Hello Sedona

Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 30, 2008

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

We left San Diego this morning just before 9am and arrived here in Sedona about 7 1/2 hours later.  Overall it was not a bad drive, and the scenery in southern California and later north of Phoenix was certainly breath taking.  Along the way we were stopped by the Border Patrol at a check point, saw a windmill farm, drove up and down some of the steepest grades we have ever experienced, and viewed some of God's greatest natural creations. 

The drive was a bit different than I am used to.  As you are all aware I am keenly in tune with the speed limit.  I always know what it is.  Generally speaking the speed limit varies from 70 to 75.  Let's say I was going at a speed that has at least one 8 in it and leave it at that.  I was passed as if I were standing still on a regular basis.  I understand why.  There is no traffic and the highway is dead straight.  At one point Sarah asked, "Are we going to make any turns?" 

Thanks to Miranda we arrived in Sedona with no directional difficulties.  What Miranda, and the internet never told me was that the one and only main street through Oak Creek and Sedona is undergoing a 3 year construction project that is currently in phase 2.  Welcome to Sedona Airzona and our famous Red Rock Canyon views.  You will have plenty of time to look at them as you sit in traffic. 

As it turns out we arrived at the worst time of day.  Apparently the biggest mess occurs between 4 and 5 every day.  And as traffic jams go it really wasn't that bad.  The construction just kind of caught us by surprise.  It is definitely hurting the local businesses.  The restraunts were empty at dinner time. 

Note to Melissa and anyone else who's hair frizzes in the humidity:  Pat and her hair love the Southwest.  Whether it was the beach in Santa Monica, the San Diego Zoo, or here in Sedona her hair does not do a Rosann Rosanna Danna impression.  She said this is the first vacation she has ever been on when she wasn't constantly reining her hair in. 

We have attached some pictures from along the away and as we entered Sedona.  I will do a better job explaining what you are seeing tomorrow once we have learned it better ourselves.  Pat says she would have photographed the cool "Quick Draw McDraw" type cactus plants seen from the highway, but the shutter speed of our camera does not allow for speeds with an 8 in them. 

Mike, Pat, and Sarah
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mbberg on

Re: 8
You are a bright girl, and you have know me all your life. What do you think?

arekaypee on

speed limmits are more like guidelines, right?
I'm not naming names(I love you sweetie, just in case you're reading this), but sometimes 8 is both the first AND second number!

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