Slide Rock State Park

Trip Start Aug 09, 2004
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Trip End Aug 29, 2004


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Saturday, August 14, 2004

In the car now. Driving down US 40 headed towards Vegas. We are SO ready for some civilization. I'm anxious for bright lights and (hopefully!) a good cup of coffee. I've been drinking swill for days now. I actually had my first decent cup last night from a coffee shop in Sedona and it was so good I indulged myself in two large cups of it. (Which made me loopier than I intended...I barely slept last night.)

Even though we are anxious for a little excitement we had an amazing time in Arizona. The lazy pace of the area provided us with some much needed relaxation after the whirlwind that was our wedding weekend.

My take on the Grand Canyon: IT'S REALLY SCARY!! Yes, it is insanely beautiful. I could have stayed there all day with my mouth hanging open...from a distance. I want to know the statistic for the number of tourist deaths at the Grand Canyon each year because railings (where there actually are some) are low and where there aren't any you are able to walk right to the edge if you so desire (which I do not ever). Do you realize that the drop to the bottom is a MILE? Well it is. I have to believe that each year a few people fall in. Will someone google it and get back to me? Thanks.

Yesterday we decided to take in the sights Sedona has to offer. A guide told us to check out the Chapel of the Holy Cross-a Frank Lloyd Wright assisted church built into the side of the Red Rocks. We took lots of pictures because Nick's mom loves his work. The church was small inside but felt ominous due to where it sits. For no apparent reason it choked me up a little.

After the church we wanted to go to a place we saw in the vacation pictures Steph and Colin showed us of their trip to Sedona. We asked the guide "Where is the place where the waterfall is where people swim." (This is the best we could do based on the mental pictures that remained from what Steph and Colin showed us.) Thankfully he knew what we were talking about and he directed us to Slide Rock State Park. We packed up our swim suits, Gatorade and sun block and enjoyed an afternoon in the hot Arizona sun. There isn't a lot to 'say' about this place that would do it any justice so please refer to the pictures. All I kept thinking to myself when I was there was "This really exists in nature." It's so well laid out and fun that it seems like it must have to be a man made water park...but its not. After we swam for a bit we took the short hike and saw lizards, a weird blue bird and a squirrel (which, Tracey, we were warned when we drove into the park to avoid because they carry diseases.)

After lunch we headed back to Sedona and walked around the Tlquapaque (totally not spelling it right) arts and craft market and had lunch at the Oak Creek Brewery. We bought some fudge and the coffee that made me freaky and went back to our hotel room to relax. It was at this point that we realized that the events of the last week had caught up with us....exhaustion had set in. We had planned to buy some beers and take a last dip in the hotel pool but we never made it that far. ZzZzZzZzZz -Celeste

P.S. At some point I'm sure Nick will feel compelled to tell you how we spent our morning today and I just want to say in defense of myself that we have a hundred bucks in cash that we didn't have when we woke up.
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