Working on that video yesterday made me realize…I’d never finished my Encompassing Flagstaff photo collection, so named because during the week of April 7 – April 14, I visited points north, south, east and west of Flagstaff, Arizona, using it as my base. Previous posts covered a few national park tours, the town itself, and Mars Hill. Now witness…Sedona! Well, mostly Red Rock State Park. Sedona has a well-deserved reputation for being fantastically beautiful, as cliffs of red rock overlook the town itself. I got there early in the AM and decided to do some hiking at a state park outside of town, and when I finished I was so tired and the city so fantastically full of people I decided “Nope, going back to Flagstaff”.
The red cliffs of Sedona, taken from the air on my flight into Flagstaff. I thought this was the Grand Canyon, and…so did most everyone else on the plane. I realized my mistake once I’d driven northwest to the Grand Canyon and realized a plane approaching Flagstaff from the south would be nowhere near the GC..
Driving to Sedona. The road south from Flagstaff is extraordinarily pretty, but also extraordinarily inappropriate for multitasking, so I didn’t take many more until I was out of the dangerously beautiful woods and cliffs.
South of Sedona, taken while driving either to or back from Jerome, a place I visited solely on the merits of it being, quote, “cute”. I was there waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too early, but I am a man of principles, namely “Wake up at dawn and see it before the tourist mob shows up!”
Jerome, AZ. Succeeding streets are above you when you visit, and I found this distressing.
Hiking at Red Rock State Park. I went on several different trails out here, first an easy one to get the lay of the land and then a hill ascent. I then did another hill ascent, because when I am on vacation I sometimes go overboard. According to my phone, I logged 18K steps this day.
Wide shot, continued
The House of Apache Fire, which sounds terribly dramatic. It even as a trail named after it. If I remember the signs correctly, the house was built to imitate indigenous architecture, despite being itself relatively modern (1947). This is probably the least photogenic way to approach it. When verifying I was remembering then name correctly I found a page of different shots of the house, taken at a time when the park was much more verdant.
Driving back to Sedona
I actually took this shot because of the Burger King. To its credit, Sedona must have some kind of building code that forces structures to fit a certain aesthetic.
Sedona from the air again, this time flying back home
Now that I’ve finally posted my helicopter GC video, I can share some photos. Look for those a little later in the week, possibly tomorrow.