After an awesome evening catching up with an old friend (at one of these Excellent Eats) and one last night with my sister in San Diego, Molly and I took off from Ocean Beach first thing in the morning.
On the way out of town we stopped off for a quick breakfast with my cousins (at another Excellent Eat) and an extra large coffee, then hit the open road for one of the most peaceful places on Earth, Sedona.
Not far outside of San Diego, mountains stretch up to meet the blue sky.
The rocks change shape and form as the elevation increases.
The road twists and curves, carving through the barren mountain tops.
The hills give way to a stark, mostly flat dessert valley stretching as far as the eye can see.
Boarder patrollers are plenty along this route running parallel of Mexico.
Occasionally a single mountain or hill rises up out of the middle of no where.
We only made 3 stops. Once at a rest stop and twice to refuel and renourish.
The tall slender structures sporadically dotted either side of the road.
And then there was this sign…
On the other side of the city, prickly hills led us closer and closer to Sedona.
Before long the gorgeous green Saguaro disappeared, giving way to rocky terrain.
After breaking through one last rocky boulder, we crossed grassy rolling plains dotted in low-lying brush.
And then, there it was!
The ruby red rocks of Sedona are always striking against clear blue skies.
We pulled into town just in time to see the sun setting against the fiery rock forms.
Upon arrival we made a bee line for Airport Road.
The large elevated landing with an even larger parking lot is easily the most assessable sunset and sunrise viewing spot in Sedona.
The only drawback here, dinner hour ends pretty early in these parts. 9:00 p.m. snuck up on me somewhere between checking in and chatting with hubby.
Subway and the nearest gas station saved the
That night I wrote this and prepared to hike that: