Grand Canyon Trip–Sedona


A post from Kelli–

I’m working on a series of posts summarizing and sharing all of the fun that I’ve had on my recent trip to Arizona.

The first day of driving was a long one, but we ended out the day by visiting Sedona.  When we were driving through, they just so happened to have a little craft/flea market going on that we stopped at.  It was at the end of the day an many vendors were packing up there stuff, but we were able to visit a few.

Many had crafts, clothing, or jewelry that they were selling.  I found this wonderful puzzlebox–

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After talking to the seller, he told me that he makes these with his family in their family workshop.  I was amazed by the excellent craftsmanship and family dedication that he shared.  When looking for souveniers, I always want to find things that are authentic or were actually handmade by people, not produced in some factory.  I was soooo glad to find this!  And next door was a vendor selling popcorn–What else could a girl want?!?!

On our drive out, we were also able to see the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.

Sedona 2 (300x400)Aren’t they gorgeous?

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They are so different from what we have here in Iowa.  Different, but still beautiful!  And we were there at about the perfect time for some great shots.  After this little stop, we headed out and made it further up north to Flagstaff for an overnight.

Stay tuned to see where the rest of our travels took us in exploring the great state of Arizona.




Grand Canyon Trip–Lava Flow and Indian Ruins


A post from Kelli–

I’m working on a series of posts summarizing and sharing all of the fun that I had on my recent trip to Arizona.

After getting to Flagstaff, we quickly went to sleep and were up and at ‘em bright and early to go check out the Grand Canyon.  On our way, we stopped at an ancient lava flow.

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All of these rocks are made of lava from an ancient lava flow.  When checking them out, it was really interesting, but almost left me with more questions than answers.  How deep does the lava flow go?  What kinds of animals and remains are under and through the lava flow?  How long ago did this happen?

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It was also interesting to see some of the rock formations.  Three were a few hiking trails around that we saw people on, but we just took the short walking trail to get a couple extra looks.
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Grand Canyon Trip–Montezuma’s Castle


A post from Kelli–

I’m working on a series of posts summarizing and sharing all of the fun that I had on my recent trip to Arizona.

On the first full day in Arizona, we checked out some shops in Glendale.  After that, we jumped in the car and headed off to Montezuma’s Castle.

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On our way there, we stopped at one of the lookouts.  It is so interesting to see the different terrain and to experience the changes and differences in elevation.  It seemed like anytime we were driving, my ears were regularly popping.  We had stopped to grab some snacks that morning and I had grabbed a bag of popcorn.  Shortly after we had left the lookout, we were in the car and heard a loud pop, but weren’t quite sure what it was.  Turns out the pressure changes due to the elevation had popped the bag of popcorn.  Luckily it was in a bag so it didn’t get everywhere, but it was definitely something different.

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We just so happened to visit on free National Park weekend, so we were able to get in free!

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Montezuma’s Castle is an ancient Indian ruins site.  It is believed that the home was built into the rock to increase safety as it would be difficult to enter because it is built high up into the rocks.  There are 5 different levels here–but not all are visible.  It always perplexes me how they manage to do build homes like this with primitive tools and without modern conveniences. [Read more...]

Grand Canyon Trip–Glendale Shops!


A post from Kelli–


I’m working on a serious of posts summarizing all of the fun I had on my recent trip to Arizona!

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We were so lucky that Jason’s aunt Wendy lives near Phoenix in Glendale.  When we got there after flying all day, it was great to sit down, eat a meal, and take a nap.  Being the small town, middle of nowhere girl that I am, Arizona was sooo different.  The style of houses is so different and unique.  Also, even though it appears Wendy lives in a pretty nice area, doors are always locked and many houses have bars on them.  I really don’t think I’ve ever locked my car or even taken the keys out of it when it’s at home since I moved in with Jason–7 years ago.  Also–THERE’S NOT MUCH GRASS!  I think that was the biggest shocker for me.  I’ve seen pictures of houses from Arizona before too and noticed that they often have lots of tile and thought that was just crazy because the floors would get cold.  Surprise though–Arizona is not a very cold place.

After a much needed rest, we got up showered and headed out to check out the little shops in downtown Glendale.

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One of the first places we stopped at had homemade soap–The Pear and Berry was AMAZING!

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This little shop had a ledge of sorts above much of their merchandise that they used to display small furniture pieces.  I found lots of cool chairs and little end tables, but there’s no way that they would have been able to come back with me.

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This store also had a boutique in the back with tons of cute clothes!

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The next shop we stopped at was an antique store.  And they had tons of stuff!

My favorite part though was probably Charlie the greeting dog.  For a bit I thought he was just a statue, but he definitely wasn’t.  The shop owner said that they bring him down to the shop with them and he just hangs out for the day.  He was such a nice dog!  I definitely took a couple minutes to pet him and hang out with him as I was really missing Miss Puppycat!  I did snap a picture of Charlie… [Read more...]