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Sedona, Arizona: A Travel Adventure In Red Rock Format

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Sedona AZUSA WEEKEND’s Annual Travel Report for 2003 heralds Sedona, Arizona, as one of the USA’s ten most beautiful places. It is a four-season adventure in beauty.

The community boasts a list of 102 things to do while in Sedona, and the list is not exaggerated. Some are free, some are pricey, but all are viable possibilities, accentuating this beautiful land.

You will meet lots of people in Sedona, from everywhere in the world, but itís not the shoving, hurry-hurry crowd (with the possible exception of the early morning or late evening commute of the friendly service population). More often it’s rubbing shoulders with others who hike and stroll and caravan endeavoring to capture their share of the beauty and peace surrounding the valley.

Here is a list of things I’d love to cross of my to do list in Sedona. What appeals to you?

ï Visit the Africa Wildlife Park
ï Golf at one of Sedonaís 18-hole Courses
ï Take a jeep tour
ï Photograph your aura
ï Hike to the bottom of Montezumaís Well
ï Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument
ï Visit Red Rock State Park, Fort Verde State Park and Jerome State Historical Park
ï Dine and take in the show at Blaziní M Ranch
ï Ride the Verde Canyon Train
ï Sketch the Red Rocks
ï Watch birds
ï Visit a vortex
ï Hike one of the 100 plus trails in the Coconino National Forest
ï Watch artists create masterpieces at local galleries
ï Picnic and spend the day at Slide Rock State Park
ï Take a scenic drive around the Verde Valley
ï Visit the Grand Canyon
ï Eat rattlesnake, buffalo burgers and cactus fries at local eateries
ï Tour Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and more
ï Skydive in Sedona and see the Red Rocks from the sky
ï Play a round of tennis or miniature golf
ï Have a picnic at Posse Ground or Sunset Park
ï Skateboard at the Sedona Skate Park
ï Visit the Bird Sanctuary in Page Springs
ï Sample a prickly pear cactus drink
ï Experience a hot-air balloon
ï Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross
ï Photograph the sunset at the airport overlook
ï Take yoga
ï Experience Shakespeare at Tlaquepaque
ï Hike at Red Rock Crossing and Crescent Moon

Sedona is a choice for all. Family vacations here are truly jam-packed and memorable. Couples and singles find whatever they need and want at the moment.

Sedona is one of those Must see, must do American travel adventures.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

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As a pretty big fan of zoos and an even bigger fan of animals I have managed to check out zoos in many states. There’s just something about seeing wild animals safely and so closely. No, its not their natural habitat unfortunately but its as good as you can get here in the United States. I feel like we have very little wild animals left living here.

Though San Diego’s zoo is still on my list, I do have a pretty awesome zoo in Arizona that I enjoy on a fairly regular basis and that’s the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield. It runs about $30 per adult and $12 for a child though you can normally find coupons to reduce the rate. Not only that, the zoo is not only a zoo but also an aquarium so you get more bang for your buck. The zoo also has a log ride, air lift, train ride, petting zoo, playground, and a rather bomb restaurant.

Here is a variety of shots I’ve collected over the last 2-3 visits:

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and last but not least a sloth, my favorite animal in the world! <3 What’s the best zoo you’ve ever been to? Were they humane?

Skydiving in Sedona, Arizona

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skydiving sedona

Arizona is not a place that would typically pop up in my mind as ‘hey, let’s go skydive there!’ but it happened and was beautiful. An acquaintance of mine had an itching to go skydiving and asked everyone on facebook if anyone would be interested in going. Being that I’ve gone before and my dad use to be an instructor I said yes!

My first dive was in North Carolina when I was 16 and everything went well until the landing. The instructor kept changing his mind on how he wanted us to land and so when my feet were about to hit the ground I took one approach and he took the other. Sadly this resulted in me fracturing my ankle but it wasn’t that bad in comparison to all of the other injuries you can get from skydiving.

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So we did some research and decided to go with the Red Rock Skydiving company in Sedona, Arizona. We read from reviews that the other places were just kind of mediocre and that the Red Rock Skydiving company were friendly and did an awesome job.

When we arrived it was pretty warm outside and the building was situated in the middle of all the beautiful red rocks that Arizona so proudly displays up north. We went in, did a little training, suited up, and headed out.

I will be honest, the plane we flew in scared the living piss out of me. It was old, had no flooring, just metal, and the door was plexy glass that slide up and down. I’m not scared of heights but the thought of falling out of the plane while we were ascending stayed consistently on my mind. Once we finally reached out altitude of 13,000 feet we hooked up and got ready to jump.

skydiving sedonaNothing gives you an adrenaline rush like your feet dangling outside of a plane and hoping that nylon fabric is going to catch your fall. In 3, 2, 1 we pushed off from the plane and started falling. I immediately remembered one of the things I didn’t enjoy about skydiving and that was trying to breathe. You’re falling so fast that its hard to catch your breath but eventually I caught it this time.

We fell for what seemed like 15 seconds before pulling out chute. Once our parachute was all out the instructor let me take the reign and guide us down. This was something I didn’t get to experience on my last jump so it was pretty awesome.

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We finally landed safely, ankles in tach, on our bottoms in the dirt landing circle. I was pretty pumped about the smooth landing and gave a high five in excitement. Afterwards we went inside to check out our video, undress, and try to bring down our excitement levels.

For anyone whose interested in trying skydiving for their first time or just skydiving in Arizona, I would high recommend Red Rock Skydiving. You get a beautiful view of Arizona, red rocks included, and its a safe, pleasant experience.

 

 

Grand Canyon Photo Essay

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One of my goals on my bucket list is to visit all the seven wonders of the world so obviously the Grand Canyon was going to be a part of that. After a short 4 hour dive we had reached out destination and I was pumped. The price to get in was only $12 per car to get I believe which is relatively cheap if you have a car full. We got out and started making our way around the canyon and hiking around one of the many trails for about 3 hours. I really loved looking at it but it was almost surreal. It was though I was looking at a photo and it wasn’t actually there in front of me. I have been to the Grand Canyon a handful of times from friends traveling to see me but overall, I could see it and be done within 30 minutes now.

Camping in Sedona

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hiking in sedona

Since its going to start cooling down soon David and I decided to head up to Sedona with a group of his friends to camp for a weekend and enjoy the fresh, unpolluted air that we go so little of in the valley. We packed up all of our gear last minute and headed down the road only to realize everything we forgot.  So just as our trip was beginning we had to stop at Target and pick up pillows, underwear, etc. The only thing I couldn’t buy again that I had forgot was my GoPro sadly.

six forks trailFinally we reached the campsite around 8pm and was greeted by drunken friends stuffing their faces with overly large marshmallows. We grabbed a drink, sat around the campfire, and started away with games and stories. The elevation was nice since it didn’t take much to start feeling the buzz of the night.

hiking in sedonaThe next morning we decided to head out for a lovely 6 mile hike. We took the West Fork path which was easy and was shaded the whole time. I wish all trails were as nice! The directions of the trail however were very vague as you can see from the sign. It states to cross over 13 creek passings and you have arrived. We were like alright, let’s do this.

The beginning of the trail had these cool little cave homes so to speak, though I would consider them more like hideouts to get away from the everyday. However I guess because I’m claustrophobic that wouldn’t work out well for me back then. Moving on. There was actually a tiny cluster of hostels near the cave hideout as well that had been abandoned. The furniture was still there standing as strong as its little brittle legs could hold. I always find beauty in abandoned places.

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Slowly the numbers are climbing up and up until we eventually reached number 13. To say it shortly, we were disappointed. We were hoping that we working towards some grand scene to end the trail that would be just beautiful but that site never came. We were just like “alright….guess that’s it.”

So we popped a squat on that fallen tree you can view to the right and enjoyed a granola bar as we were all starving and had a 3 mile hike back before we could eat lunch. We were situated around all the scenery when a couple made it to the end and had the same expression we did. We laughed and responded, yes, this is the end.

The hike back was just as easy as it was coming but in my mind seemed faster of course. Its so weird how going one way over another always feels different when in fact its the exact same.

hiking sedonaThat night we laid low and swapped a couple of funny stories from the night before. It did rain for about almost an hour so we played uno in the biggest tent then roasted hotdogs, beans, and more smores over the fire. We coined ourselves the Sedona Seven and headed out the next morning.

I had a great time even though it was just a weekend trip. Nothing is more relaxing and refreshing then getting off the grid for a little while and breathing fresh air. We had such a good time that David, my little one, and I are planning another trip up before it gets too cold.

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If you are new to the site then let me inform you as to why my site is so bare right now. I have another site that I have been blogging about my travels on and after much deliberation decided that I needed to just branch off and create a whole new site. This site’s layout is very similar as of right now but I promise it will be changing and looking more like an actual travel blog. So until then, feel free to browse around or head over to my other site to read about some of my travels at So I Will Run.

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