Weekend in North Arizona

Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
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Trip End Jun 12, 2007


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Monday, April 16, 2007

14/04/07 am - North East from Fountain Hills to Payson - Through Indian Reservation country (Tonto National Park) Imagine driving through the Alps (or your favourite mountain range) but without the snow and a good deal warmer. I'm on top of the world at elevations, that normally, only ski lifts reach.
You know what it's like, when you're on a chair lift and there's the eerie silence created by the sound absorbing qualities of the snow and the "popping" of your ears is the only thing to break that silence.
Well, it's nothing like that! Not when the V8 is revving it's nuts off to get up these hills and then, with the window down, along passes a "Harley". But I guess you've got the picture.

Passing over dry river beds called "Camp Creek" and "Sycamore Creek" or to quote the correct Indian place names "Man who wet and don't know which way to turn" and " Man who wet with not so well smells, again", respectively.

After Payson I drove towards Sedona and stopped off in Cornville, Verde Valley, for a game of golf. (now there's a surprise!). Teed-off at 2.30 and finished at 6.15. Played with Marcus Shelby (isn't he famous?) and his friend Robert. Not a good course but once again the views were spectacular and I did shoot 73 (+3), so it was well worth the 27 for nearly 4 hours entertainment.
And for those of you who want to know whether I do anything other than golf (and I know there is a least one of you out there). Let me just say this, the injuries I've sustained in this game are nowhere near as painful as the other "pastimes" I've pursued!
And what other sport gives you a different view every time you play?

Arrived in Sedona at 9.00pm to find that the RV site was full so no option but to sleep in the car park. And now that I'm back in the mountains 4000ft above sea level I'll be wearing my PJ's tonight (too much info?)

15/04/07
- Up @ 6.00 Coffee and breakfast. Booked a 9.36 tee-off time @ Oak Creek Country Club - home of the Sedona Open and the Nestle Invitational. My most expensive round yet (73) and I wouldn't put it at my #1, although the "red rock country" backdrop did add that little bit extra (see photos). Dave and is wife Loretta (retirees from Denver) and Chris (a "member"!) were my Golfing buddies for the next 4 hours. Shot 80 (+8) with a quadruple bogey on #8!
Left Sedona @ 2.30 and headed for Flagstaff. Ended up in a RV site just off the 64 @ Williams "Gateway to the Grand Canyon". Cumulative mileage is now @ 6183.
I'm 7500ft above sea level and it's winter again, dry but sub-zero.

NB: Sedona is probably my favourite town so far, set below red rock mountains; there are no neon signs here. For once, it appears as though the authorities know about taste and subtlety. 
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