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November 30th, 2010
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Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon & Grand Canyon

Busy day!

We got out early after a quick breakfast and visited the Church of the Holy Cross in Sedona, one of the most spectacular churches anywhere. I’m not a fan of Catholic churches per se, but this one is a bit special…




We left Sedona and continued north, climbing the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon towards Flagstaff. With rushing rivers and thick woodland, Oak Creek Canyon is rugged and spectacular and I imagine it’d be a fun place to stay. It’s certainly a great drive.

We drove through the funky university town of Flagstaff and continued north and west. We admired the San Francisco Peaks, which at 12,633 feet (3,851 m) is the highest point in Arizona with a full scale ski area.








The habitat from here to the Grand Canyon changes subtley from high grasslands to juniper, oak and pine woodland, but generally it’s relatively mundane compared to some of the sights we’d already seen. This, of course, all changes as you get your first glimpse of the enormous hole in the ground that is the Grand Canyon.

I’ve been several times now but there’s nothing to prepare you for it and not a great deal you can say about it that makes any sense. Taking photos seems almost pointless as they never show anything of the experience of standing on the edge of one of the world’s largest and most impressive canyons.






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