Seven things I learned from my Sedona vacation

Hello folks! Miss me? 😉 Well I just got back from Sedona Sunday night and took an extra day off Monday just to recoup my energy.

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Being off social media for about a week was quite refreshing. I actually did stay off the blog and Twitter, but believe it or not, I got a lot of [script] writing done on the plane, as well in the shuttle to & from Phoenix – Sedona on my iPad. So obviously I can’t REALLY turn off technology entirely, not even for a day. But hey, I spent more times outdoors in one weekend than I do in a given month. Suffice to say, I didn’t see a single movie either, not even in the hotel or on the plane.

Here are 7 things I learned from my extended weekend Sedona trip:

1. Firstly, my blog friend Cindy Bruchman is simply awesome!! Not only does she run a terrific blog that I visit on a regular basis, she’s even more warm and wonderful in person. She took us hiking on the Airport trail, which was literally just yards away from the Sedona airport, so we could get 360˚ view of the red rocks canyon. I got a bit of a heat stroke or maybe just dehydration, so we stopped and sat down under a shade for about 10 min or so and she kindly gave me her apple that definitely helped get my blood sugar level up again. What a true friend she was!

So THANK YOU Cindy for one of the best blogger meet-ups ever, and for a phenomenal hiking experience like no other.
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2. You REALLY can’t take a bad picture in Sedona, so obviously my amateur photographer hubby (who I think could go pro if he wants to, and I’m not just saying that ’cause he’s my hubby) had a field day. There was a wedding going on as we climbed higher and the guide commented that the wedding photographer had it made as he simply couldn’t take a bad picture up there.

The red rocks around us are so majestic that my neck is still sore from just turning every which way just trying to take in the view. Here are two my hubby posted on his Instagram:

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Can you spot the couple on the cliffs?

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3. Dry heat is definitely more bearable. Even though it was a little over 100˚ while we’re out and about, it was surprisingly more comfortable than I thought. I was pleasantly surprised my hair didn’t turn into a pile of goo as it usually would under the extreme humidity of Minnesota Summer, so thank God for that! Of course the breeze whilst we’re on the Jeep also helped a ton. The sun is scorching though, I must’ve easily turned three shades darker in just a matter of minutes!

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4. Speaking of the Jeep, one of the best things we did in Sedona was doing not one but two Pink Jeep Tour excursions. The first one was the Scenic Rim Tour which was definitely the bumpiest ride as we got on the off-road trail where the elevation changes vary from 500 to 1500 feet. The view is absolutely spectacular, especially from Schnebly Hill Road as we looked down on the town of Sedona and saw the entire Verde Valley spilling into the horizon.

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5. I always love learning a bit about history, so for the second Pink Jeep Tour, we chose the Ancient Ruin Tour to visit this Honanki Heritage Site to look at 700-year-old Sinaguan cliff dwelling. Located about 16 miles from town, we then spent a half hour on the ¾ mile walk through the ruins and see the pictographs and petroglyphs up close. It was wildly interesting as well as impressive to learn just how advanced and obviously intelligent the Sinaguan tribes were. Those who are into UFO stuff would also find some of those pictographs VERY intriguing 😉

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Oh, on the way to the ancient ruin, we passed by this 1,100 year-old tree called the Alligator Bark Juniper, as the bark literally looked like Aligator skin. So it sort of contradicted the name Sinagua which is a combination of the Spanish words “sin agua,” which means “without water,” as there seemed to be an evidence that this could very well be a water source of some kind.

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tarantulahawk6. I literally never heard of this insect before this trip. Most people know — and are terrified of — Tarantulas, and really, who isn’t? Well, apparently there are more commonly found in hot places like Arizona, and there were warning signs (with pictures!) just before we hiked to the ancient ruin. Yes, extremely comforting indeed, not to mention the threat of rattle snakes which the guides named Jake [shudder].

But apparently, there’s an insect that scared the s#%* out of tarantulas, imagine that. It’s called the Tarantula Hawk. It’s a spider wasp which hunts tarantulas. According to Wiki, the female tarantula hawk captures, stings, and paralyzes the spider, then either drags her prey back into her own burrow or transports it to a specially prepared nest, where a single egg is laid on the spider’s abdomen, and the entrance is covered. As the guide was explaining this, I actually feel sorry for tarantulas… or anyone who’s unlucky enough to ever got bitten by this damned thing.

7. Sedona is charming even as the sun goes down. The moon is often visible just before the sun goes down and it’s so lovely to look at it peeking from behind those red rocks. Simply breathtaking. The temperature went down pretty fast as the sun goes down too, it was very comfortable around 6 o’clock or so when we’re done w/ the Jeep tour, so we got some chilled coffee drinks and just took in the amazing vista all around us.

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BONUS:
Ok so this is not really Sedona-related but close. There are great places to eat in Phoenix. It so happens that our pal Tony picked the best places to eat whilst we’re there. He lives in Tempe but commutes to Phoenix all the time. On the first night he took us to a great Korean BBQ place, but my fave place is definitely The Henry. Awesome bakery and breakfast food, plus I LOVE the decor and ambiance!


Hope you enjoyed my non-movie related post from my weekend vacation. We’re definitely going back to this picturesque town and maybe visit the neighboring towns, including the historic mining town Jerome which is close to where Cindy lives.

Have you been to Sedona? 

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33 thoughts on “Seven things I learned from my Sedona vacation

    1. Thanks Brittani! Nice to get a little break from good ‘ol MN, though I actually prefer the cooler temps that we have now. Wish Fall would last forever here.

    1. It was Josh, can’t beat the view so definitely worth a visit. I’ve been quite consumed by my script, but that’s a VERY good thing 😀

  1. I have not been to Sedona, but I could definitely be convinced, given the right set of spas.

    I laughed at your second lesson and then enjoyed how you proved it over and over in your post – truly great photos. Looks like you had a great time. Selfishly glad you’re back, but yes, social media breaks are good for the soul!!

    1. Hi Jay! I actually didn’t visit a single spa once, but then again I’m not really a spa person. It’s all about the scenery for me. Yes, nature and NO social media is definitely good for the soul 😀

    1. Hi Drew! So are you settled in Florida now? I really love Sedona, it’s hot but because it’s dry, it’s quite comfortable. Plus the view can’t be beat!

    1. Hi Chris! It’s really one of the perks of blogging to meet up w/ fellow bloggers, hopefully we’ll meet up one day. As for Sedona, yes it’s a super scenic place!

  2. Looks like an awesome trip, Ruth! I can’t agree more about the dry heat being so much better than the Midwest humidity. Last November I was in L.A. and they were in the middle of a ‘heat wave’ at 90 degrees. It did not feel that hot at all. I know if it was 90 degrees in Chicago, I would be absolutely miserable…

    1. Hello Eric! Have you been to AZ? I really thought it’d be so unbearable, but glad it wasn’t. Humidity is really the enemy, not the heat 🙂 The 50 degree swing is crazy though, it’s already in the 40s here in the morning.

      1. Yep, I went to Phoenix about ten years ago. My sister actually lives there, so I’m about overdue for a visit. When I do go, I’ll have to make it a point to check out Sedona, too.

  3. I wish I can be there too!!

    The scenery looks awesome. So different with Indonesia but still as beautiful. My wish is to visit places like this rather than the big cities (well except for Tokyo and London). I love reading this, I feel like walking along with you too.

    1. Hello Nov, sorry somehow I just saw your comment. Oh I think you’d love Sedona since you love hiking. It’s hot but it’s dry heat so much more comfortable than Indo’s humidity.

      London is a beautiful city, never been to Tokyo but hopefully one day 😀

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