March 3, 2004
We started out with a stop at the Arizona Biltmore to pick up one more couple, which gave us a total of 13 for the day. Everyone was comfortable in the van and Chuck switched our seating around at nearly every stop so we all got a change to have the best seats. Chuck is studying to be a teacher of history; so it goes without saying that he knows the history of Arizona.
Our first stop from Montezuma's Castle where Chuck toured us through the visitor center and historic site. He didn't just drop us off at the door as has happened on other tours I've taken around the world. After plenty of time there, we went up to Sedona, made a couple of visits including a stop for lunch. Some of us climbed back into the van for a run up into Oak Creek Canyon and a look at some snow while others shopped. Our final major stop was at the fantastic village of Jerome high up on Highway 89A.
Why a van tour? Well, frankly we didn't want to bother with renting a car, getting lost, hunting for parking places and missing a lot of scenery while trying to figure out maps. Chuck's kindness and knowledge of his territory made for a wonderful day out. Vaughan's vans have an automatic stair that makes climbing into and out of the van much easier than the usual effort. Chuck carried plenty of water for us and also shared some along the way with the guys who help out in the parking lots at the various sites. Does that tell you what kind of person he is?
Everyone had a very good day! Photographic opportunities were outstanding and made the day well worth doing. So do it!
From journal Jerome AZ, Vortex, and Elder Hippies