|Cottonwood and Mingus Mountain in the distance|
We enjoyed a quiet time with second cup and happy hour outside in the sun. The evening temperatures dropped nicely and we could sleep with the windows open again.
Yesterday, after getting our flu shot, we treated ourselves to a drive up Schnebly Hill Road in nearby Sedona. We've spent lots of time in Sedona over the years but never had the high clearance vehicle necessary to travel the entire road up Schnebly Hill so Dave was ready to go for it.
It's a 10 mile long, relentlessly rocky road that starts in Sedona and winds up 2000 feet to end at I-17 near Flagstaff. The views are fantastic.
|lunch spot...no reservations needed|
We stopped along the way to have lunch in a cedar lined pull off. I expected this road to be wall to wall Jeeps but we only passed 5 or 6 the whole time. They were doing the road from top to bottom instead of the way we chose - I think it's probably the most beautiful from that direction but I'm very glad we did what we did. I was on the inside as we climbed the rocky, narrow switchbacks and the few times I looked up I saw the least rocky track was right along the broken edge of the drop off. I trust Dave and I'm most always able to put my mind somewhere else when in seriously scary situations but if we had been coming down on that edge, I don't know if I could managed!
|the distant road|
We're now in Usery Mountain Regional Park, outside Phoenix. On our way down today we were surprised at how very green everything was.....spring time green!
|back in the land of the Saguaro|
We managed to get one of our favorite sites (5) and look forward to 8 or 9 days of sun and warmth here in the desert.
|our new backyard view|