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Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
Trip End Mar 22, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Greetings from Arizona....

It seems very foreign to be on vacation. No alarms and still waking up just before sunrise. What a sickening habit...

25 hours of bus ride and we finally made Flagstaff. No major kinks in the journey for us, but some of our fellow travelers weren't so lucky. One fellow had traveled all the way from Florida, on his way to Grants, NM. Amarillo lost his luggage during a transfer. The Greyhound station at Amarillo seems to have its own ways of doing things that don't always agree with company policy or logic in general. We ended up with three people standing in the aisle from Amarillo to Albuquerque. The route was way overbooked.  Our bus had almost 50 of 58 re-boarding (seating cap. 55, try that math) and around 2 dozen on layover or standby. The manager at Albuq. decided that noone was going to be left waiting at her station on her watch, and a driver was pulled out of bed and a second bus warmed up.

In Flagstaff , we decided to walk to the car rental, about a half mile, to restore circulation in our legs (read butts). In an attempt to gain detailed directions, we discovered that pedestrians in downtown Flagstaff on a Sunday afternoon, have no idea where anything is. We did succeed in finding it on our own, without too much trouble. Rented the car and headed for Sedona.

The drive down SR-89A from Flagstaff to Sedona is around 25 miles, travels up and down several hundred feet around the 6000' mark, takes about 45 minutes, and is worth every second!! It is a winding 2-lane blacktop that tunnels through tall pine forest, alongside a rocky stream, with the occasional breathtaking canyon vista. Then you wind down thru several switchbacks to the bottom of a gorge, and finally into Sedona. I cannot imagine making this drive the first time, alone. One cannot possibly negotiate the curves and hairpins and take pictures and take in the scenery and dodge all the other tourists doing the same thing both uphill and down.

Sedona itself is similar to most any other tourism based town, as far as shopping and dining go. Plenty of opportunities to spend your money, and most of them overpriced. Beware the real estate hawkers, although they can be fun to mess with.

The people have been very friendly, and helpful. You expect it from those in the tourism industry, but it is worth noting that those we've encountered that weren't selling or serving have been just as friendly.

We'll be travelling to the Grand Canyon to the North and Phoenix to the South. Pictures are being taken, but yours truly forgot to pack a crucial cable and as yet cannot unload his at the moment I cannot post or send any. I will rectify this if I can.

At any rate, we are having a great time!
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