Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lazy Days

Pat and Kelly were up early and at Grand Canyon Park by 7 a.m.  They had great weather and saw most everything in good light.  I put ribs in the crockpot for dinner and chose our stopping spots for our last week on the road.  Around 11:00 we left for Camping World, Walmart and Sam's.  Our toilet pedal has been getting stuck so we bought a replacement part.  We picked up a few groceries and then came home.  The ribs were close to being done so I took off the liquid, coated them in BBQ sauce and put them back in on low for an hour and then warm until dinner time.  I also made cole slaw.  Eileen bought potato salad and frozen ears of corn.

Kelly and Pat didn't return until almost 6:45 and we had finished eating but I kept plates for them so they ate by themselves.  Afterwards Pat took our new pedal part and fixed it.  Neither of us could get down in that small space to even look at what needed to be done.  They stayed for a short while before heading back to the motel. 

A rainbow and sunset from our campsite.

We left for Sedona about 9:30 on Thursday.  It is a beautiful drive down the Oak Creek Canyon.  There is a several thousand feet drop in altitude as you descend.  Sometimes your ears pop!

We checked in with our tour company and we were able to leave earlier than our 12:30 scheduled time.  This would give us enough time for lunch between the two tours.  

When they say a rough ride, they aren't whistling Dixie!  Without seatbelts we would have been tossed out of the jeep.  Patrick's Fitbit registered 4600 steps while riding!  Our final destination was a cabin used in the movies Blood Moon and Purple Sage.  Here are some scenery photos.

We returned to town, bouncing most of the way, and headed to a restaurant for "lupper" again.  Tom is still wrestling with this one meal a day concept.

We had until 3:00 for our trolley tour so we walked around town.  

This is a dancing sculpture.  Periodically they twirl and twirl in a waltz.

The sign said no climbing so Ted settled for this photo with the horse.

The town sits in a valley surrounded by these beautiful buttes, plateaus and mesas.  However, no one has been able to tell us the difference between a plateau and a mesa!

This sculpture of a newsboy is in front of the local newspaper offices.  What struck me is that the headline reads TRUTH!  What a novel concept in today's world.

I bought a turquoise pendant on a sterling chain for our neighbor who takes in our mail and corresponds with me about things that need attention.  Chris still refuses to handle the mail.  Just as well, because Nancy is so organized and astute about it.

We took the trolley tour around town and the highlight was Holy Cross chapel.  

This spot was chosen for the chapel because the architect thought this rock looked like Madonna and Child.

This rock has an outcropping that the fellow said looked like an eagle.  Personally, I thought a chicken!

The clouds were gathering and the light was growing dim so we decided to go south a bit to pick up I-17 rather than drive the hairpin turns on Oak Creek Canyon in the dark and rain.  It rained some but not heavy and we arrived back about 7:00.  It had rained hard at the campground because Tom's motorhome was now waterfront property.  

Pat and Kelly stayed for awhile.  We ate some snacks and watched the program on the National Parks that are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.  It was a nice day.

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