Sunday, April 22, 2012

Family Visits

Over the past few weeks we've had a few rounds of visitors here in Sedona. First, our niece, Jackie, and her friend, Jose, stopped by for a few days on their way on an action packed tour of the area. Jackie is a nurse at Brigham and Womens' Hospital and Jose is a doctor there. When their schedules lined up they headed west.

They arrived on a Thursday night in a bright blue Mustang convertible. Judy had prepared Chicken Marbella which was delicious. We just relaxed over dinner then sat on the patio and took in the dark western sky.

The next day we brought them on a hike through Soldier's Pass up to the Brins Mesa trail and then down to the Vultee Arch road. Judy met us there in the Jeep. On the way back for lunch, we dropped Jackie and Jose at the trailhead for the Devil's Bridge which they thoroughly enjoyed.

After lunch at Nick's, we drove out to the Honanki ruins. Everyone has to see some of the ruins of cliff dwellers when here in Sedona.

From there, we took the back road through Loy Canyon and back to town. All this followed by cocktails on the patio and a nice fire in the fire pit.

The next day, Jackie and Jose wanted something a bit more substantial for a hike. So, I suggested they tackle the Huckaby Trail from the Midgely Bridge to Schnebly Hill, then hike to the top of the Munds Wagon Trail and back. Here is Jose helping Jackie across Oak Creek at the beginning of the Huckaby

It was a long hike and they pooped out around the trailhead for the "cow pies" where I picked them up. We drove up Schnebly Hill for some of the views and then came back to our place. They showered and went to Tlaquapaque where we met them for a late lunch at El Rincon.

They next day, they played golf at the Sedona Golf Resort and had a great time. After that, they came back to our place where we watched The Masters and they "finally" left on their 3 hour trip to head for the Slot Canyons of Page and then the Grand Canyon. Jackie will have to provide photos of that part of the trip.

After the Canyon, they drove back to Phoenix for a few days at the Wigwam Resort. We decided to take in a few cultural events in Phoenix, so we drove down and met them for lunch at the Heard Museum.

Don't they look like a nice couple? We had a very nice time with them and look forward to getting together at home.

1 comment:

  1. Jose looks really 'helpful' guiding Jackie across Oak Creek. What's his specialty? Remind me not to use him for a consult.