~Sunday, November 15, 2020~
Day 154 (Travel Day-though short)
Woke up to a beautiful day in Arizona. We’re looking forward to our stay in this state for the next few weeks as it’s been 26 years since our last visit to Sedona and Flagstaff. Fall is definitely in the air here. Nice to be back to that season as it is my favorite time of year. The biggest challenge with this is switching out the wardrobe again as we don’t have the space to put both winter and summer attire in our small closets. So out come the vacuum storage bags again. In the past 3 weeks, we have really experienced an array of temperatures from 5 degrees in Colorado Springs to today’s 70 degrees in Sedona.
We left our parking lot site at the casino around 10:30 a.m. only to enter the Flagstaff/Sedona area with our jaws a-droppin’. The scenery here is absolutely stunning, set amid beautiful red rock mountains, buttes and canyons. It took us about 45 minutes to find the perfect site once we turned off of Loy Butte Road dispersed camping, and we are not alone.
There are a lot of RVer’s/campers here with the amazing warm weather and beautiful scenery. Sedona is having unseasonably warm temperatures, as the high for the week is supposed to be in the mid to upper 70’s, and the night low’s at 50. The low’s lately for us in Santa Fe were in the low 20’s.
We drove in about 5 miles after the turnoff per the suggestion of an ATV tour guide where finding the perfect site did have some challenges and frustrations. As we were trying to maneuver the trailer into its spot amongst stiff, low lying brush all around, we scratched the side of the trailer (mostly surface scratches). We did not know that they could do that much damage. Hopefully we’ll be able to buff out most of it, but there are a few scratches on the decorative decals on the side, so we might want to get those replaced. We quickly forgot our woes as we realized just what an awesome setting we were in. And it helps to have fun neighbors. Heather and her cute furry friend are from San Diego doing a short 2 week travel stint to the area in her 2018 Dodge sprinter van that she bought used with only 20,000 miles on it. She’s really an RV rock star as she does nearly everything herself. Electrical, plumbing, etc. As we exchanged stories and margaritas over a shared campfire and the most amazing star gazing skies,
we learned she is engaged to a man that she’s been dating for over 8 years (no kids) and hopes to retire early from her biochemist career in about 15 years (she’s in her mid thirties). Even though she has her home base in San Diego, she has the option to work remotely, with her van pretty dialed in. She continued to impress us as she loves making her own cheeses and curing her own meats. She says it’s the chemist in her.
While we had a yummy, late taco Sunday dinner, we planned out our time here in Arizona, looking forward to many alluring hikes and sights that lie ahead.