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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, November 10, 2014

{Scenic 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona, Arizona}

Of course, already being in North Arizona, we also did want to drive the scenic 89A route from Flagstaff to Sedona, viewing the fabulous Red Rocks. So we did, after viewing Humphreys Peak we continued south on said 89A.
Yep, we got to see Cathedral Rock! 
Red Rock Scenic Byway ←(click it) or 179, is what we took after the 89A, all the way down from the Grand Canyon, via Humphreys Peak (from previous post). 
When we drove up from Phoenix airport, I took the I-17 up north...
This time we enjoyed so much the scenery and as a matter of fact we want to go back to Sedona for a stay of a couple of nights!
The scenery from 89A is just breathtaking!
Beautiful Ponderosa pines...
Red Rocks start revealing themselves along 89A...
Switchbacks as the 89A follows Oak Creek...
Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive Just North of Sedona, Arizona ←(click it)
This article from May 14, 2014 mentions that Route 89A between Flagstaff and Sedona has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Most Scenic Drives in America by Rand McNally.
So we actually were descending 4,500 feet from the Flagstaff area down to Sedona.
Indeed, breathtaking through very picturesque forests. 
What a view!
Sign that points to Slide Rock... 
Arizona's top 5 scenic drives ←(click it) Lonely Planet 
Indeed: Hwy 89/89A where Old West meets New West
The 30-mile stretch of Hwy 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff (we did it the other way around!) rises up through dramatic Oak Creek Canyon. Be sure to stop at Slide Rock Park (see previous photo), where the rollicking Oak Creek pushes swimmers through a rock slide. The road levels off and glides through ponderosa pine, into fun and funky Flagstaff...
We just went south from Flagstaff to Sedona!
Can you see WHY we really want to go back in order to enjoy this area?!
Somewhere I read that in Arizona, the Grand Canyon has 5,000,000 annual visitors and Sedona 4,000,000...
Husband Pieter was photographer, while I drove and enjoyed the ride as well!
You are really surrounded by the beauty of these Red Rocks!
This iPad photo I took from the curb, going to Hyatt Pinon Pointe, A Hyatt Residence Club ←(click it) that we want to try out next time! Overlooking 89A.
Also this iPad photo, showing you the view more to the right...
Wish we could have spent a couple of days there!
Cathedral Rock...
What a view!
We continued the Loop Road and we should have followed Red Rock Crossing... that would have given us far better views but we actually did not have the time as we still had to continue about 2 hours south to Scottsdale, to our +Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town for that night...
Love that scare crow to the left and what a lovely view of Cathedral Rock!
Looking to the other side of the road, I took this iPad photo...
We for sure will be back for more Red Rock views and for hiking somewhat in the area!
On April 18, 2014, Sedona, Arizona got also mentioned as: 10 most sacred spots on Earth by Fox News Travel...
We WILL be back!
Related links:
{Humphreys Peak, a 12,000 footer in Arizona} | previous post by me
{Maswik Lodge & Grand Canyon Flora & Fauna} | previous post by me

34 comments:

  1. beautiful. sedona is one area i'd really like to visit someday.

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Oh, and we will be back for exploring it even further and for hiking there... Breathtaking beauty!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Dearest Mariette,
    I was just going to shut down my laptop when I saw your new post about this beautiful area!!!!
    Pieter's photos, and yours, are stunning! I liked Sedona very much and I also visited the Chapel of the Holy cross.
    I wish you a lovely Sunday!!! (We have rains in Athens, also predicted for tomorrow as well!)
    Many hugs!!!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      So happy for your that you have seen these mavelous sites, yes, I did see pictures of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. We will be back for taking it all in and staying for a couple of days.
      Sleep tight and wishing you a cozy Sunday; rain or shine!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Querida amiga !! Yo estube el año pasado con mi familia recorriendo.. Es un lindo y precioso lugar ..que tenga un bendecido fin de semana
    Besos

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    1. Dearest Angélica,
      You and your family have been so blessed for having been to this most beautiful place as well. Happy and blessed weekend to you and yours!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. It is always a blessing when you see lovely scenery on holidays. I'm gald you are going back to explore.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Yes, this was an absolute blessing and it is calling for a comeback and we will for sure!
      Happy Sunday and hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist wiederum sehr eindrucksvoll und ausdrucksvoll.
    Sonnige Sonntagsgrüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Da hast du völlig Recht und es war ein wares Vergnügen um da zu sein.
      Liebe Grüsse, die Sonne ist noch nicht da bei uns...
      Mariette

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  6. Dear Mariette. I can totally see why that place is on the top list for scenic drives..It looks just amazing. Isnt it wonderful when nature herself provides you with this, no man -made constructions... The mountains reminds me a bit of the cappadocchia area in Turkey, but different color... Loved looking at the pictures and would love to see it for myself one day. Enjoyed the trip, sweet friend! Big hugs

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    1. Dearest Eli,
      Oh, you get such an overwhelming feeling when you observe such things that are millions of years old... it brings us really back to basics!
      There are worldwide regions that kind of look similar but always a different variety of rocks and soil.
      We will for sure be back for a more relaxed encounter with this marvel.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Wat een mooie natuur is het daar toch. Als ik het nu weer zie ben ik weer helemaal onder de indruk. Die rode rotsen prachtig. Je ziet meteen een westernfilm voor je.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja dát is het zeer zeker en ook alles zo wijds en ruim. Je raakt er stil van, zoveel moois op deze wereld en al zoveel miljoenen jaren lang. Geen wonder dat het voor de Indianen een Sacred gebied was; het vraagt ook om ontzag voor Moeder Natuur.
      Ja zo'n Western die begrijp je dán pas als je er zelf loopt...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  8. ✿彡
    Paisagens maravilhosas!
    Emocionante ver essas rochas monumentais esculpidas pelo tempo.

    Boa semana!
    Beijinhos do Brasil.
    ✿♫° ·.

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    1. Dearest Inês,
      Indeed a marvel of nature that has been shaping these red rocks over millions of years...
      Happy Sunday and hugs to you!
      Mariette

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  9. What amazing views! I love Cathedral Rock, really beautiful. Great nature never stops amaze us!
    I can see why Sedona has been sacred place for many people. This dynamic nature gives us good vibes for sure!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Oh, this world has so many awesome things to admire and considering that it has been there for millions of years is incredible. It makes one connect with our creator and realize how small we really are...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette I have been following your beautiful photos on FB and am more determined than ever to visit Arizona!!! Thank you for sharing your travels with Pieter... sending you both love and blessings, hugs, Celia M. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      We keep asking ourselves why we didn't go back to Arizona sooner...! And for the Sedona area we want to go back; that's a fact. Glad you enjoyed tagging along.
      Hugs and blessings to both of you.
      Mariette

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  11. Dearest Mariette
    Wow, what great nature pictures!
    Absolutely incredible.
    Hugs
    Kajsa

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    1. Dearest Kajsa,
      Oh, we feel so blessed for having been there and will enjoy it for some more days when we go back to Sedona!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dear Mariette,what an amazimg place!The views of the mountains are breathtaking!
    Your pictures and Pietre are gorgeous!Thank you for sharing this beauty!!
    Have a lovely week!!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Indeed, Sedona is quite amazing and calls for more time to explore it fully. We enjoyed this first, brief trip so much that we want to go back for more.
      Thank you very much for you kind words and you are quite welcome; love to share the beauty of our great nation!
      Happy new week to you as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Dear Mariette,

    I have enjoyed catching up with all your wonderful photos of your trip - Arizona looks like an amazing place to visit. Love the Cathedral Rocks and looks like you had the perfect weather to visit there.
    Thanks for sharing your travels. Also for the very kind note you have left me.
    Sending love and hugs and wishing you a happy new week
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Oh yes, we both fell in love with Arizona and want to explore more of it.
      The weather we enjoyed during our entire trip was incredible.
      You are quite welcome dear friend; my pleasure.
      Hugs and love for a new and sunny spring week on your side of the world.
      Mariette

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  14. Oh such wonderful photos, thank you for sharing this

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      You are more than welcome; glad you enjoyed them.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  15. Beautiful place... wish I can visit one day! Beautiful photos Mariette!

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    1. Dearest Mei,
      Oh, that would be a fabulous trip IF you ever could visit...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Ja dat is echt prachtig Mariette, zo mooi die rode rotsen, die hebben we in het zuiden ook. En het is heel warm zo te zien. Een heel avontuur,

    Groeten Janny

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    1. Beste Janny,
      Jazeker, dat is iets heel unieks en met name van die afmetingen! Het was erg warm maar heel lage luchtvochtigheid dus transpireer je eigenlijk nooit, je met wel veel water drinken! We hebben erg genoten van deze trip en voor dit gebiedje gaan we nog een keer terug.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  17. Dearest Mariette,
    your husband Pilter has to lelture in 1986 and 1987 in scottsdate Ariguna.You got got their dersert playground playgrorind with the ladies you had lunch have each consecutive year Because Pielter never had been there comparing your photos from the 80S.
    The Bouldors is the only phots in which our Buick rental car is viaible lovely caetil,
    Plora & Fauna of the desent is so different from the north of Arigona.
    Pilter just loved this cactus tree.
    The Boulders wored one of the finest golf clubs in the United states Next time we like to play golf??
    Are you liveing cetainly for liveing ...You are the grounds of looking beautiful flowers.
    You both has light lunch pieter with chekin letluce chichen breast red peppers scallions .water chlstnuts sweet hony dipping sauce.
    Pilter and happy coffee and you has green tea.
    I has so much golfing today Today 8-30-after and 1200 and after my lunch coming home by 4-00 pm.
    The weather was hot day.
    Hugs and Love to both of you!
    Michiko
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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Oh, what great news to read you had such a wonderful day full of golfing! For sure you would have loved The Boulders for playing there with your friends and than having lunch...
      Sending you hugs from Georgia/USA.
      Mariette

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