) to get it, but they didn't have it that day. This is one of the main reasons I was looking forward to coming back to Sedona! However, the nice cowboy waiter was able to get me a pretty close knock-off of what I had before. Still excellent, although much more spicy!
Wendy: The same store with the singing bowl also had the item below, which I was desperate to own. However, the $33,000 price tag was just over my budget for this vacation. The macaws are made entirely from various stones, and they are beautiful! There were smaller versions, but even the smallest was several hundred dollars. They are on my wish list if any of my super-wealthy friends are ever in Sedona around my birthday in August. ;-)
Joel and Kendra were great sports about having their picture taken while we were shopping downtown.
We are now on our last day in Sedona and our only plan is to visit the chapel in the rocks and grab lunch before heading back down to Phoenix to put mom on her plane. On the way up, I brought a foster dog to potentially get adopted by someone near Flagstaff. That was a success (Chloe is in the first three photos below - on our way up, at her new home, and hiking with her new fur-brother) so on the way home we'll be picking up a VERY pregnant dog to foster until the pups are ready for adoption (last photo below).