Long before we ever thought of the RV lifestyle, we purchased a timeshare, so from time to time, we take a break from the rig and book a week into one of the condos and just kick back. I look forward to the big luxurious kitchens and comfy couches that face fireplaces so that I can curl up and read, while Jack looks forward to the big bathrooms with great big tubs! 2013 got away from us, and I had to book a week fast or loose it, so I grabbed a spot in Sedona in early February of 2014 (still using the 2013 week). This is where we found ourselves this last week.
In my hurry to book, I guess I didn't read the "fine print", or maybe they just didn't share the details much about their rooms! Imagine my surprise when we came to our room, and found NOT the big comfy couch, nor the nice kitchen, but instead a bedroom smaller than the one in our rig! When I dashed back down to the front desk to explain how "this just wasn't going to work!" They explained right back to me that they were sorry, but that they were full, and there was nothing they could do! Ugh. Jack did have his big bathroom tho, so we made do. We ate out a lot....and sat by the pool and read. Thank goodness the weather was beautiful most of the time! OK, that's the first R & R...
Sedona Arizona is known for it's Red Rocks, but I have to say, they are even more beautiful at sunset and sunrise! Now, anyone knowing me at all, knows that I'm great at the sunset stuff, but getting me up early, well, that's just not my thing...but after we did the sunset, and Jack said "if you think this is pretty, you should see it at sunrise honey, the sun comes up over here, and hits those hills and just lights them up!" Well, he convinced me to do it. Valentines Day started with the alarm going off at O'dark hundred, up and at 'um we got, made a pot of coffee & dashed off to the airport (highest hill around and best view of the valley). Joined by a few other brave souls, we stood in the cold and slowly watched the sun do it's rise. It was worth it, every minute. Jack was right, beautiful. Afterward we found a great cafe and had a light breakfast. I didn't want to eat to much because I knew we would have much to eat aboard our great train ride later that day!
The highlight of our third R&R, was the RailRoad trip! We love trains and this one turned out to be one of the best so far! Verde Canyon Railroad Wilderness Train, out of Clarkdale AZ is a 4 hour train ride from Clarkdale to Perkinsville & back. We enjoyed the "Valentines Chocolate" special first-class coach that included more chocolate goodies, sandwiches, salad, munchies, champagne, etc than one could eat, along with wonderfully comfortable couches & small tables with an adjoining open-air coach to take pictures from. Narrated, of course, plus staff to point out additional sites and tend to your every need. Add to that a 73 degree sun-filled day and one couldn't ask for a more delightful adventure! We have been to the Sedona area many times, but had never taken this trip, what a delight it added to our week!
We managed to sprinkle in a day here & there of shopping at Tlaquepaque, a visit to Chapel of the Holy Cross, two movies supplied by the management and a visit with a girlfriend who lives in nearby Prescott. All in all, a lovely respite...
|Early Sedona sunrise|
|Sun hitting the Sedona valley|
|Our Chocolate Valentine set-up aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad Wilderness Train|
|Verde Canyon Railroad Wilderness Train|
...kicking back in Arizona, Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/