Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sedona the 2nd time.

Mark’s mom and brother and Mark and Abbie and I took a quick trip to Sedona on Thursday.  Donna and Alex hadn’t ever been to Sedona and we thought we should show them the town since we only live an hour and a half way.  It was a beautiful day – perfect for hiking.

The first trail we tried to do was only open Fri-Mon so we were bummed that we didn’t get to go on that one.  We wanted to see the petroglyphs on that trail.  But we got some neat photos on our drive out there and back anyway.

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Our next attempt ended up being quite the drive.  It was only like 12 or so miles from the town of Sedona, but 8 of those miles were on gravel roads, aka – VERY bumpy.  The Jeep tours in Sedona managed the trail we were aiming for, but our Passat held up pretty well.  Alex and I had to get out a few times and build little rock bridges in dips in the road that were too steep for the Passat to get across.  But we got all the way out there and back without hurting the car.

Here are a few pics of the drive.

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(Maybe that was more than a few…)

Anyway, so we finally made it to the Hanonki Trail as the sun was setting.  It was beautiful.  The sun made the rocks look so red!

Here are a few pictures of the trail to the Indian ruins site. IMG_8072 IMG_8078

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The ruins were just fascinating.  It’s so neat to be this close to things that are so old.

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And there actually were TONS of petroglyphs etched into the rock.  Here’s one of them that we saw.  It was really neat trying to find them on this HUGE rock.IMG_8177 IMG_8180 IMG_8196 IMG_8204

Here are some of the views on the way back.  We ran across one random cow in the middle of no where and watched as he moseyed across the road in front of us.  He wasn’t in any hurry at all.

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The sunset was beautiful.  I’m not sure I’d ever get tired of the views there.  But if we lived there, we’d definitely get an SUV for those crazy roads.


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