Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 15 - From Pine trees to Cactus Trees

It was -4 Celsius when we awoke in Flagstaff this am. We were on the road by 7:30. First we went down a long winding road then up a very long winding road and down again on a long winding road and then up again and now we're down again. Suffice it to say Susie is no longer allowed to choose the route we take. JD's nerves and the truck transmission won't permit it. The roads looked straight on the 1/1,000,000,000 scale we have on our maps but proved otherwise. The elevation gains and losses would also have been helpful to know ahead of time. But we survived and arrived in Quartzite to 22 Celsius weather. The highlight of the day was our stop in Sedona. It proved to be an eclectic, artistic, touristy community that we wouldn't mind exploring further. It was interesting to note the contrast to the way tourists are managed in Sedona versus Moab. There was much more emphasis on encouraging people to explore on their own in Moab. Whereas Sedona seemed to want to channel everyone into some sort of guided Jeep or Hummer tour. They proved quite persistent as well. At one point we thought we were in Mexico talking to the condo salesmen.

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