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Sedona and Oak Creek, 10/17/2010

Even trying to “sleep in” we both were plenty awake at 6am local time (9am east coast).

sunrise from Penrose B&B

sunrise from Penrose B&B

We decided to go for a run down to Red Rocks State Park (the back way, along Verde Vista Road). It felt really good to run after taking a couple days off and being stuck in a plane, plus we were surrounded by gorgeous views and enjoyed cool temps (mid 60s). We got back in time for breakfast at the inn – starting with coffee, cucumber water and a smoothie.

Cucumber water, coffee and smoothie

Cucumber water, coffee and smoothie

Followed by sweet potato and apple fritata, a delicious polenta bread (like herbed corn bread) and crisp maple bacon.

Then we decided to hike a loop that Whitney recommended for its variety. We started out hiking up to a mesa.

Beej on the mesa

Beej on the mesa

After that we hiked into and out of the Canyon. I found this nice spot to sit along the way.

Susan in the tree

Susan in the tree

There were natural caves eroded from the red rock cliffs.

Cliffs along Solders Pass

Cliffs along Solder's Pass

We saw a spectacular sink hole called Devil’s Kitchen.

Devils Kitchen

Devil's Kitchen

as we hiked over the saddle and completed the loop back to the parking lot.

For dinner we enjoyed a more casual restaurant, the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill. We enjoyed a plentiful Vortex Veggie Plate with brie, swiss, crackers, grapes, apples, strawberries, oranges, grilled zucchini, carrots and celery sticks. We also had to try the fried pickles. Their Baja Burger was also excellent.

Tomorrow we pick up Dan and head to the Grand Canyon!

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