We left New Mexico today and crossed over the line into Arizona. The drive is getting less and less scenic with long stretches of desert and the usual small towns of decaying buildings. It is not like it was in the mid-west where the old towns have been preserved.
We drove down this road for what seemed like forever - I was worried that our car was too low for all the holes and trenches ... only to find this at the end:
I will never get tired of seeing livestock roaming the streets!
"Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see..."
original road remnant
The drive to Sedona was long but such a welcome change of scenery!
It was fantastic. It was an hour and a half tour and it was timed for us to be at the top at sunset. And we were.
We are staying in a charming inn that was built by the innkeeper himself. He did an exquisite job staying true to the Craftsman Style - leaving no detail unturned. The walls are all thick adobe to keep the heat out in the summer and the furniture is all collected antiques. The proprietors previously lived in Pasadena and most of the furnishings were found there, either in antique stores or at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.
They light a fire each evening and serve wine and appetizers ... and our room ...
Was just what we needed after spending so many nights in cramped rooms!
We ended our night with a long uphill walk to a restaurant in town. We started with appetizers of rattlesnake with prickly pear sauce, bison, and cactus fries.
They served us a complementary amuse-bouche of grilled pork, and then brought us a palate cleanser of tequila sorbet. By the time our dinner arrived we were so full we could not eat it. Thankfully we have a refrigerator in our room. I am thinking it will make a wonderful breakfast!