A Long Weekend in Arizona – Chapter 1

I had to travel to Phoenix for work. Brian and I decided to extend my work trip into a long weekend. We planned to visit Sedona and maybe if we had time, head to the Grand Canyon. This was our first weekend alone together since July 2013, so we wanted to make the most of it and do our favorite thing – explore new places! Brian left the kids with his parents, and we started on our fun getaway weekend.

So, after my meeting, Brian flew out and met me at the airport. I had already picked up the rental car, so we started our drive to Sedona. The drive was easy from Phoenix and once we caught sight of the red rocks, we couldn’t take our eyes off of them. Sedona is such a beautiful place and the scenery is so beautiful, it almost looks fake. Our first day, we checked into our hotel, got our bearings around the small town, and quickly head up to the Airport Mesa for what is arguable the best view of the sunset. We were pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it was! It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

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The weather was beautiful for our trip! September was a great time to go and see this part of the country.

After the sunset, we had dinner at the Creekside Restaurant of L’Auberge de Sedona. The dinner and ambiance were incredible. The restaurant is almost completely outdoors under beautiful oak trees that run along the creek. It was such a romantic and unforgettable night under the beautiful lights and trees. We were both in heaven to be alone with each other in such a beautiful setting!

Thanks to the time change, we were up and at up em every morning at 5:30 a.m. The next morning, we made a game time decision to head up bright and early to the Grand Canyon. I had never been, and we had heard great things about the drive up to the Canyon, so off in the rental car we went!

What a treat we were in for! The route takes you along 89A, which is one of the 10 most beautiful drives in America. It did not disappoint! The drive was full of twists and turns in the mountains and I had to keep my eyes peeled to the road. We saw a scenic overlook spot for Oak Creek Canyon Vista and decided to stop. I am so glad we did! It was so beautiful up there.

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A map of 89A – lots of twists and turns!

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We continued our drive north to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. In total from Sedona, we were in the car about 2 hours, so not too bad. We arrived at the park, paid the $25 entrance fee and started exploring. The Grand Canyon is truly a sight to see. There is nothing else like it – almost overwhelming in person. I was surprised by the size of the forests surrounding the canyon. I never really knew much about the Grand Canyon (other than it was formed by the Colorado River), so I learned a lot in the park. We drove around Grand Canyon Village and saw the lodges in the park. It was actually great to see all of this so that we’ll know how to plan for it when we want to take the kids one day.

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We stayed a few hours walking to Mather’s Point and along the Rim Trail, and started to drive out of the park. We spotted a mule deer eating by the side of the road. Shortly after, I spotted something out of the corner of my eye that was BIG and I yelled “Moose! Turn around!” Haha! After pulling a u-turn in the middle of the road, we pulled right up next to a pack of female elk eating. We got some pics, and I felt good about myself, because there was a line of people that spotted us taking pics and ended up seeing the elk too! So thanks to my sharp eyes, everyone got good pictures. 🙂 They were so close to us!

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We made another game time decision on the way home, and decided to stop in Flagstaff for a late lunch.Flagstaff is home to UNA and is a very cool college town. It is a lot like Athens, GA. Very cute downtown with lots of shops, breweries, cute restaurants and people watching. We ate at Flagstaff Brewing Co. and enjoyed some local beer. We got back in the car and drove about 35 miles back to Sedona.

More to come about the rest of our trip!

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One thought on “A Long Weekend in Arizona – Chapter 1

  1. Beautiful, Cami! I will be in Phoenix for work a lot for Super Bowl in February…maybe Russ should come in and we make a long weekend out of it, too?! I may pick your brain on where you stayed and all… 🙂

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