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Weeks 32 – 34: Phoenix > Sedona > Grand Canyon > Santa Fe

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Phoenix has a lot of hiking within the city or in very close proximity, which made us wish more cities were like this. Post-hike we enjoyed the famous (and pricey!) English muffins from La Grande Orange. Aaron still talks about them weeks later.

Sedona is incredibly beautiful, even despite the mostly rainy/snowy/dreary weather we experienced. The landscape is something you have to see. It’s a tiny town surrounded by the most amazing, giant red rock formations. Everywhere you look is beautiful, and the Frank Lloyd Wright chapel is architectural perfection.

The Grand Canyon…there are really no words or photos to do it justice. It’s overwhelmingly massive. Take a look at the photo below the Grand Canyon title image. That’s a person at the top! It. is. huge. And while I’ve never seen it without snow, I suspect it’s more arresting in the off-season when it has a coating of sparkling, pristine white powder (and very few other tourists). At one point a group of deer walked right by us, including a mom and her baby. It was amazing.  The Grand Canyon is definitely in our top three favorite sights from our entire trip (the other two being Big Sur and the Tetons, which will also make it feel like your heart is going to jump out of your chest).

Santa Fe is often referred to as “The City Different” and it lives up to that title. It’s like no other city we’ve visited, with its charming adobe buildings and winding dirt roads. They’ve done their best to preserve that sort of old West feeling. I got a kick out of all the hot pepper decorations everywhere.

Lows

We found Phoenix to be very beige. Beige dirt, beige houses…architecturally uninteresting with the exception of some fancy modern homes in Scottsdale. It was “rough around the edges” in a lot of places too. We appreciated it being in the 70s when we visited (in January); however, the heat and smog in summer seems like it would get pretty unbearable.

The people in Sedona were kind of weird, and not in an endearing way. More like awkward, cold, and self-centered. And drivers don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks?? Also, worst Whole Foods ever! (Note: I know I’m being ridiculous but stay with me) The vegetables were wilted and rotting, and everything was super expensive. It’s a tiny town so I suppose there’s just not much turnover, but come on. If I’m paying $3.50 for one cucumber, it shouldn’t be mushy and slimy by the next day. Even the Natural Grocers there was lackluster.

Santa Fe is more rural than city, with coyotes making a ruckus at night and roads requiring high-clearance vehicles. Our little car made it through, but not without some concern and crossing our fingers each time we skidded through ice and mud. Our car was so caked in mud when we left we actually had to hose it down twice to get it out of the wheel wells.

Last but not least, there was a mouse poop situation at our Santa Fe AirBnB. My parents are going to crack up reading this, but I honestly thought it was just burnt rice or something when we arrived. I couldn’t understand how the “rice” kept coming back after I would wipe down the counters. I finally put two and two together when I left a banana on the counter on our last night there and it was all chewed up in the morning. So…now I know what mouse poop looks like. {shudder}

Recipes Made

raw beet ravioli / maple cinnamon chamomile tea lattes / one-pot creamy tomato soup

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  1. Kait says

    I MISS SEDONA! Also we had totally opposite experiences with both the Whole Foods and the people.

    But yeah no one stops at crosswalks – not a major city.

    Still has my heart though. My retirement home will be there one day. ALSO the center for the new age is right across from the timeshare we stayed at. these pictures made me SO nostalgic!

    Which hikes did you do?

    1. I wonder if our lackluster experience with grocery shopping and people had to do with visiting during the off-season (and also because the weather was kind of miserable most days)? I don’t know…but I’m glad your experience was better!

  2. Jennifer says

    “We found Phoenix to be very beige” XD I think that is how my mother described living in Phoenix. She and my father went to college there in the 70s and moved out before the big boom.

    It is too bad that you don’t have much time to check out some of the places in Southern Utah if you liked the Grand Canyon. I mean the Grand Canyon is clearly the most impressive, but I always loved checking out Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks. I know Cedar Breaks is awesome to see before the snow melts because it is like walking through a snowy fairytale forest to have it suddenly turn into red rocks. And Bryce Canyon has a cool trail, but my favorite is the Pronghorn that I’ve seen every trip.

    1. We really want to do another trip where we explore Colorado and Utah. Because of timing, we were concerned about driving our little car on those winding, steep, and snowy roads (treacherous!). Or, maybe we’ll buy a truck… 😉

  3. Tera says

    I live in Tucson and looove going up to Sedona. Your pictures are stunning.

    1. Thanks, Tera! Yeah, if we lived in the area, we’d regularly visit Sedona too.

  4. Allison says

    I lived in Phoenix for 3 years to “upgrade” from the Utah snow and it was the worst place I’ve ever lived. No soul, nothing to do, oppressive heat, not my kind of landscape, and the weirdos you mentioned encountering in Sedona are everywhere! Absolutely the worst part though was feeling like you couldn’t carve out your own unique space, because everything was so beigey and created to give people the bare minimum requirements they need to exist. Basically I hate Arizona lol.

    1. Tell us how you really feel, Allison! hahaha I hear you on Phoenix and the beige-y everything. Even though it was sunny and a nice temperature, it still felt kind of depressing to me. I suppose that’s why the real estate around where we stayed was sooooo cheap. Lots of people spending under $100k on apartments and making a killing renting them out on AirBnB.

      We didn’t get a chance to explore Utah this time around, but Aaron and I are both really wanting to go back.

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