Sedona-It’s a Mess

Last week, we flew to Phoenix, Arizona for the Javelina Jundred 100 mile Trail Run. We went out a day early so that Debbie could acclimate with the heat and adjust to the two hour time difference. Fortunately, the heat wasn’t a factor. The temperature was in the low-80’s (F). The two hour time difference doesn’t really matter when your race starts at 6:00 A.M. and lasts 20 hours. 

Anyway, we decided to drive to Sedona for the night and see why visitors rave about the place.


The true draw of Sedona is the beautiful redrock formations. I have to admit that they are pretty good. The community itself is another version of “Greenwich in the Mountains.” It had a lot of the same characteristics of Park City, Utah, but it was more holistic and mystical. There were lots of places to have practice yoga, get spa treatments, and purchase magic crystals. The place really has a “spiritual economy.” There are also lots of trophy homes. 

I was wishing that I had my mountain bike because there are miles of trails. We didn’t even get a chance to hike. It was a short trip and I had a lot of work do do from my laptop and phone. Nevertheless, we got to experience the place and enjoy an awesome full moon rise. 


Sedona was vegetarian friendly. We found several options and chose to eat lunch at D’Lish, an excellent 100% vegan restaurant. The BlueberryVanillaDateShake smoothie was awesome. 

The Arizona Department of Public Works was really testing the visitors and business owners. They opted to rip up and widen the main road between the towns of Oak Creek Village and Sedona. Miles of road were under construction, which cause dust storms and traffic jams. 

At one point, our two year old said, “Sedona-It’s a Mess!”



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