Raw Arizona

Deep sky view from the Grand Canyon


When light came the following morning, I didn’t have the energy to power through for another sunrise adventure. I had flirted with the idea of going back to Meteor Crater for the tour the facility gave, but that thought was competing with visiting the Petrified Forest. Ultimately, after having spent the entire day at the Grand Canyon, I felt that I’d be selling both experiences short, so I slept in. The other reason was that I was still feeling sick and wanted the extra time to adequately vacate the AirBnB as well as chart out the next few days on the southern half of Arizona.

Once I cleaned up and got my things packed, I charted a course for Sedona. Unlike Canyon de Chelly and the Grand Canyon, Sedona didn’t have one core natural attraction but many. Perhaps a better way of saying it is that the town is the attraction. The ride down from Flagstaff is easily one of the most scenic and beautiful I’ve ever taken. From lush, rolling hills, winding roads, flowing creeks, and towering mountains, Sedona is a land to behold. I can’t count the number of times I pulled aside on the road, threw on my hazards and shot what unfolded before me.