Day 11 – Seligman, Arizona to Sedona, Arizona to Grants, New Mexico

Yet another goofy picture of me.

Yet another goofy picture of me.

Today was a big driving day on Route 40 which parallels Historic Route 66 on some parts.  The people at the Seligman KOA were awesome and we talked for hours while I did laundry.  Diane and Larry made us feel at home.  What great people!!  I cannot believe how nice and kind the KOA people are, they are helpful and friendly.  I am so glad I started using them.

Had breakfast as the best place in town, Westside Lilo’s Cafe, on Route 66.  It was an adorable place with great food.  The portions were huge, I could not even eat all my breakfast.  Everyone had a smile and it was the perfect way to start the day.

Great food and Great service!

Great food and Great service!

Too much fun on Rt. 66!

Too much fun on Rt. 66!

The big plan for the day was to visit Sedona, which was in my original plan to do.  After some thought, much of this trip actually follows with my original trip, I just will not be going south or east (except to Cleveland at this time).  Anyway, after looking at the map and not knowing much about geography (failed it in high school), I did not realize there were mountains between Flagstaff and Sedona.

On the way to Sedona!

On the way to Sedona!

Got off Rt. 40 to drive approximately 28 miles to Sedona.  The road was absolutely mind-blowing for two reasons:  (1) The scenery was breathtaking and (2) The road was insane.  The road was a 7% grade with multiple hairpin turns, sheer drops and low visibility.  Even though the drive was early this morning, my stomach is still too upset to even eat.  No more mountains for me, they are just too stressful.  Beautiful but stressful.

The red rocks and dirt are stunning to see!

The red rocks and dirt are stunning to see!

So many rock formations!

So many rock formations!

Rolled into Sedona only to find hundreds (or what seemed like hundreds) of shops (of which I wanted nothing or could even afford if I wanted), restaurants and galleries. A quaint little town with too many tourists, and too much consumerism.  I know that if I was an outdoor-type person, this would be a great place to hike and do other outdoor stuff.  But I am not all that great with the outdoors.  The outdoors and I do not get along in the least especially if there are threats of scorpions and/or snakes.  I just have to say NO!

So, what I was I thinking Sedona would be like?  I guess I pictured artists sitting around the beautiful scenery doing their thing, music playing off in the background, muse heavy in the air and available to anyone who needed inspiration.  Obviously, I was wrong yet again.  I am sure you could find those things there but I was not really patient enough to look around.  So onto Route 17 to go back to 40.  I have wanted to see Sedona for quite some time, and I am so glad I stopped.  I am sure there are lots of other opinions about the town, and I am not saying my opinion is right, it is just mine.

The drive to New Mexico was stunning though.  The vegetation was much more lush and the land flatter (Thank you God!).  I have only been in New Mexico a short time, but I am really enjoying it and the people I have met so far.

It was a pretty uneventful day (thank you again God!) but it was a good day.  I am happy to have been around to see it 🙂

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