Monday, November 5, 2018

Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona, October 29–November 2, 2018

On Monday, October 29, my wife, youngest daughter, and I drove to the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The park is on Mountain Standard Time (an hour earlier than Mountain Daylight Time of our home), which gave us feeling of having an extra hour to drive.

It was dark as we drove the winding roads of the final few miles to our lodging at the National Park. The next morning we went exploring.

Youngest daughter at Yapapai Point, Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, Arizona, October 30, 2018

Barbara at Yavapai Point, October 30, 2018

Barbara and me, Yapapi Point, October 30, 2018. It was cold!

The next day we drove to Sedona, Arizona to hike and explore. Sedona has more roundabouts than any other place I've visited (including England). The residents there many retirees who grew up in hippie culture of the 1970's. The scenery was stunning.

Here we are setting out on a hike just above Sedona, Arizona, October 31, 2018.

There are many homes among the hills of Sedona. October 31, 2018.

More hiking in Sedona, Arizona, October 31, 2018

We visited the Roman Catholic Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona. In 2007, Arizonans voted it one of the seven man-made wonders of Arizona. (Unfortunately, this one photo doesn't do it justice.)

On November 1, Barbara and I left our daughter to do some serious hiking in Sedona while we drove a short distance to Prescott to visit the Fort Whipple Museum there.

Named after General Amiel Weeks Whipple, the fort is now the site of a  site of a veterans' hospital. Amiel explored much of the West prior to the U.S. Civil War. He died at the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 while defending Washington D.C.

One of the buildings of the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System at Fort Whipple in Prescott, Arizona. Photo taken November 1, 2018.

After the short visit to Prescott, Barbara and I returned to Sedona for another hike.

We awoke early on Friday, November 2, and drove back home. It was a fun vacation!