a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, September 10, 2015

a bit closer, but still not there

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........

stay tuned..........

47 comments:

Paula Kaye said...

Those pictures are beautiful. I have heard a lot of Sedona but have never been there. If I ever come I will visit during the week. LOL! I'll bet that wine was good though!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Beautiful photos, but oh how frustrating! Better luck next time.

Eileen T said...

Beautiful scenery. Maybe it's going to be a case of third time lucky to get there!

Sally said...

Lovely photos,shame about the traffic. Perhaps you'll have better luck next time.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'd be retiring that GPS too. So close, but yet so far. Although you did make it to the town limits. Maybe now that Labor Day has come and gone there won't be so many tourists out and traffic won't be so bad for your next trip. The scenery is beautiful and so different from our part of the country. I'm glad you are sharing pictures of your adventures.

Blogoratti said...

Fascinating photos indeed.

Bijoux said...

You know I love Sedona! I remember the traffic being bad on the main road at dinner time even during the week. How fun to visit the area and try some wine.

susie said...

Wow. It wasn't so crowded back in the 90s.

Linda said...

Beautiful photos! I didn't realize how congested traffic gets there, would not bode well with me. So long Lola! Enjoy your upcoming visit with family.

Maria Zannini said...

I remember going to the Grand Canyon once. According to the road sign it was only a few miles away, but because of the long line of cars, it took hours.

At least you got in some beautiful scenery.

Jo said...

Impressive views. One day you will get there no doubt.

Mevely317 said...

I'm astonished at that traffic jam! I thought about taking that ride in the next week or so, but may reconsider; and just visit Cottonwood ... love that town. :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Some amazing shots. What gorgeous scenery!

Intense Guy said...

Such beautiful country!!!

Shame their is so much traffic (it will eventually destroy the nearby wilderness.)

Just Lola needs to be re-purposed... maybe she'd make a bookend or a trivet or something...

Pat Hatt said...

Sure quite the site, until the traffic haha sounds like Sedona is a happening spot. They don't want to let you in lol conspiracy.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Gorgeous place! I hope you get closer next time.

Saleslady371 said...

Oh, this is too funny. Sorry it was so crowded, but at least you enjoyed the scenery more than if you would speed through! Photos are lovely and I'm so glad you enjoyed old town Cottonwood. Those old shops are fun and the food is good out that way!

It is way too crowded for me in the old part of Sedona, I like the Village of Oak Creek much better. Breathtaking. Glad you had a good time!

salemslot9 said...

an old school paper map
when you're on the road
study map on computer
construction, etc...
before you leave home ;)

jack69 said...

I just stopped by to say HI! then back to bed.
love the country side out there. My Favorite thing out there. It sure makes me feel small, the wide open spaces and HUGE outcropings.

Wendy said...

When we visited Sedona, our first thought was, "Why did pioneers keep going west? This place looks too beautiful to leave it."

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Those pictures are beautiful! I love the winery photos!

Jerralea said...

Wow, who knew Sedona would be that difficult to visit? I'm intrigued, there must be some really good stuff there!

Chatty Crone said...

I sure do think those photos were gorgeous - you have to know that there is a God don't you? Beautiful. Have fun with your brother and get to Sedona!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The scenery is gorgeous. Glad you made it to the City Limits. I guess that is a trip for a weekday. We would have turned around too! Looks like the day turned out to be fun with your trip over to Cottonwood. Interesting facts!

Liz A. said...

Failed attempts to see Sedona... I see a series. You'll have to tell us if it was worth the trip if you ever do get there.

Veronica Lee said...

Beautiful place! Hope you get closer next time!

Deanna said...

It is such a shame you ran into such traffic. My sis lives in AZ and I visited her a few years ago. We vacationed in Sedona and did not run into any such traffic! I guess that is the perks of traveling driing the week rather than on the weekend! Now you have a reason to go back. You certainly know how to make lemonade out of lemons!

Jeff Bushman said...

What an amazing view. Can you climb on those at all? I would have to run my hands along the rock. Beautiful.

yaya said...

You know how to make the best of a bad situation...or at least a frustrating situation! Hope you make it to Sedona next time and I hope it lives up to it's reputation...if not I know you'll find a good place to eat and enjoy the scenery!

Linda said...

Beautiful photos!

Rhonda Albom said...

Oh my goodness, I hope you get there soon. It is so lovely. Although with traffic like that, parking probably isn't so great.

Blue Grumpster said...

Great pictures. I'm so jealous. :)

Sunni said...

Betty,

I hope you do make it to Sedona. It's like that all over, the gorgeous red rocks. The scenery is very similar to where I live now. I always find it breathtaking But I'm shocked at that much traffic! Wow! I bet the town is just as packed and parking a nightmare. You best try during the week and maybe that will be better.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming visit with your brother. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures with us.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

DMS said...

Beautiful pictures! I am glad you got closer and saw some gorgeous sights. I hope your next attempt doesn't involve so much traffic, but at least now you know what days not to go!
~Jess

Stephen Tremp said...

Wow! Amazing pics. We visited about fifteen years ago and really need to get back out there soon.

SweetMarie said...

how beautiful! missed your blog, but I'm back! :)
hugs,
Marie

Susan Kane said...

If it weren't for July and August, we'd live in Sedona. Most beautiful place, none other like it. We ate at some of those restaurants, too.

Nick Wilford said...

Well, at least you saw some nice scenery and had some great food and wine! You'll get there one day - maybe it's like some kind of mystical land that takes a lot of cunning to get to. :)

Lux G. said...

How spectacular!

Chrys Fey said...

Look at that scenery! I am so jealous. I have always wanted to take a trip there to see all of that in person. My camera could be getting a workout.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Those pictures are lovely. You have such fun adventures.

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Sharon said...

Keep at it, Betty. The trip and visit to Sedona is well worth the time and effort. Seems, though, that your side trips are rather rewarding, too!!

GOD BLESS!

Danielle L Zecher said...

That does look like a really pretty drive. I hope you make it there soon.

diedre Knight said...

Sedona is a bit more commercialized than I care for but it truly is beautiful country! Your adventure sounds delightful just the same :-)

Secret Agent Woman said...

I would like to go to Sedona sometime - I just did't have time to fit it in when I went to Arizona earlier this year.

Ruth said...

Pretty view. Hope the other way in works a lot better.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

very pretty!! I am not sure I would want to fight that kind of traffic every week if I lived there, but I'd probably do it once, if the opportunity ever arises.

By the way...I am still not getting any notifications that you've posted. Not that I've been very aware of anything this summer, but I do notice that you're never in my feed.