Day 2 of my vacation in Phoenix with Son Tony, where we started out thinking we were going to do one thing, but ended up changing course.
Tony had arranged for us to drive to Sedona, where we'd meet up with a tour company for a day trip to the Grand Canyon. It takes almost two hours to get to Sedona and the van was leaving at 8:00, so we got up early, ate breakfast, and got on the road. It didn't take long to leave the metropolitan area, and soon the road was a ribbon cutting through the desert plants.
There had been snow in the mountains on Monday which closed the Interstate and caused our tour to be cancelled! They had forgotten to call and let us know. Tony explained that we only had one day in the area, and we had driven quite a ways to get there. Could the company do anything for us?
Sedona is noted for its stunning array of red sandstone formations, the Red Rocks. They're everywhere! We made several stops to see them close up, and saw some of them from more than one angle. We also drove to Montezuma's Castle National Monument, where we saw some wonderful Indian ruins with "apartment type" ancient cliff dwellings, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross, built into the side of a rock. The driver pointed out where all the good shopping areas were, and we stopped at a great restaurant for lunch.
Sadly, all good things have to come to an end, so the van drove back to the coffee shop and dropped us off. As Tony and I started our drive back to Phoenix, I remarked I didn't know how I could have had a better day.