Oak Creek Canyon & Sedona at Sunset

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We entered the Navajo reservation, still in red rock country. We stopped at one of several roadside markets where Navajo women displayed and sold their jewelry and pottery. We were enamored of a pottery box done in the Navajo tradition known as horsehair pottery and purchased one with a hummingbird design on the lid . . . Jardin del Colibri . . . the name of our home Garden of the Hummingbird.   

The horsehair pottery is fired using a special technique; fine lines are created with the hair from the mane of the horse, and thick lines created from the hair of the tail. Today's techniques have evolved to where actual hair from the mane or tail of a horse is burned into the surface during firing After the pot is fired, it is rock polished; no paint or glaze is used.  Each piece is a unique, one of a kind piece of art.

We had decided to continue on through Flagstaff and spend the night in Sedona.  Getting off the busy highway we drove a winding mountain road through the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, stopping at Slide Rock State Park, originally the site of an early 1900's homestead and apple orchard.  

Walking through the orchard, we followed the creek to an area where visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek.

We watched with amusement as brave souls entered the chute and were quickly caught up in the current and taken for quite a ride complete with dips and dunks.    

George shed his socks and shoes and soon learned just how slick these rocks were.   He did manage to stay upright crossing to midstream.  Minutes later we watched a young girl struggling with "I can do this" and getting just to the point of entering the slot and then retreating.  She would muster her courage again and with determination position herself and then retreat.  It took several attempts but she finally made the plunge and exited with a huge self-satisfied grin on her face.  A delectably cool place to spend a very hot afternoon!

From Oak Creek Canyon it was a short drive into Sedona; a picturesque city surrounded by red-rock monoliths that are the southern most part of the Colorado plateau.  Native Americans considered the Sedona area as sacred and mystical.  Today, the main street is lined with restaurants and shops to tempt the hordes of tourists.  The little town has grown dramatically in the thirty odd years since Nancy's last visit but the scenery is still stunning.  We found a nice hotel just off the main street overlooking the red rocks.  Our room had a private balcony with views to the red rocks and a spectacular sunset that spotlighted the rocks, creating deep shadows and brilliant colors, a most enjoyable surprise.

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