This weekend, Nick and I decided we needed to get out of Flagstaff. We called Nick's sister and she said her fam needed a quick escape as well. We were both free on Sunday and wanted to meet somewhere half way for both of us so Sedona it was. Sedona is only about an hour away from flagstaff (closer to two hours away from phoenix) and it is one of my favvorite places to go to reconnect with nature. The red rocks are picturesque and the weather is always warmer than flagstaff but cooler than phoenix.
So we knew that we wanted to hike because it's sedona, duh, buuuttt Nick's sister is currently in her second trimester and his nephew is two. We decided on cathedral rock. Nick and I had hiked it two years ago and it was breathtaking. We chatted with his sister and she said they would do as much as they could.
The alarm went off at 8am on sunday and we text nicks sister to see if they were on the road yet and her response was, "massive toddler meltdown. brody won't go to the bathroom. can you facetime him and see if you can get him to go." They don't call them terrible twos for nothin'! After facetiming him and receiving a series of "no way!" chance finally "convinced" him to go potty.
The drive to sedona is one of my favorite car rides ever. As soon as you turn to go towards sedona, you are greeted was massive red rock that looks like it was hand placed into its location. Nick always drive us to sedona because the road is full of twists and turns. He treats it like he is in a cool car commercial as I cling on to the "oh shit bar" for dear life. I recently started my hand at photography so we pulled over a couple of times so I could capture the beauty that was in front of us. Pictures never will do this landscape justice.
Once we finally got to the trail head, we ended up making it about 3/4 of the way up before it became too steep for mr. brody parker. We sat and took in the view for a bit before it started to SNOW! (it was barely snowing but there was still a form of water coming from the sky) We headed for lower elevation in case the rocks turned into a slip and slide. Once we got to lower ground, we pulled out the picnic we packed. It was great to enjoy lunch and chat with Nick's sister and brother in law. We are so busy with school and they are so busy with life that we don't get to chat as often as we would like so we enjoyed every minute of it.
Once we got back to the car, we decided to head into town for some ice cream (brody's favorite- so much, it's his bday party theme) before we headed back towards our respective homes.
Sunday was a beautiful and a perfect day trip to get away. I long to see the world. For me, driving an hour away and being amazed by nature is consider a trip well traveled. It is my mission travel more in my own back yard and see more of Arizona this year.