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Washouts, floating snakes and a giant potato.

Leaving Winslow, Arizona you see a lot of….

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Until you see these…

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And start looking for a restaurant here…

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We’d heard there was a wonderful place to eat dinner at the Orchard.

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Unfortunately…

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We didn’t bring our white water landing craft.

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This is what happens in Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona when it rains.

And mind you, I’m not talking about torrential downpours. The rain we’d had the night before wouldn’t have been enough to properly soak my garden back home in Maine.

But road after road, and driveway after driveway were impassable.

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Except for snakes.

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Apparently those suckers float right on by.

By the time we got back to Sedona it was dark, and we ended up here.

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A well reviewed steakhouse.

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It was pleasant…

And I was thirsty.

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To hell with doctors orders, I’d been a good girl and was feeling fine.

Prickly pear pomegranite cosmo?

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Come to momma!

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The salads were lovely with fresh local greens, candied pecans, goat cheese and pears with a tangy citrus vinaigrette.

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The yeast rolls with sea salt cultured butter? Light as air…

And yes, I ate 3.

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But the steaks?

Ooh la la!

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My filet mignon with truffle butter was everything you want a steak to be.

Of course for $52 it should be.

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And my baked potato was huge.

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Well, not quite.

But damn…

Now I totally want to go to the potato museum!

Canadian Potato Museum PEI

The Canadian Potato Museum is a living testament to the humble tuber and those who have tilled the soil in its evolution. 

We celebrate all things “potato”.

Highlights include the world’s largest exhibits of potato-related farm machinery, agricultural and Community artifacts and the world’s largest potato sculpture.

The world’s largest potato sculpture?

It doesn’t get much better than that!

Who’s with me?

Great!

B.Y.O.P.

(Bring your own peeler)

Rocks, a cowboy and not quite the World’s Largest Ball of Twine…..

 

Arizona red rocks.

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Because they’re gorgeous….

 

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And I can.

 

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While cruising through these beauties in Sedona, we spotted our first cowboy.

 

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Okay, he was the only cowboy we ever spotted….

 

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And he probably wasn’t even a real cowboy, because I doubt cowboys live in houses like this…..

 

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But hey –

My post, my delusion.

 

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Our next adventure took us north to Flagstaff on a wonderful scenic road over the mountains and through Oak Creek Canyon.

 

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We’d had a little rain the night before, and when you get a little rain in these parts? You get floods, road washouts and water pouring out of cliff sides.

 

 

Route 89A is 29 miles of twisting, turning, switchback filled climbing.

 

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And well worth taking if you’re ever in the area.

After Flagstaff, we headed east…. where we saw this.

 

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And this.

 

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And a whole lotta this.

 

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Which was basically nothing, for miles on end.

Until…

 

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Until…

 

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We saw this.

 

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What is it?

 

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I have no freakin’ clue!

But clearly it was one of those marvelous old roadside attractions from back in the 50’s or 60’s. You know the ones. The World’s Largest Ball of Twine? The donut shop shaped like a donut?

 

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I’d totally make a pilgrimage to see those.

I mean really….

 

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Who wouldn’t have wanted a Brontosaurus burger?

 

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Or a piece of Shoo Fly Pie served from inside a windmill.

The giant bug is open?

 

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Let’s go!

 

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I was born in the wrong decade….

 

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Because come on, that’s pure gold.

But alas, whatever this was….

 

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It was neglected, abandoned and unloved…

And for sale!

A bygone era brought back to life?

The husband said –

 

 

But oh..

Think of the blogging possibilities.

A lost cause.

 

Making our way up the hill…

 

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We passed gardens.

 

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And rocks!

 

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And then we saw…

 

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The church.

 

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I have to say I was a little disappointed.

The setting and views were drop dead gorgeous…

 

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Look! There’s my Arizona (winters are too cold in Maine) cottage.

But the church itself?

 

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Seemed a bit of a let down.

Granted, I’m not religious and wasn’t filled with the holy spirit…

 

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But when we opened the door…

 

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And stepped inside?

I admit it.

I felt…

 

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Something.

The quiet reverence moved me.

And it’s simplicity filled me with a feeling of utter…..

Peace.

 

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No.

I’m not signing up for bible study and I won’t be saying bless you child with every second breath.

But I didn’t burst into flame upon entry either… so that was a good sign.

Downstairs, in the little gift store where the husband went to buy something for a co worker who moonlights as a pastor, I overheard the saleswoman say that many people experience odd feelings when entering this church.

I found out later that the building site is actually one of Sedona’s famous spiritual vortexes. A cross point between energy fields in the earth’s grid system. There’s a lot of woo woo surrounding the vortex phenomena …. but Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids are also built on such sites.

So who knows?

Maybe I was touched by an ancient Druid.

 

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Anyway you look at it….

 

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It was a beautiful place.

 

 

And I’m very glad we went.

 

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Even if we didn’t get to pick the flowers.

 

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Or walk on the rocks.

 

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Geesh, for a laid back spiritual place they sure had a lot of rules.

 

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So after sucking up what healing vibes we could…

 

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We headed back down.

 

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Surrounded by those lovely red rocks.

 

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We also passed some interesting cactus on the way out.

The blooms on this one were like hard rubber.

 

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And then there was this spikey weirdo.

 

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And finally?

 

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The end.

 

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Of this post.

Not the Arizona trip series.

 

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A heavenly spot.

Let me preface this post by saying I’m the least religious person you’re ever apt to meet. So when numerous people told us we had to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona I was like….

Yeah.

I’ll get right on that.

But visit we did, and all I can say is…..

Wow.

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It’s a strange looking place at first glance. Seeming to rise out of the rocks themselves.

(Yes, dear readers…. there will be rocks in this post)

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Sitting on the top of a hill…

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I admit I was breathless by the time we reached it.

(And no, not with the Holy Spirit. With my out of shape, menopausal, slightly over 40 – stop laughing! – body.)

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But the view from on high?

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Worth a little gasping.

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It was at this point I told the husband I’d move to Arizona if we could live… there.

In that humble abode.

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We hadn’t even reached the church yet and I was in love.

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With what?

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With the rocks!

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Well…

We all know I will.

Ravens, balls, and a giant chicken.

In other words, a post with random photographs that don’t merit their own blog.

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Have I mentioned that driving around Sedona, Arizona is beautiful?

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Well, it is.

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Majestic. Grand. And at times breathtaking …

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Yeah, it really does.

We drove, we explored… and never knew what was around the next bend.

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Sometimes it was giant chickens.

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Other times, rocks that wore hair nets.

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We saw houses built on every imaginable rock ledge..

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And ravens.

Ravens everywhere….

“Often honored among Native American medicine & holy men for its shape-shifting qualities, the Raven was called upon in ritual so that visions could be clarified.  Native holy men understood that what the physical eye sees, is not necessarily the truth, and he would call upon the Raven for clarity in these matters.

Foremost, the Raven is the Native American bearer of magic, and a harbinger of messages from the cosmos.  Messages that are beyond space and time are nestled in the midnight wings of the Raven and come to only those within the tribe who are worthy of the knowledge.”

I don’t know how magical they were… or what message they were bringing.

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But the owner of this truck left his garbage bags in the bed.

Bad idea.

Very bad…

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On the way to Flagstaff,  we crossed a bridge…

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And I saw a giant silver eagle perched on a store filled with Indian jewelry.

I pointed.

I yelped.

I might have squeeeed in delight.

And the husband read my subtle display as a signal to stop.

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The large silver deer was equally as impressive… and then we went inside.

Holy Mother of God…. it was divine! Case after case of stunning Native American silver and stone jewelry from every artist and tribe imaginable. I’d been wanting to bring a nice piece home with me and hit the jackpot here as far as selection. I happily roamed the aisles, eyes bugging out with glee and tried to decide which little lovely would be riding my wrist, finger or ears in the near future.

(No pictures allowed, sorry)

I finally narrowed it down to 3 pieces. Earrings, a ring and a necklace. I could feel the husband sweating from across the room… and I knew the wallet was going to take a hit, but come on. I’m worth it.

You know what? I’m not.

Not even close.

Earrings?  $2,100

Ring?  $3,200

Necklace?  (I think the husband may have fainted as this point)  $5,450

Yeah. For silver.

The prices were enough to make even me gulp.

And leave empty handed.

Now…

Can we talk about balls for a minute?

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I’m seeing balls in every resort we visit.

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Balls in every shape, size, texture and color.

Yes, balls.

I’m not saying this is a bad thing, just wondering why everyone has suddenly jumped on the balls bandwagon.

Random rocks.

Beautiful Ygritte Meme Game of Thrones Fantasy Football Team Names

 

Oh sure, you’re fine if  Jon Snow presents them.

 

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After hiking Red Rocks State Park, we drove around and looked at….

 

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Rocks!

 

 

(Come on, were you really expecting anything else?)

 

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We did pass this….

 

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Whatever this was.

 

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Is he climbing in.. or out?

 

 

Who cares?

It’s weird… and built with red rocks. That’s enough for me.

 

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Yeah, probably.

 

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As we were driving, a storm started brewing…

 

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The eerie kind…

 

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Where the light takes on that spooky, it’s time to rock and roll! hue.

 

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The colors were amazing.

 

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By the time we got to uptown Sedona…

 

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It was raining…

 

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And the pink jeep tour people were wrapped in plastic.

 

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Not really….

Saran Wrap was never my color.

A Red Rocks washout…

 

After our fruitless climb and search for the Apache Fire House, we kept walking.

 

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Trying to avoid my husband’s Kryptonite. Seriously, any interaction with this evil plant sends my other half to the emergency room.

And he gets it everywhere.

Need I say more?

 

 

We walked some easy paths….

 

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And some that lead to benches.

 

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Personally, I think I could have found that without a stone rimmed path… but I’ve always been good with directions.

And in the distance? That damned house we couldn’t find…

I mean, crikey!

It was right there.

 

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But we found interesting tree bark… so smooth and spotted, it almost looked painted.

 

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Yes, that’s how boring these posts have become.

I’m talking about tree bark.

 

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We found a classroom…

 

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Where the husband waited in vain for a teacher.

 

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Then scanned our information leaflet and found another trail that would eventually lead to the Apache Fire House. I said, “Let’s go!”

No ruined shell of a building was going to beat me.

 

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But of course…

 

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It did.

And I learned that the least amount of rain can cause flash floods and washouts in this part of the world.

 

 

 

So I admitted defeat, cursed the house we couldn’t reach…..

 

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And called it a day.

We walked past an outdoor arena…

 

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Back to the visitor center…

 

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Found a hummingbird garden with no hummingbirds….

 

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And a strawberry hedgehog cactus…

That looked nothing like a strawberry or a hedgehog.

 

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Exactly.