Star-date /March 6,2014
We left the Wet Beaver Wilderness and went under Interstate 17 and turned north toward Oak Creek. Rolling hills,sage and junipers were a paltry “warm up” band for the visual concert named Sedona. It started slow with a hint of pink,then white with stripes of juniper green and then we rounded a corner to a full chorus. The pinnacles were deep, rosy, rust red,with stripes of gorgeous blue grey and heavy cream. This symphony is conducted by the sun itself and the moods,forms and textures change constantly.The formations have settled themselves in a flipflop to polar fleece climate. The sky forms a back drop that came right straight out of the tube.You can’t build a house in the national parks but you can live in Sedona which is pretty close. By the way the town was named after a gal named Sedona Schnebly. Good thing they didn’t call it Schnebly. Bill and Patsy Brunner have wisely made their home here.
These are Patsy’s Photos!!!
The starship used its flexibility to navigate the streets and found the perfect niche right next to Casa Brunner. The crew was not prepared for the thorough spoiling that followed.
Steak Dinner ala sunset….. with dog tolerance(maybe even fondness)..A rest under very starry skies and onto V-V Ranch..great walk to petroglyphs with a talk by a volunteer.
It was used as a calendar using the rocks and their shadows.
An art crawl to great galleries (and snacks as Tymer would say) ending the day with great pizza and salad. Bill reminded the crew that the starship needed new landing gear. The next day we dropped the starship at a heavenly tire shop. They even gave Janet a work of art. As Vivian was getting her pedicure, the crew was taken to the top of Cleopatra Hill to the remarkable town of Jerome. This little copper mine turned artists colony is delightful. Once known as the wickedest town in the west it thrives on the grit and humor of its residents. Lunch was in the Asylum.!!! An old hospital turned hotel…
After we put some wear and tear on our knees, we cruised down to Tuzigoot National Monument. (I hope Eddy names his first born after this place).”The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400.” (from the park service website)
After a drive through Old Town Cottonwood we picked up the Starship that was parked at an attractive angle for pick up.
We drove back to Sedona where we capped off this spectacular day with a”Cowboy Ciao” Stetson salad and a remastered version of Thee Muppet Movie.
Another rest and off we went to Palatki Ruins, an amazing cliff dwelling with very interesting Petroglyphs.
For a cool down and a recharge we went to this great little hot dog/brew pub.
Whew……We all went home to relax and wash clothes….An amazing time with good friends in an amazing part of the country.
The crew thanks their hosts from the bottoms of their merkins for this experience. Their cosmos was wined, dined, and spoiled rotten.
Many of these photos were taken by the talented Miss Poppy Butter (AKA Patsy Brunner)