Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sedona & Jerome (Photo Heavy!)

First of all, I want to apologize for being a positively abysmal commenter of late.  Work last week was hell on steroids and my Bloglovin' feed quickly spiraled out of control.  Currently I'm at 426 unread posts...eek!  After long days of training, preparing, and dealing with unprepared trainers the idea of writing a post was just unthinkable.  Hence why my Grand Canyon post was so boring.

But now it's the weekend and I finally have some time.  Aren't you all excited?

So when I first came to Arizona everyone I met (and I mean everyone) would tell me, "You have to see Jerome, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon."  It was completely universal.  Most of you have probably heard of Sedona.  Jerome is a small former mining town that is built into a mountainside.  Rumor has it that it's haunted both by its many inhabitants that died in the various fires and mining accidents as well as the patients in the mental asylum (now turned hotel). 

Anyway I woke up early on Saturday morning and headed to Sedona by way of Jerome.  The road you take to Jerome from Prescott goes up the mountain meaning I was dealing with switchback curves at around 20 mph and l o n g drops down.  If I looked over the side I had mini-panic attacks.  I actually laughed out loud, though, when Bruce Springsteen came on my iPod singing "I'm goin' down, down, down, down..."

I managed to stop at a few places and take some photos of the scenery, the drop, and the curves:

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I eventually made it into Jerome though it wasn't easy given the narrow streets.  I parked and walked around a bit, admiring the original buidings and the gorgeous view.  I was a bit surprised that Arizona hasn't done more to preserve the buildings--many had either been purchased as private residences or were completely rotting.  I watched a history video in the old silent movie theater which was quite interesting.  I won't go into Jerome's history but you can read more about it here.

Also, the building below with the Nelly Bly sign used to be a brothel, which was the third iteration of the building after the first two burned down.  Fun, huh?

After walking around for a bit I ate a delicious lunch of taco salad and the most amazing margarita ever at a restaurant called Quince (yes, a margarita at noon, don't judge).  They were one of the very few restaurants I've found in Arizona that had knowledge of gluten-free diets.

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After Jerome it was on to the positively gorgeous town of Sedona. Just like other places in Arizona, I audibly gasped when I caught sight of the huge red rocks and gorgeous silhouettes. I don't think it will ever cease to amaze me. I decided to go on a helicopter tour, since my brother- and sister-in-law really enjoyed the one they went on. Before actually leaving I had some time, so I visited some of the scenic view points and even hiked a little up a trail. It was pretty perfect for pictures.

While on the helicopter tour (which was amazing, I totally recommend it if you're in the area) my camera died. I've never had an issue with this camera so I was pretty bummed. However, I decided to take it as a reminder that I will still have the memories despite not having a camera to capture them and just enjoyed the scenery with my eyes. I did get a few good pictures though, which I have shown below:

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If you want to see all of my pictures please check out my Flickr.

All in all I am really enjoying my time in Arizona.  I have flashes of homesickness (like when I walked into Walmart and it was set up almost exactly like our own Walmart) but I know that this really is a great opportunity and I should be thankful for it.  Sadly no matter how hard I try, the bright red of the rock just isn't as brilliant without my Robbie by my side.  He's like a pair of 3D glasses.

I hope you all aren't getting tired of these photography posts.  I wouldn't worry too much if you are, however, since...you know, my camera is dead.

Have a great weekend, all!

10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Isn't the southwest just amazing? I'm glad you are enjoying your time.

    xo,

    Sarah

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  2. These photos are great. I've never been to that part of the country, but your photos are making want to take a trip ASAP. Hope you're having a good time!

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  3. I love these posts! It's so interesting to see it from someone else's perspective. I would also have recommended those three things. =]
    If you're going to be in Flagstaff again at all you could also take a ride on the ski lift at Snowbowl. Amazing scenery.

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  4. Oh and there really are a lot of GF places in AZ, even here in Prescott. Feel free to ask me where you can eat when you know where you're going. =]

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  5. I took a cross country trip years ago. Being out west is sort of surreal to me. It's sooo different...Also hung out in Prescott, which I liked. Can you believe we never made it to the Grand Canyon? How lame! But it's beautiful out there. I love your photos, so I'm bummed your camera died. Glad you're having fun, Caitlin, even without your "3D glasses"!

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  6. These photos are gorgeous! I love that deep red color of the clay. So stunning.

    I also love has-been brothels. What fun!

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  7. first, i would never judge over a margarita at noon :)

    and second, amazing photos. i love sedona!! it's been awhile since i've been there though. jon used to live in scottsdale (worked at the boulders) and then flagstaff but that is all before we met.

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  8. Daaaaaaaaang, the skies on some of these pictures are amazing! (Er, sky, I guess. It's just all one big sky.) Here in NYC, it's all white sky, all the time, and it drives me crazy.

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  9. Aw, I have never been to Sedona. Looks nice though, the road always has some pretty beautiful sights. Great photos!

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  10. I always leave my bloglovin' too long...right now I think there's STILL 300-something posts to read. I've never heard of Jerome, but it looks really cool!

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