Just a few pix. Our rental had -zero curb appeal but was clean and comfortable. It wasn't all that cheap, about $120.00 a day + a $75.00 cleaning fee, but OK for this ridiculously expensive area. It was decidedly on the downside of town, but we did not care.
We went to the health food store and Safeway and bought food, eating out only once. Our one restaurant meal there was in an overpraised Thai restaurant, and the service was very slow. We left some food in the fridge, and the owner said that that was fine, because the cleaning woman would take the food. "That is a perk of her job," she said. I kid you not. Honestly, aren't people incredible?
My interest in holistic medicine and crystals and little shoppes full of tourist junk being what it is, Sedona itself was not really my cup of tea.The town has put in roundabouts, which helps with the traffic. My feeling is that it's too bad that this area of stunning natural scenery should ever have been developed at all. It should have been turned into a National Park instead. Too late for that, of course. It is definitely not my kind of town.
However, the hikes in and around the area and our trip to the Grand Canyon were great. All of this was free with our Golden Age lifetime admission to the National Parks and Monuments. So here are some of the wonderful things we saw. I will post more photos later. This is from an early evening easy hike we took to teapot rock, I think it's called. I'm not actually sure about the names of some of these things.
It would be hard to find another place where the beauties of nature and the ugliness of human settlement clash so profoundly.