Thursday, November 15, 2018


For some reason, Bill and I are having a very tough time, this season, dealing with the time changes. This last one especially from CT to MT. We have been going to bed much earlier than our ‘norm’ of 10 and 11 pm and therefore waking at 4 and rising at 5ish as a rule.

And the sun pops over the mountain behind me as I walk
Last night, it was 8:30 (yes, 8:30!!) when we both went to bed and dropped right off. We were awake at 11:30 (after what felt like a full night of sleep) and then at 12:30 (almost got up to read) and then I was wide awake at 5 am on Monday, Nov. 12th. I got up. 😴 Bill seemed to have dropped off again and didn’t rise until 5:45. We had our morning drinks.

Looking down at the river from up on Page Springs Road
Since we can’t read blog posts and I can’t post any, instead we delved into sorting and arranging our photos. Bill is still catching up on his from Graceland. Today, we are going to Sedona so today’s words will be fewer (Yay! You say?) and the pictures collaged. I hope you enjoy them.

We didn’t walk around town today as it was their Veteran’s Day holiday and the town and areas were crazy packed. Trying to get in and around with Black Beauty was a challenge. We jiggled the jello a bit from what we were originally going to do but ended up seeing better views by driving up Airport Road to a parking area and hiking a mile to the summit and back down. We had fun climbing together, took many pictures, as you can see and took a nice leisurely drive home down 179S to I-17S.

We reached the summit and had gorgeous views of Sedona
Some parts of the trail were steep and rocky
but we all did it with smiles and pride 
"No, dear, please don't jump!"
The rest of the day was quiet and very relaxing. None of us are as young as we used to be so we were all very proud of the exercise we took in today. For supper Bill barbecued steak and we had Caesar salad on the side with, of course, Tillamook White Chocolate and Raspberry Swirl ice cream for dessert. Bill likes peanuts on his and my favourite topping is walnuts. 

So many beautiful sights to see
The bottom right pictures are of a Chapel in the Rock
Not sure if that was the name of it (that was a few days ago!)
We drove in with our big truck and it was a challenge due to the Veteran's Holiday
the place was a  ZOO! so we got out without stopping
This water level in the park gives a heads up when to evacuate
Rob and Pat had to a number of years ago when they stayed here
It appears to be the number of feet from the river bed
We watched a new episode of Bull and then The Voice. These shows usually start at 7 which means we need to start watching at 5 pm.

Playing with camera settings in Google photos
Compare these two pictures

I was so excited with my discovery that I had to show Rob and Pat
By the time the latter was over, it was only 8, my eyes were droopy and Bill had switched channels to a Christmas movie. I decided to go up to bed to find something that I would enjoy and that would keep me awake. I enjoy Sex in the City (the program!) and haven’t seen it for a long time so watched a couple hours of that and turned the lights off at 10. That felt much better as I knew I’d sleep in later.

There are some huge trees on the walkway east of the park
It was a wonderful day. Thank you for popping by!


  1. Loved it there in Sedona the views, the colours amazing and we got to experience the Vortex's that were really interesting. So much to see in that area looks like you had a wonderful time.
    The drive up 89A towards Flagstaff has some amazing views that a we enjoyed. Hope you get to Jerome a funky town to experience.

  2. Just an FYI, there are lots of beautiful boondocking spots near Sedona.

  3. Photo mosaics are neat, but the photos do end up very small (for myeyes).

    1. I apologize F.G. I was afraid of overloading everyone with my pics. I will keep that in mind though and not put so many in a collage. :D

  4. Patsy & Bill find the jeep tours and take the one to the Mangolian Rim it is awesome. Sadona is a lovely town. Enjoy! Kathy from It's about time.

    1. We signed up for a jeep tour but we don't make enough $$ and were declined. The great deal of 4/$50 involved a 90 minute hotel seminar so they figure we weren't worth the trouble. haha

  5. Sedona is so picturesque. Lots to see and do. I hear you about the traffic though. It was terrible last year when we were there, just about the same time as you are. We miss it.
    If Bill is really adventurous with Black Beauty you could try the Schnebly Hill Road, but honestly I wouldn't do it again. Take a Jeep tour up there. You'll see why.

    1. Thanks Dave, we hit the wrong day and no, we're not adventurous with our 2 wheel drive B.B. :)

  6. I love the beauty of Sedona and the surrounding area. That view from the airport is priceless!
    Love the picture comparison. I will check this out...I've got to learn how to do that "fix"!!!!

    1. It is gorgeous! A bucket list item fulfilled.
      Google photos........hard to explain where to find it but I love it!

  7. I love your Sedona pictures from the hilltop. It looks like a great area to explore and get some exercise!

  8. Beautiful Pictures. Enjoyed seeing the views, blue skies, and sunshine. Gives us hope that it is all out
    Continued safe travels.

  9. LOVE Sedona ... and your pictures are really nice. Now you know how I ended up on this 4:00 am schedule. It's really hard to get acclimated to the new time.

  10. Dear Chillin’ Patsy

    Great blog from Sedona! Have been following your southbound travels this fall. You are making good time.

    The views from the Sedona airport are spectacular.

    As you walk towards the Chapel of the Holy Cross, there are pansies planted along the walkway. Small signs say, “Please don’t pick us, we’re smiling at God”.
    If you have the time while in Sedona, be sure to stop by the Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village. It’s a little high end for me but a beautiful place to see and experience. Good parking for the Black Beauty.
    The architecture, fountains and the wind sculpture garden are amazing.
    While at Tlaquepaque we stopped at ‘How Sweet It Is In Sedona’ for ice cream, then watched and listened to Robin Miller play guitar & organ. He really is talented and gets everyone in a ‘Sedona state of mind’. He plays outdoors, by the bridge most days.
    It’s a lot of fun ‘travelling’ with you.
    Keep on truckin’ !

    -Chicago Robert

    1. Wow, thank you Robert! I love to have you traveling with us. Thank you for the tips, once in 'civilization' again, I'll check out the links. :)

  11. What a wonderful post. I enjoyed the pictures very much. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thank you Deb. Such a beautiful place to visit and I'm glad we got there this year. I'm sure we will go back, no doubt at all.

  12. We love Cottonwood and Jerome. Lots of boondocking around that area. Enjoy your stay there.

  13. Thanks Lorne, we'll have to check out some boondocking next time. Such a beautiful place. I LOVE Jerome.