After a good night's sleep it was time to board the coach again heading north through the Arizona Desert where we stopped to look at the cacti at
a piece of Apache land that is up for sale at $20,000 an acre apparently.
We didn't realise just how big the cacti are until we stood next to them.
After a short break we were on the road again travelling through the Verde Valley and the General Crook Trail and into red rock canyon country.
We saw the famous Bell Rock in Oak Creek Canyon
before stopping in Sedona for lunch and a little shopping.
Sedona's main attraction is its stunning array of red sandstone formations, the Red Rocks of Sedona. The formations appear to glow in
brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. Sedona was named after Sedona Arabelle Miller Schnebly (1877–1950),
the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city's first postmaster.
We left Sedona
heading up to Oak Creek Vista
with it's spectacular views of the Coconino National Forest. After a short photo stop we set off again to Flagstaff and The Grand Canyon and this was our first awe inspiring view of the wondrous place. I cannot explain the feeling of awe I experienced when I looked out on this view, it brought tears to my eyes and a feeling of peace and wonder.
We took lots of photos and I have to say none of them do it justice but I will post what I consider to be the best, I hope they give you some idea of the wonder of one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
After this quick photo opportunity we were taken to our lodge, in the Canyon National Park, to quickly freshen up before being taken to Mather Point on the South Rim, which is the widest point of the Canyon at approx. 18miles and another photo opportunity.
It was time to leave Mather Point and head back to the lodge to eat and then to bed ready for another early start the following morning and the journey to Las Vegas.
I hope you'll join me there in Wonders Of The Golden West Part 4.