We eventually left Sedona to start the 2 hour drive to The Grand Canyon, aka the big ditch (thanks Bill). We started the day in shorts, t-shirts and flip flops and as you can see from this first image, our elevation got higher and higher, just look at those winding roads we drove! And as we got to this lookout elevation point to take these pictures, the winter coat came on.
This was the first time I pulled the car over to take a picture. Seeing this sign was a big marker for me. I made it!
My very first sighting of the Canyon. I was overwhelmed.
I was just as inspired by the scrubby foliage around the Canyon.
This is my shadow in the image. I wanted to show you how close to the edge you can stand. Or at least, my edge. : )
Being two early birds, we were eager to get up and explore the beautiful area of Sedona in the morning. Our early morning explorations generally followed a soak in the hot tub and breakfast, but this particular morning we wanted to catch the sunrise and I’m so happy we did. We wound our way up a tiny steep hill of a road and found ourselves parked inside an escarpment from which to explore our immediate surroundings as well as a lookout on the town. It thrilled me to wake and be greeted by these gorgeous red rocks each morning. This second image you can see a hot air balloon making its rise. I counted 4 by the time we left this spot.