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Travels With Ernie

Adventures Off-the-Beaten-Path Across Sedona and Northern Arizona.

Follow Ernie to places that you didn't know existed, but would like to know more about.

Kendrick Mountain

Kendrick Mountain

Kendrick Mountain is part of the San Francisco Peaks, a volcanic field north of Sedona, Arizona. Three maintained trails managed by the Kaibab National Forest, the Kendrick Mountain Trail, Pumpkin Trail, and Bull Basin Trail, lead hikers to the top of Kendrick Mountain and a fire lookout tower which is open during summer months.

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Rainbow on the way to the Grand Canyon from Sedona.

Rainbow On The Way To The Grand Canyon from Sedona

Route 64 to the Grand Canyon South Rim is an easy, scenic, and fun drive from Sedona. As a bonus, along the 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive, visitors can stop and enjoy some time in beautiful, fun downtown Williams, an historic town located along the old Route 66 made famous by fast cars and movie stars! This rainbow appeared along Route 64 the last day of September.

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Sedona Petroglyphs: Rock Art at Red Tank Draw Near Sedona Arizona

The panel of petroglyphs is hidden from view, a large juniper obscuring the boulder located just before a narrow one-lane bridge that crosses Red Tank Draw. The petroglyphs are shallow and difficult to make out or distinguish from naturally occurring markings on the lichen-covered rock. But a few moments of patient study pays off and the figures and symbols emerge.

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John Carpino plays and sings favorites at Cruisers Cafe in Williams, Arizona.

The Ultimate Sedona Day Trip: Cruisers Café and the Music of John Carpino in Williams, Arizona

It’s a sunny, cool, and beautiful afternoon in nostalgic downtown Williams, and the quaint shops and restaurants are bustling with activity. Suddenly, the air is filled with the pleasant tunes of Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and some catchy tunes that we didn’t recognize. The music attracts us like a powerful magnet, and is emanating from the outdoor patio of one of our favorite Williams hangouts, Cruisers Café on Main Street. The music blends in perfectly with the nostalgia of Route 66, and the historic and picturesque Williams downtown. So, we can’t help but enjoy lunch on the patio and enjoy more of the enticing music.

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Visitors enjoy amazing red rock formations along the Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona, Arizona.

Ernie Hikes the Sedona Broken Arrow Trail to Chicken Point and Beyond

The Broken Arrow Trail takes hikers on a winding path into a scenic valley surrounded by soaring red rock cliffs. The path gradually ascends to Chicken Point, a place with sweeping panoramic views and excellent photo opportunities. In the following account, Ernie reports on his hiking adventures along the Broken Arrow Trail.

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley: A Landscape and A Culture

Quite possibly one of the most photographed spots on earth, Monument Valley is a striking testament to the impermanent nature of even the planet's most massive forms.

The isolated mesas and buttes that dramatically jut from the red desert floor are the last little stubs, relatively speaking, of the layers upon layer of rock that used to fill in all the space in between. It took hundreds of millions of years to lay down all those layers, and then 50 million or so to wear all but the remaining formations away to relatively nothing.

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Montezuma Well National Monument near Sedona, Arizona.

Sacred Ground Sacred Water At Montezuma Well near Sedona Arizona

On an arid and sometimes harsh landscape, water in all its forms is a sacred element. It is something to be worshiped, solicited, celebrated; an element of birth and rebirth, sustaining all life in a landscape dependent upon rains that seem to fall from one year to the next on the whims of gods, where prayers and ceremonies around water are a way of life and oral traditions about its sacred purpose are carried forward generation to generation.
Without water, existence is no longer a possibility.

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