Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Arizona & Vegas - Part 1: Sedona

Started off the Spring Vacation with a delayed flight to Phoenix on United Airlines with no TV/Movie seat backs and no Wifi.   Made the best of the 5 hour trip by watching "Singin' in the Rain" with Matt and Yamini.   Found a good place to stop on the 2 hour drive from Phoenix to Sedona - Rock Springs Cafe, with almost 20 kinds of pie.  We chose the Chocolate Creme and Blueberry Crumb.  Yummy.  http://www.rockspringscafe.com/

Got to the Enchantment Resort in Sedona http://enchantmentresort.com/when it was dark, so saw nothing of the property and went to sleep.   Woke up to find ourselves in the middle of the beautiful red rocks of Boynton Canyon.   Had to wrangle the activity desk in the morning because all the guided canyon hikes were booked up for the week, which was disappointing, so they kindly added a hike for us out in the Coconino National Forest. . Mund's Wagon Trail.
   Later in the day, my cousin Jonathan and his wife Jelena, who live in Phoenix, came up to hang out with us by the pool and have dinner.  We found two other PS234 families at the pool, and Yamini made lots of friends while swimming until her fingers looked like prunes.   Had dinner at a nice pizza and salad place in town, Picazzo's.  http://picazzos.com/

Day 2 - Yamini went to "Camp Coyote" at the hotel, the boys played cardio tennis and I did a mellow yoga class at the spa.   Took the boys into town for lunch and then went on a little hike outside the hotel property in Boynton Canyon before picking up Yamini and hanging at the pool some more.  We got all the contest-winning flavors of Lay's potato chips ("Chicken & Waffles," "Siracha," and "Parmesan Garlic Bread") and Matt walked around offering samples to people at the pool.  Drove 40 miles or so to the "Ghost Town" of Jerome which used to be a Copper Mining boom down until the Great Depression hit.  Now the town is kind of run down and artsy at the same time, and from what we read, slowly slipping down the hill at 4 in. / year.  Had a good dinner at the Haunted Hamburger http://thehauntedhamburger.com/, which included $1.99 margaritas for the grown ups.  Everyone had a bit too much sun today, so early to bed!

Day 3 - After similar morning activities for all, we took the boys for a nice filling lunch at the "Coffee Pot" http://www.coffeepotsedona.com/ which Matt voted best diner food ever (Omlette #32 out of 101 choices - avacado, mushroom, and spinach), then we went for a hike at Cathedral Rock, about a 30 minute drive away.  It was spectacular to look at from below and a short, but all uphill climb to an area of flat rocks with great views then a shimmy up a crevice (for the boys but not for me) to a higher plateau.  Very cool.

Great dinner at night after a 2 hr. 15 minute wait at Elote http://www.elotecafe.com/ - but worth the wait and enjoyed hanging out with our fellow downtown New Yorkers - Linda, Jonathan, Lucas & Maya.   Tomorrow we will try to get in a bit more swimming, yoga and tennis before packing it up for the Grand Canyon!!

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