October 21, 2017

Two Quick Getaways Make Memories

Since we sold our RV last spring, we have been staying rather close to home, enduring another blistering Phoenix summer There was a 4 day trip to Disneyland with the family in August. Otherwise, it has been a time of swimming  pools and family dinners with movies and games.

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!


22 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! We visited Sedona a little over two years ago and thought it was magical - all of us would have liked to have had a few more days there. We took one of the Pink Jeep tours (Broken Arrow) while we were there and it was worth every penny. We also drove up and visited Slide Rock State Park, another stunning part of the area.

    My parents both graduated from UA, and had many ties there so we visited Arizona A LOT when I was growing up - I think I've seen almost every place in the state at least twice if not more, including Jerome. I also attended UA for a while, and my younger brother attended NAU in Flagstaff so the connection continued. Overall Arizona is too dry for me to want to stay very long now, but I still find it beautiful. My parents especially loved it because there were mountain views no matter where you were in the state.

    Loved the family photos too!

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    1. During the spring and summer Sedona becomes a bit overrun with tourists. But, in early October it is much easier to find a place to sip a coffee and enjoy the view, which is stunning in every direction.

      It does take some time to adjust to the very low humidity. Newcomers are prompted to drink lots of water and be liberal with skin lotion and chapstick. After awhile, though, 5% seems normal and 25% uncomfortably moist. We humans are very adaptable!

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  2. What a great family trip and cause to support! I visited those same places with my younger son (plus the Grand Canyon) almost 25 years ago so it is really fun to see the photos.

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    1. I'm glad the photos brought back memories for you, Juhli. It is a area impossible to forget.

      Yes, we all felt good about participating in the run/walk. There were several hundred people who did so, many of them college age folks. It was good to see the support for those who suffer from this miserable disease.

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  3. Great family activity for a great cause! Kudos!

    No bad views in Sedona. We love it there and your pictures make me want to go back soon. We also did the trip to Jerome (interesting!) and we still talk about how much we loved the Verde Canyon Railroad.

    --Hope

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    1. In the fall The Verde Canyon Railroad is spectacular...the trees turning colors and the wildlife scampering through the canyon bottom.

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  4. I look forward to seeing all those places when I am living in Arizona. It is becoming more real to me now as we are starting to downsize in order to ready our place here in Boston for sale in April. The realtor is coming tomorrow to sign the paperwork. I can hardly believe it after 3 very long years waiting. You are blessed to have such a lovely family who enjoy being together. Not all of us are that lucky.

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    1. With our close family, I think we could live anywhere and it would still be special and be home. But, I am glad we are where we are.

      I spent my junior and senior high years in suburban Boston. You will find Arizona delightfully different.

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  5. Bob,

    Wonderful experience and pictures.

    Like I suggested before, I drew a large circle on a map around my home... and visited the places in the circle I had never (or rarely) been to. It has been a lot of fun. So much is near that is hidden to us or has been forgotten.

    Keep sharing pics!

    Rick in Oregon

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    1. Yes, I remember your circle idea, though in your case it better lean east and not too far west or you will be paddling across the ocean! After 30+ years there are still some places in Arizona we have missed, but not many.

      Thanks, Rick.

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  6. Whether you had the RV or not, it still sounds like you and Betty had a good summer. And Jerome looks like a neat place, the kind I would like to explore. Glad you guys had a good time while there as well as having the opportunity to bring attention to a terrible disease.

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    1. There have been a few times I have wondered if we sold the RV too soon. But, no use looking back and all the work involved in RV trips did detract from part of the fun.

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  7. Beautiful pictures. We visited Arizona earlier this month and were awed by the diverse beauty- Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Sedona, and the desert west of Surprise. I think I could live there, especially since you have no tornadoes. One passed about 5 miles south of us last night. The extreme heat is my only qualm about moving to Phoenix. Nearly everyone we talked to who live there said they escape during the hottest months. We can’t afford that.
    OKJeff

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    1. Anonymous-- if you live somewhere where it gets cold, adjusting to the heat might not be so hard.. our hot hot summers can be like "winter!" We just stay inside a bit more, but can go out in early evenings and mornings.. ice cold air conditioning in movie theaters,libraries, book stores etc. make it easy to have a little escape and enjoy a cup of coffee and the day. Might be worth a look!!

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    2. Yes, Jeff, Madeline is right: our summers are like winter in other parts of the country except we don't have to shovel sunshine. You are indoors during the day or go from air conditioned house, to car, to movie, or store. Mornings and evenings are when dogs get walked and people jog. Even so, 4 months of 100+ degree days does take some getting used to, but, then so does 4 or 5 months of snow, bitter cold, and howling winds!

      Phoenix has virtually no bad weather: very rare (and small) tornadoes, no hurricanes, no earthquakes. The sun shines 320 days a year.

      We have lived here for over 30 years and have "escaped" the summer heat only 4 or 5 times, for a few weeks or two months in the RV. Otherwise. we stick it out.

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  8. Beautiful photos, especially the family photos!
    b

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. Looks quite a bit different from Cape May!

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  9. Gorgeous photos-- looks a perfect trip!!!!!!

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    1. And, only 2.5 hours north of our home (and yours!)

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  10. You're reminding me of our great trip to Sedona in 2012. Gee, that was more than five years ago ... time to go back!

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  11. The good news is the rocks aren't going anywhere. They will still be there when you make it back.

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  12. What a beautiful place! I hope when I retire I am able to travel to places like that. It reminds me, somewhat, of Southern Utah.

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