Saturday, May 7, 2011
Arizona - Sedona
Since this was the first overnight stop on our road trip enroute to the Grand Canyon, we splurged on a room with a spectacular balcony view. However it did not compare to the view that this mansion had of the most famous rock formation in Sedona, named Cathedral Rocks. There is even an observatory on the roof of the mansion.
On our second day in Sedona, we went on the most amazing guided tour of the trails in the Red Rock State Park. Two retired volunteer guides named Howard and Bob led the way, regaling us with their indepth knowledge of the trees and flowers, as well as and history of the area. We raced from the car to get there just as the tour was about to start. But as it turns out, we could have been much later and still caught up with the tour since they talked in such detail about every plant spotted along the way that it took almost half an hour to walk about 20 feet of the trail.
We learned that the horhound plant was used to make cough candy and were given a tasty sample, Soap Tree Yucca made walking sticks and the Juniper was used for gin.