For those who are unfamiliar with Sedona it is a bit of an odd place. On one hand you have the tourist aspect, which means that parking on weekends is nearly impossible, everything is expensive, and the traffic round-abouts end up causing mayhem. On the other hand you have a very beautiful background of red sandstone, with some awesome hiking trails where you can get some breathing room. On the third hand you have the Energy Vortexes. Yeah, it's a New Age thing....
Our destination was a quick lunch (which ended up not being all we had hoped), a stop by Rollies camera shop (which ended up not being all we had hoped), and a beautiful drive up the canyon (which is always more than we could hope for).
We did make a few stops. One was at the large bridge on Highway 89A:
From there we drove the winding road up to the scenic overlook that peers down the entire canyon:
After talking to the park ranger I learned that this is about as colorful as it will get in these parts (due to the high volume of evergreens):
From there we continued up Highway 89A to Flagstaff, where we stopped at a Village Inn restaurant for a slice of pie.
Not too shabby for a Sunday! :)