We woke to clear blue sky...a nice change after our cloudy, gloomy day yesterday. We were sitting with our morning coffee and checking out hiking trails in the area when Deb texted asking if we'd like to join them for another trip into the Sedona area...for more pictures. There are lots of hiking trails to check out in the area but it's Saturday and parking is likely to be very busy...and an added issue for us with our truck. So we gladly accepted their invitation!
Our first stop this morning was at Bell Rock Pathway/Vista...as predicted the parking lot was jammed packed...lots of hikers/bike riders heading out. Deb lucked out, though, slipping right into a spot vacated by a truck. We took a short walk on the trail to get pictures. This is Bell Rock...
Then we took a drive to the end of Verde Valley School Road where it dead-ends at Oak Creek. The guys were hoping to get a shot of Cathedral Mountain with the sun shining on it...unfortunately, the sun hadn't moved around enough. Still a great shot...
PJ's Village Pub, just a short distance away. We found it located in a small strip-mall...very "non-descript" from the outside. I must admit it wasn't what I was expecting but it ended being a funky little neighbourhood pub serving, for the most part I suspect, locals in the Village of Oak Creek.
It did not disappoint...a great selection of craft beers on tap (as you can see, Ray and Deb ordered a flight, choosing a variety of six)
One of the most photographed scenes in the southwest is towering Cathedral Rock reflected in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. It should come as no surprise, then, that the picnic area located at that same site is as popular as it is beautiful. People come here to fish, swim, and wade in the creek, as well as to picnic and photograph the scenery.
The very first picture in the blog Steve took of Cathedral Rock was taken from the opposite shore which is a fair distance by road. Many people just walk across the creek.
The old barn is the only building remaining from the original homestead. Today the ranch house and other historic buildings are registered as National Historic Sites.
Once home it was, as Deb says..."Toes Up"! Time to relax in the sunshine for the rest of the afternoon. That was another great day of sightseeing!