Day 59-60: Sedona, AZ (10/1-10/2)
What do you do when you got a couple extra days of vacation in northern Arizona and the federal government is shutdown? You head to Sedona! Since we got our permits for the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim so early, we had a few bonus days before our scheduled permit for Havasupai. We initially thought we would go check out Petrified Forest National Park, but with the government shutdown, that wasn’t an option. But we have always heard great things about Sedona, and it did not disappoint.
We spent an afternoon hiking around Cathedral Rocks, which turned out to involve more rock scrambling than hiking.
We hiked up to the base of the towering rocks and admired the red walls as they started to glow in the late afternoon.
We then hiked down and around the rocks to catch them at sunset.
As we were being eaten by mosquitos and running down the trail we ran into this bug…!
Still not sure what it was, but it moved really fast and was about 6 inches long! Definitely a creepy-crawly…
After dinner we returned to the rocks to capture the milky way over Cathedral Rocks.
The next day we spent a few hours at Slide Rock State Park. Although the water levels were low and temperatures weren’t ideal, we braved the cold and enjoyed the natural water slide. It was really fun and quite the ride.
It was nice to have a couple unscheduled days to explore and take it easy (aka let Katharine sleep-in). We can definitely see why people love Sedona!
Epic Trip Stats:
- Days: 60
- Miles driven: 7,375
- Photos taken: 11,441
- Miles Hiked: 209
- Scary bugs: 1
- Runs on the waterslide: 6