As the temperatures began to cool off in northern Arizona, we took two trips within the last few weeks, just for a change of pace. In six days we managed to enjoy the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, the former ghost town, now artist community of Jerome, and the cool green of Flagstaff.
Actually, the Flagstaff trip was quite a family gathering. There was a fun run/walk to help raise money and awareness of Parkinson's disease. My son-in-law's father suffers from this progressive affliction, so the cause is very personal.
We decided that twelve of us would go north, spend some time together, and then participate in the 5k run or 2k walk. With the help of a walking stick, even Papa was able to complete the 2k walking portion in good shape. It felt really nice for all of us to be with him as we banded together to support him and this cause.
I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures from these spectacular parts of my home state, as well as a few of our family teaming up to fight Parkinson's.
|Yes, the rocks behind me are actually older than I am|
|Beautiful river just south of Sedona|
|A view of the hillside (almost) ghost town of Jerome|
|Typical "street" in Jerome|
|Several fires have burned Jerome to the ground. This was once a 4 story hotel|
|Jerome is supposedly haunted (this isn't real, unfortunately!)|
|The Grand Hotel at the very top of town|
|And, the view from its steps|
|Betty chatting with Albert Einstein|
|The start of the Parkinson's Fun Run in Flagstaff|
|Tom: the reason for all of us participating|
|The whole crew after the race/walk!|