Sedona and the Famous Red Rocks
It was a short, easy drive via I-17 from Flagstaff to the beautiful red rock country of Sedona. Our route, 179, took us through scenic Oak Creek Canyon and an area of tall red rock formations.
|Through Oak Creek Canyon and tall red rock formations|
We continued on the four-lane passing more shopping areas, Diamond Resorts Sedona Summit Resort, and the Western Heritage Cultural Center. A concert had been performed here by Esteban, the world-famous guitarist.
As we left Sedona, headed towards Cottonwood, we could see the town of Jerome sitting high in the mountains. Jerome, with its narrow, winding streets, is a neat place to visit if you have a car or van. We had the opportunity to visit scenic Jerome when we lived in Mesa, Arizona. It was not a place to take the RV.
Boondocking in the National Forest
Approximately five miles before we got to Cottonwood, we turned right on a side road and followed it until we found a turnoff where other RV’s and campers were boonocked.
|Our rig at approximately 41 feet in length ready to boondock.|
|Sun setting with storm clouds floating by|
|Scenic view between Cottonwood and Sedona|
The road was not really that heavily traveled, so we took many walks. We headed west one day, and the next, we walked east. One day Angel and I walked 30 minutes eastward toward Sedona and the Red Rocks, but didn’t even get close to them. On our return trip, a snake was coiled up on the right-hand side of the roadway sunning himself. Angel and I walked clear to the left so as not to invade his space.
|Walking toward Sedona with Angel, this Prickly Pear Cactus with blossom fruit was on our right.|
Venturing out to see things or visit was not always possible. We were beginning to feel the need to get a “daily driver”, a vehicle we could use when the RV was parked to explore things to see in the area. Even our 28-foot RV was not that easy to park in many tight areas.
7:30 a.m. and the Wind Outside Our Door
“Whoosh!” “Whoosh!” This was the sound of hot air balloons!
|Hot air balloons were landing around us|
|Two of three balloons lifting off around us.|
|One balloon with large basket of tourists landing near us.|
|Another balloon landed on the road in front of us..|
|Deflating the balloon with the basket on the side of the road|
|Saying "Good Morning" to the man in the balloon basket.|
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In the next post, we will see a lot more saguaro cacti as we head to Ehrenberg, where we see incredible sunsets, and clean out the storage with our fold-up trailer in it. Also, I may insert a video I took on one of our trips from our boondocking spot to the highway.
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