We attempted to visit Sedona once again this past Sunday. This time we used hubby's cell phone, though attempted to see if Lola would redeem herself and get us there (she didn't and wanted to send us somewhere totally different yet again; so she's probably going to be retired).
I knew we were heading in the right vicinity when I saw this along the way. I did wonder though when hubby's phone said we were 15 miles from Sedona but would arrive in 52 minutes. It didn't seem possible that it would take so long to go those few miles, but soon I saw that it was possible.
We drove, enjoying the scenery.
Beautiful, isn't it?
Yes, the end is in sight. We actually were in the city limits.
But for the most part, we had spent an hour in this type of traffic and had only gone about 5 miles. We figured it had to be busy because of the holiday weekend, but no, it is just that busy on most weekends.
So we decided to turn around when we could, away from this, but thinking it might be better to attempt a visit when it was less crowded.
and had lunch here at the Village of Oak Creek, delicious food; didn't take pictures this time of our meals.
and then because we were so close (only about 30 miles away) we decided a quick trip to Cottonwood was in order to visit this (which we joked reminded us of the Pillsbury Dough Boy, but in reality named for Sam Pillsbury, an owner of the winery, a film maker, made Free Willy 3, Quiet Earth, not sure what other movies).
and enjoyed again a bit of wine tasting.
So we actually were so close to downtown Sedona, but not quite close enough. The lady who helped us at the winery laughed when I mentioned we had attempted to visit Sedona and said basically everyone used to go on Saturdays, but Saturday got so crowded, now they go on Sundays but that too is crowded. She said you never know how it will be. Later, hubby mentioned at work our misadventure to try to get to Sedona. An employee of his told him of another way in to Sedona, less crowded. We'll try that way in about a month and a half. My brother and his wife are visiting there for a week; we're planning to go up for a few days. Maybe we'll actually get to downtown Sedona.
or maybe not.....
time will tell........