on December 15, 2004
Depending on where you live and where you vacation, the landscape of Sedona can be as familiar as your commode or as alien as your mother-in-law's meatloaf. I was in Phoenix on a business trip in the spring of 2004, and as a side trip, my collegues and I traveled the 1.5 hours north to visit this supposed red rock heaven. Being from Washington DC, I am not used to seeing the expanses of barren landscape that accompany the trip from Phoenix to Sedona. About 10 minutes after exiting Interstate 17N, I started seeing monstrous red mountains appearing over the horizon. The closer you get to Sedona, the more amazing the landscape becomes. It is worth entering the visitor's center to obtain road maps and hiking maps of the area. Our first stop was the Andrew Lloyd Weber creating 'Chapel of the Holy Cross.' The church itself is an amazing architectural structure. From the church, you also get an excellent panoramic view of the region (the mammoth house with an observatory located a stone's throw from the church belongs to Nick Cage). After visiting the church, we drove to one of the several dozen hiking trails and spent a few hours exploring that particular region. The hot sun, coupled with the semi-difficult hiking terrain, will put you in the mood for some food and drink. There are several restaurants in Sedona, each a bit pricey but worth the loot, especially if you get a table outdoors with a view. I found the Mexican cuisine to be above average and the Coronas just as cold and delicious as here in Washington!
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