A Travellerspoint blog

April 2015

Jerome and Sedona, Arizona

19 April 2015

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Our last real day in Arizona and it was another action packed day of hiking and eating :) We started off with a fabulous breakfast at the Mile Hile Cafe in Jerome. I had cheesy hash and Curt had eggs benedict with mimosas! Jerome is an adorable, supposedly haunted town on a hile that has cute shops and great views and was definately worth the stop.
View from Jerome

View from Jerome

Mile High Grill

Mile High Grill


Jerome buildings

Jerome buildings


Gallery

Gallery


Next up was hiking to the Arch which was probably the greatest photographic moment of the trip. Other hikers were very polite in waiting on each other so photos could be taken without large crowds in the background.
Devils Bridge Trail

Devils Bridge Trail


holding up the rock

holding up the rock


resting on the rocks

resting on the rocks


The arch

The arch


Standing on the arch

Standing on the arch


So after hiking, naturally we had to eat again so stopped at Famous Pizza for a rest. We didn't eat at McDonalds but they made sure to point out the Green Arches rather than golden that match the architecture in Sedona.
Sedona style McDonalds

Sedona style McDonalds


More hiking to cathedral Rock which in the end is rather like climbing. We didn't make it all the way to the top before we headed back to Sedona for.....more eating!
Chapel in the rocks

Chapel in the rocks


Cathedral Rock Trail

Cathedral Rock Trail


A storm is brewing

A storm is brewing


hmm that looks high

hmm that looks high


I will just take a picture from here

I will just take a picture from here


Should we keep going

Should we keep going


View from Cathedral Rock

View from Cathedral Rock


what a view

what a view


blue sky is back

blue sky is back


wild flowers on the trail

wild flowers on the trail


Tlaquepaque is a shopping and eating area decorated with tons of flowers and home to the Oak Creek Brewery where we ate our last meal. What a fabulous trip, Thanks Chris and Christina!
Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque


roses all over

roses all over

more flowers

more flowers

brewery samples

brewery samples

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The Grand Canyon at last!

18 April 2015

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I have been feeling bad that our list of things we have seen in the world did not include one of the United States biggest attractions, the Grand Canyon. Fortunately for us our friends Chris and Christina live only a couple hours away and were willing to show us the sites. We even got an added bonus to the day with a stop at Bearizona in Willams, Arizona. The park has a drive through area with bear, bison and wolves but also a walk around area with lots of other animals. There were three baby bears that I couldn't take pictures of but were adorable and playful. We had a hard time walking away from their little den.
wolves

wolves


wolves 2

wolves 2


wierd looking bird

wierd looking bird


ugliest guy in the park

ugliest guy in the park


porcipine

porcipine


otter

otter


Mules

Mules


juvenile bears playing

juvenile bears playing


Christina petting a baby goat

Christina petting a baby goat


Chris and Christina

Chris and Christina


Bearizona

Bearizona


baby bison

baby bison


We tore ourselves away from the baby bears in the interest of getting a hike in at the Grand Canyon. We settled on doing a portion of the Bright Angel Trail which is one of the most popular. As luck would have it the weekend was free entry so it was quite crowded. Because we arrived in the afternoon we didn't get to hike the entire trail but I felt fortunate to have seen this wonder and plan to return.
With Smokey the Bear

With Smokey the Bear


First photo of the Grand Canyon

First photo of the Grand Canyon


Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail


Beautiful day for hiking

Beautiful day for hiking


Curt hiking

Curt hiking

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon


hikers warning

hikers warning

it goes on forever

it goes on forever

On the trail

On the trail

tame squirrels

tame squirrels

The Bright Angel Trail

The Bright Angel Trail

What goes down must come back up

What goes down must come back up


The pizza place right outside the park called our names so we gave in but while there noticed we had buy one get one free coupons for the National Geographic IMAX Movie about the history of the park. It turned out to be less than stellar but ya win some, ya lose some.

Our final stop for the day was back in Williams at Poncho Magilacutties for Mexican. They had wine called the The Traveler and also t-shirts with the logo that Christina and I had to have! What a great day!

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Prescott, Arizona

17 April 2015

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I am so happy for this getaway to Prescott, Arizona to visit my friend from Cuba, Christina and her husband Chris. They had an absolutely amazing and action pack weekend planned for us starting with brunch in Prescott at the Lone Star Cafe. This is an adorable restaurant in the downtown with lots of fun to read wall art.
Lone Star Cafe

Lone Star Cafe


Nice concept

Nice concept


Bird Cage Saloon

Bird Cage Saloon


downtown Prescott

downtown Prescott


After a quick walk around the downtown and along Whiskey Row they got us exercising with a hike up Thumb Butte Trail. The top has a view over all of Prescott and humbling memorial to a group of fire fighters from the area that passed away fighting a forest fire.
Thumb Butte Trail

Thumb Butte Trail


Thumb Butte from Below

Thumb Butte from Below


View over Prescott

View over Prescott


fire fighter memorial

fire fighter memorial


Chris and Christina

Chris and Christina


After working off some calories we packed them back on at Berry's Pie Cafe and then at the Raven Bar downtown. Before leaving town we also hit a up a few shops and the local Green Mountain Brewery and one of their favorite hangouts. I loved the tree on the wall made from beer mugs.
Attack on Curt

Attack on Curt


A tastier end

A tastier end


For sale

For sale


Raven beer choices

Raven beer choices


Green Mountain Brewery

Green Mountain Brewery

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