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Janet posted yesterday on our adventure of hiking/rock climbing on the Camelback Mountain and visiting FLW Taliesin West home/school. We visited Sedona to explore the Red Rock National Park. It was two hours away from Scottsdale and I was the driver for the entire trip. First, let me mention this little fact about Janet. She’s an early bird. She’s the first person to wake up and get ready. She would sing in a sweet voice “It’s time to wake uuuupppp” and once she sees a reaction from that person her tone changes with a demanding evil voice “Now, geeeet up!” WAH! So, off we go!

This was a sporadic road trip. We decided to stop places on the way to Sedona. First stop… Montezuma Castle National Monument. It was awesome to learn about Sinagua people and the cliff dwelling.

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2015/01/img_1682.jpgOur next stop was V Bar V Petroglyphs site. Art work by the Sinagua people – a calendar they used to distinguish what season it was and what crop to grow. Smart people.2015/01/img_1695.jpgElaine’s cousin lives in Scottsdale with her husband and they recommended a few places around Sedona. They are friends with Sam Pillsbury who owns a winery and invited us for wine tasting in a little historic town in Cottonwood. Sam Pillsbury is also a movie director! He directed Free Willy 3 and other movies. We wanted to eat before the wine tasting so Elaine’s cousin recommended Bocce, a cute restaurant that serves gourmet pizzas. O..M..G.. delicious! I’m literally drooling right now2015/01/img_1697.jpg

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We did a White Flight wine tasting and it was on the house! Woohoo! Thanks to Sam and Chris 🙂

Finally, we headed to Sedona and visited the Red Rock Park. 2 hours away from sunset and we captured this beauty! 2015/01/img_1716.jpg

Sedona has a touristy strip area that has ton of bars and restaurants. The recommended restaurant was closed that day and we were scrambling to find a place to have dinner. We ended at a Mexican joint, Taos. Not good. The food was either too salty or too bland. Our last stop, stargazing. We had to drive away from the city light and it was scary to drive in pitch darkness, but so glad our rental car was brand new and had great headlights. I’ve never seen so many stars in my life! Janet had this cool app on her phone that points out the stars we were looking at.2015/01/img_1735.jpgWe headed back on the road where the speed limit was 75 mph. Crazy. But we made it. Arizona was fun! Crossing that state off of my list! yay!

-Josie

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