The trip is from Natchez Trace, Tennessee, to Dodge City, Kansas, by way of Tucson, Arizona.
Leaving the campground at Camp Verde, we headed north on I-17 for a short distance, then exited onto Hwy 179. We drove north through the Village of Oak Creek into the red rock canyons of Sedona.
As you can tell, there is a lot of traffic in Sedona. So we spent little time in town. Instead, we drove into the colorful surrounding countryside. This is the most iconic image of Sedona.
But there were many other interesting sights.
We stopped at Red Rock State Park to hike. The trail started out alongside a creek.
But we were soon high up on the hillsides.
Here at Red Rock State Park was the first time we had witnessed high-elevation yoga. On the outer edge of a trail which skirted a cliff and had at least a hundred foot drop to the rocks below we saw a young woman progressing through a series of yoga poses, balancing on the toes of one foot and extending far out over the abyss while her companion photographed her. This seemed needlessly reckless to me, just to get a picture. This sandstone is soft, and if the least bit crumbled beneath her toes she could lose her balance and pitch over. But we later saw other young women doing this at the Grand Canyon. Here is my wife’s sensible version.
Both feet firmly on the ground and nowhere near the edge. After hiking, we drove back into Sedona, then headed north on Hwy 89A. This was yet another beautiful drive through a narrow twisting canyon as it followed rushing Owl Creek up into high mountains. I had wanted to stop at Slide Rock State Park and get wet in the creek, but it was just too jammed with people and cars. So we continued up out of the canyon into the mountains. At the top was a vista where we stopped to look back down at where we had just come from.
You can see what a fun drive it was.
At the very bottom Owl Creek can be spotted.
We were high enough there was even a bit of surviving snow.
But there was a lot more snow awaiting us in Flagstaff.
The next location is Meteor Crater, Arizona