Saturday, August 9, 2014

Aloha from Sedona, or Things to do in AZ when you're not in HI

So, not one, but TWO hurricanes threaten the Hawaiian islands this week. Though one is to hit north, and one is to hit south, they still canceled our flight from Phoenix.

Not to be deterred, we found a hotel, rented a car, and drove to Sedona.

I have never been anywhere like it. Even the drive through the mountains and the scrubby desert brush was beautiful.

We even saw a little bit of wildlife.

The red rocks of Sedona were spectacular.  I won't even try to describe them, but the pictures almost do it justice.

Everything man made in Sedona is designed so it doesn't detract from the natural beauty. Houses are tucked away behind curves and switchbacks.  All the roofs, shingles, and siding match the colors of the landscape.  And square intersections are right out.

That was the most unusual, and brilliant, feature of the town. All intersections were roundabouts, which is a brilliant way to prevent speeding. You simply can't go too fast going round a curve,  and you have to slow down at each intersection, too.

A little nauseating, but clever, effective, idea.

Looks like we will fly out and start the Hawaiian leg of our adventure this afternoon.

Mahalo for reading!

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