Sedona and the beautiful red rock!
Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
39Trip End Mar 31, 2010
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Today, Rachel and I left Phoenix and headed north towards Sedona. On our way, we stopped at the Arcosanti "urban laboratory". Arcosanti was designed by an architect named Paolo Soleri. His redesigns of urban communities are in response to the destructiveness of urban sprawls. His communities are built upwards instead of outwards. They efficiently use the renewable resources around them to supply the community with food, water, some electricity, and heat. These communities are designed in a way that cars are not necessary to get around. In fact, all car are parked outside of town. Although there are currently less than 100 residents at Arcosanti, the future design will house 5,000 people. The town includes both residential and commercial space. You can get more info by following the link under "Links". After our visit, Rachel and I camped in the Prescott National Forest.
Today, Rachel and I mountain biked on a nice trail down to a pond. The pond sits at the base of beautiful dessert mountains. After our bike, we drove to Jerome where we had a beer and took in the wonderful view from the restaurant's porch. Jerome is an old mining town built into a mountain. After our beer, Rachel and I drove to Sedona and camped for the night. That night, a nice family camping near by invited us to dinner. The family consisted of 7 kids, a mom, and a dad. Rachel and I stuffed ourselves with pasta, ate s'mores, and talked with the kids and their parents.