Wednesday, July 12, 2017

April 24, 2017 - Prescott Valley, AZ to Sedona, AZ

In spite of partly cloudy weather it is going to be a good day for our move to Sedona, AZ. We are going to spend 5 nights at a timeshare condo. Sometimes we need a break from RVing.
Before I went ahead and reserved an unit in Sedona Erwin called the office in advance to inquite about RV parking space. He wanted to be sure there is a space large enough to leave our Lil' Home for several days. The office assured us that there are few spaces we could park in.

Again, we had a slight problem with the leveling jacks not cooperating the first time. After several coaxing Erwin finally got the jacks to retract.  We may have wasted about 20 minutes doing that

We finally left Fairgrounds RV Park at 10 am, took left turn to get on 89A then left to go through the town of Prescott Valley to get on I-17 North.

There was a steep grade that lasted for 7 miles!  However, the view of the valley and the mountains were gorgeous. So breathtaking and we could not take our eyes off the beautiful landscape.

We stopped at McGuireville rest area near Rim Rock, AZ For a short break. 
Approaching Sedona we were greeted with the sight of Red Rocks all around.  Erwin's first visit to Sedona and I think it was either 3rd or 4th time for me.
Crossing over I-17
We took an exit to Route 179 for Sedona, AZ. We made it to Los Abrigades Resort & Spa at noon. Since we were not sure where we should park our LH we left it out in front of the resort, went in for check-in.  Because we are timeshare owners they moved us to VIP member check-in department.  
Los Abridgades Resort
Marilyn, the receptionist, went over the paperwork, told us to be patient and for us to help ourselves to drinks and snacks.  It was 15 minutes before we were called over and were briefed on activities during the week.  In order for us to receive a gift card we were required to attend a 55 minute update presentation during our stay. We chose to get a discount ticket to Verde Canyon Railroad and we saved $115. 
At first, Marilyn assigned us to a room on the second floor, and we asked if it was possible to find a room on the first floor.  After a lengthy search Marilyn found one much to our delight. 

The valet led us to a parking area, showed us where to park.  There was only ONE space large enough for our LH. What a big relief!  In spite of the ongoing construction on redoing the wash next to the parking area Erwin had no trouble backing the LH in. 
Before checking into our suite we were very hungry and decided to have lunch first.  We checked the menu at Spoke and Wheel, but their choices were limited. We decided to walk across the street to Tlaquepaque area, checked out the menu at Secret Garden Cafe (ranked #38 out of 129 restaurants in Sedona).
We elected to have lunch outside in the back.  The ambience was very lovely.  The waitress was very friendly.  I decided to get  the spinach/ham quiche, and did not expect it to a generous portion.  It came with one side and I chose mixed greens.  I finished all of it.  It had been a very long time since I have had quiche.  Erwin went with a bowl of corn chowder with chips.  We were very pleased with the foods.  
The suite #126 was rather simple, nothing lavish about it, but good enough for us to have a place to stay at while visiting Sedona.  There is a microwave, no oven, small stovetop and a dishwasher.  There are two TVs, one in the living room and one in the bedroom.  The view of the Red Rocks can be seen from the balcony.  Facing east we can see the Camel Rock formation.
Our room #126
The Camel Rock
We visited Grasshopper Point Trailhead, hiked over a mile on Allen’s Bend Trail.  Nice view of the Red Rocks.  There is a swimming hole, fishing, picnicking, hiking.


Back to the resort Erwin called Big Sky RV in Bozeman, MT to set up an appointment for service on leveling jacks. We wanted the problem resolved before we visit  Canada.  They put us down for May 16th at 9 am.

Late in the afternoon I wanted to continue driving around, but Erwin was already hungry and wanted to go home.  So, after supper I went out by myself to look for sunset spots.  After checking the map I had to go west on 89A, but did not have much luck in finding a good spot.  The civil colors had very little colors, were not so pretty.  


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