Maricopa – Bell Rock – Flagstaff
Up early to freshly baked “biscuits”. We finished packing for our overnight trip to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon . With our usual Starbucks to get us going off we headed to Bell Rock. The highways are amazing and all of the drivers are very respectful of other road users. As we approached Sedona and Bell Rock we noticed that the rain clouds were building up again. The mountains were spectacular and were very rugged until we saw Bell Rock which was aptly named as t was the shape of a bell. Even though it as a drizzle we decided to go for a walk around it as nothing was going to stop us from exploring it. The size and grandure of these mountains are just amazing. We did the unusual photos and, unfortunately, we found that the rain had made the rock a little too slippery and we couldn’t climb up very high although the view was incredible from where we were One step out of place and snap! My already sore foot became very painful to put my weight on the heel so we slowly
walked back to the car nursing it. We had a drive through Sedona which appeared to be very much a tourist town and since t was raining all of the other tourists had decided that it was a shopping day so we headed onto Jerome. Jerome was an old copper mining town situated high up on the side of a mountain. It used to have a really high population, but as with all booms there is a bust and the town apart from tourism would have been a ghost town. The elevation of the town is 1 mile above sea level, and the views amazing. The rain was still pouring down so we decided to have afternoon tea at a quaint little coffee shop where we had a banana scone and a chocolate chip biscuit (which they heated up) which were delicious. We looked at the stores and then decided to do a little wine sampling as recommended by Rob and Penni . The wines were lovely but we decided to not purchase any. It was time to go to dinner at the Asylum which was an old hospital. Apparently it is supposed to be haunted. I must say it
had an eerie feeling about it. E enjoyed a shared entre of backed Brie with fruit, bead and salad. All mains came with a choice of soup or salad and we had been told to have the soup. The pumpkin soup was delicious and had a lovely hot spicy flavour. The mains were just as delicious and unfortunately we had no room for desert. We hit the road for another hour and a half to get to Flagstaff to the Air B & B that Karly had arranged. We arrived around 10 pm and what a very pleasant surprise when we opened the door. The heater had been put on so the place was beautifully warm. It was a fairly new Air B & B and we found it very clean and well fitted out. We had a couple of drinks and some cheese and biscuits to finish the night.
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