Hiking Arizona – a trip to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Lake Havasu – Part 2

Part two: On to Sedona

The next morning I felt worse.

John asked if I wanted to go get coffee and breakfast but then, seeing the look on my face, said he’d go get coffee and bring it back to the room for me. I just wanted to stay in my comfy nightgown and sweater and look at photos from the day before.

It was fun going through all of the photos taken from my Canon, as it did a great job capturing the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. After a couple of hours, I felt a little better so we checked out and headed south to Sedona.  

The drive was so beautiful and my spirits lifted the closer we got to the red rocks. We stopped at Slide Rock State Park and enjoyed the water and views before moving on to Sedona.

Slide Rock State Park

As we drove through town looking for our hotel, we were both back saying “wow” over and over. I wanted to see everything, but John thought it might be better for us to enjoy the warm sun around the pool for a few hours.


He was right. I started feeling better and knew I wanted to be sure to find out where the best views of the sunset would be. This time of year sunset is so early that by 4:00 we were making our way up Airport Mesa Road to “the spot”.

High atop Airport Mesa at sunset

Crowded with people who had the same hot tip of best place to view the sunset, we managed to find an area to take some photos. As I stood with my back to the setting sun, with John behind the camera, I could feel a lovely energy all around me.

I felt great and alive.

John was taking one photo after another of me, and kept saying, “you look great”. I didn’t find out until later that we were standing in one of Sedona’s vortices.

Vortices are swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing vibrations. These are places where the earth is especially alive with energy. And Sedona is one such area, with several “hot spots” like the one in which we were standing.

The sunset was wonderful and we were both thrilled to experience it.

We drove back to our hotel and decided to Uber into town to look around and find dinner. There are Javelina sculptures throughout the city, and we found a couple to visit.

They were part of an art installation back in 2006 and most sold in 2007 to raise money for the Sedona Arts Festival.

After walking around town we stumbled upon Javelina Cantina and thought it was a perfect way to end the day.

Sedona Javelina

Downtown Sedona

I was feeling so good by the end of the day, I declared we should get up early to see the sunrise. Bundled up in 32-degree weather, there were a lot fewer people vying for a view of the red rocks at sunrise.

Sedona at sunrise

We said goodbye to Sedona, heading up to Jerome, knowing we would be back. Next time we will stay a few days.

I’d visited Jerome back in the 1980’s and even though it was a bit out of our way, I wanted John to see the tiny mining town perched 5,000 feet overlooking the Verde Valley on Cleopatra Hill.

It’s population in the 1920’s during the boom of copper mining was over 10,000 but dwindled to less than 100 in the 1950’s. Today it is the 3rd most visited town in Arizona thanks to being a National Historic Landmark.


We walked all through town and found hidden treasures along the way and finally stopped at Flatiron Café for lunch. After leaving Jerome, we drove higher still and wound our way through the Prescott Valley towards Lake Havasu City.

Reader Comments

  1. jodie filogomo

    What a fabulous trip Loretta.
    You really did look beautiful in those photos (well, you always do, but you know what I mean).
    I’m super impressed you got up early to see the sunrise…I’m not sure that would happen for us.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Stephanie Skelly

    I’m so glad you felt better. The photos are amazing.. of you and of the views. You just keep looking younger!

  3. Amy Kennedy

    Goodness gracious what gorgeous pictures! I’m so glad you had this time to go just soak in that beauty together! And glad you are feeling better, too! That picture where the sun is just embracing you is gorgeous! You both have some great photography skills!

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