SEDONA ARIZONA’S RED ROCKS AT SUNSET
It was already well into the 70’s before 9 this morning so we we weren’t long in heading ourselves out the driveway heading for higher & cooler elevations. With Winnie’s A/C on we made a quick stop at the Congress Post Office. Nuts!! No Jammies yet:(( Threw some gas in Winnie’s tank & with the Jeep tied on behind we headed up the Yarnell Hill. The rig handled the hill just fine.
WINNIE CHASED THIS CLASS A ALL THE WAY UP YARNELL HILL
Quick stop at the Cornerstone Bakery in Yarnell & we were on our way. Destination Sedona Arizona. Well not so much Sedona proper as the area somewhere around Sedona. We had a couple hot tips on a few quiet boondocking areas.
<<< COMING OUT OF YARNELL’S CORNERSTONE BAKERY WITH SOME GOODIES
It was a familiar drive for us up through Peeples & Skull Valley. Wound our way along Iron Springs Road into Prescott & picked up the Pioneer Parkway which took us in a North-Easterly direction around Prescott. Broad sweeping vistas as far as the eye could see. Long golden Valleys stretched to distant mountain topped horizons. And lots of Evergreen trees & forests around Prescott. I figure if I was forced to live in a city in these here parts I would choose Prescott just based on scenery alone.
GLAD WE DIDN’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS LONG TRAIN IN KIRKLAND JUNCTION
THE GENERAL STORE IS NOW CLOSED & KELLY CHECKS OUR GARMIN
SWINGING WAY AROUND PRESCOTT
Topped a rise north of Prescott & I could see the snow covered SAN FRANCISCO PEAKS just north of Flagstaff maybe about 75 miles away as the Crow flies to the North-East. Made our way to a place called Dewey & headed North from there. Traffic had been lite until we hit #17 coming up from Phoenix. From there the traffic just got heavier & heavier. Cottonwood was a manic mosh of metal monsters. Kelly & I had stayed at DEAD HORSE RANCH STATE PARK back in late 07 but neither of us remembered this much heavy traffic around Cottonwood then. So glad to get out of that traffic mess & onto highway 89 heading for Sedona. We were back out in our comfortable countryside again & darned well planned to stay there!!
FROM PRESCOTT WE CAN SEE THE FAR AWAY SAN FRANCISCO PEAKS NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF
BEGINNING TO SEE SEDONA’S RED ROCKS ACROSS ARIZONA’S SWEEPING VERDE VALLEY
We did find the area several fellow RV Boondockers had recommended but we immediately ran into an unexpected problem. Headed up a dusty road & pulled over into a flat spot to unhook the Jeep. As soon as Pheebs got out she had 4 flat tires. The whole area was covered in those dreaded Goathead prickly stickers. They are the most miserable things of ever. Got the stickers out of Pheebs paws but we had them stuck to the bottom of our shoes too. We knew that particular area was not going to work for us. With the Jeep we scouted another couple roads but they were too rough for the rig. We knew of one other place across the highway so off we went.
We knew Annie was tucked away on that side of the road somewhere so we cruised along the gravel road slow until we spotted her RV through the trees. Found us a spot to pull in & walked over to Annie’s place.
ANNIE’S TUCKED AWAY IN THE TREES
We had never met her before but we have been following THE GOOD LUCK DUCK long enough to know about Roxie & Annie. Annie was home & soon her dog Jake & Pheebs were making fast friends. Nice to finally meet Annie, a nice easy going Gal. She knew of a couple camping spots within walking distance of her so we all walked over & checked them out. Could tell right away it was not going to be an easy campsite. There wasn’t a spot of ground flat enough anywhere to land a fly let alone a 26’ Class C rig with no levelers.
THAT’S MINGUS MOUNTAIN ON THE HORIZON
We did manage to wiggle into a spot on the sloping hillside & with the aide of some plastic Camping World levelers we did manage to square things up a bit but nowhere close to level from side to side. Not much we could do about it though because we didn’t know where else to go. On the plus side we do have a great view out over the Verde Valley & we can see the twinkling lights of mile high Jerome way across the valley on the side of Mingus Mountain. A cluster of lights on the valley floor below I’m guessing belong to Clarkdale & Cottonwood.
JEROME IS ACROSS THE VALLEY ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE DIRECTLY ABOVE WINNIE’S HOOD
Don’t know if we’ll stay in this spot or search us out a new location in the morning. Kelly suggested we hit a Home Depot & get them to saw us up some sturdy 2’ sections of board to use as levelers. We just might do that as they are always handy to have along for un-level situations like the one we are in. In our Damon Class A I always carried a ready to use lumber yard with us.
No idea where we will go or what we will do over the next few days here but I’m sure we’ll think of something. We just wanted to take advantage of this warmer weather in an area that is not normally known for warm weather this time of year. Temperature in the rig this afternoon was 83F. I’m wilting, I’m wilting……………..
Been awhile since I have stood out under a big Moon in short sleeves but it is warm enough tonight to do just that. Jerome is just a tight cluster of shimmering diamonds nestled into the darkened side of Mingus Mountain across the valley. Our nocturnal landscape lay before us bathed in an ethereal hue of tumbling Moonbeams………………
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Jim had a terrible day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single fish. On his way home, he stopped at the Fish Store and ordered four rainbow trout. He told the fishmonger, 'Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?' 'Why do you want me to throw them at you?' Asked the clerk?' So that I am able to tell my wife Sandie, in all honesty, that I caught them.'
The fisherman's golden rule: The one that got away is always bigger than the one you gotta weigh.
Most times the fish you buy are cheaper than the fish you catch. Maybe one of these days Sandie might suggest that to Jim but doubt it will do any good. That man likes to fish.ReplyDelete
Loved the scenery there, really did not enjoy all the traffic.ReplyDelete
Hey, glad you found Annie and Jake, and a good camping spot! On the down side, you didn't find me. :o( Another time!ReplyDelete
Is it just a coincidence that Jim and Sandie were the fishing couple in your groaner lol??ReplyDelete
You are in one of my favorite places. How I love those red rocks of Sedona. Might sound funny but one thing we really enjoyed in the area was the Page Springs fish hatchery. Nice place for bird watching and so very peaceful. Anyway, enjoy your time in this gorgeous area. Glad you got to meet Annie too.
Beautiful area! Can't wait to see more photos!ReplyDelete
You made me miss the West, Al! You know I wanted water on this trip, and I love Parts of Florida, but! Like you, if I had to choose, it would be anywhere in Red Rock Country. Best friend lived inPrescott Valley for years and we swore at that route 17 from Phoenix many a time.ReplyDelete
Fantastic photos--loved your description of the moonlit sky. Have fun!ReplyDelete
Those photos of the red rocks are fantastic! You certainly have an eye for the beauty of the area... so nice.ReplyDelete
Sure do love the Sedona area, such beautiful scenery to enjoy.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos. We plan to be in that area in a couple of months, so I am enjoying what you have to say about it. And as always - fantastic photos!ReplyDelete
We love driving that area. Always surrounded by so much beauty.ReplyDelete
Oh how we hate those prickly stickers. Our little Bella gets them in her paws also and just about has a fit trying to get them out. Yuck!
Enjoy all the beauty.
Love Sedona!! We christened our new Jeep with red dust a year ago. Sure glad we had it because so many places would have been missed without the ability to get to them with four wheel drive. Can't wait to return!! Looking forward to your next couple posts and photos:)ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos as usual Al, YUCK on the goatshead stickers and hope you find a good spot soon!ReplyDelete
I'm with Kelly.....head to the lumber yard! The scenery more than makes up for a lopsided RV! Absolutely beautiful Al....ReplyDelete
We have been in Sedona many years ago. It had just rained and the water puddles looked like blood. Stunning area and a very good description of it in your post.ReplyDelete
Long time since we were near there...Drove up to Jerome, which is literally hanging off the side of a mountain..No place for any rig, but a Jeep will do it. Sedona is beautiful, but pricey and pretty commercial. Our Aunt and Uncle owned a house there once...Wish they still had it, but the town has grown so much it wouldn't be the same. Have fun!ReplyDelete
poor Pheebs, that had to hurt. Love your last paragraph so poetic. snowing again here and below freezing,,,fan some of that warm air our way. One advantage to Winnie not being level, you can feel like you have a buzz on without taking a drinkReplyDelete
Greetings...We are just down the road from you and we are camp hosts at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Coffee? P.S. We are friends of Bill W.ReplyDelete
One of my dearest friends lived in this area before coming to live in the Indianapolis area. All she could talk about was how horrible Indy's "landscape" was and how beautiful the Verdi Valley was. I was sooooooo sick of hearing about it. Now, I understand!ReplyDelete
Enjoy for John and I until we can get there....and find a spot or two for 40' motorhome towing a 16 ft. trailer! lol
Even though I'm loving South Africa these shots make me homesick. Especially the bakery.ReplyDelete