I had to get a shot of Charles in his Western gear (with a new replica gun he bought in town.)
We tried hiking up Boynton Canyon, to see the ruins of the native American cliff dwelling I'd spent time in on my last trip, but 15 years wears on a body & we gave up without getting there. We still managed to hike quite a ways along the trail, though. I have to give us credit for making it as far as we did. Another sign of the changes; last time my friends & I just parked on the side of the road (like everyone else,) & started walking. This time we had to buy a special parking pass.
Greater earless lizard.
There were lovely flowers all over.
Sedona's changed since I was first here 15 years ago. Gone was the laundromat I used on my first visit, as well as a dirt parking lot near a greasy spoon with a great view. In their places are boutiques, gift shops and art galleries. It took me a while to sight a familiar landmark and realize where I was. Still, the landscapes are awesome as always and some of the shops were really cool--we saw a fossilized smilodon skull, among other things.
Next up; Red Rock State Park