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We try and take a trip on our birthdays every year. This year our destination was Sedona. It was a quick trip, only seven days, six nights, but we made the most of our time and had a blast.

We left the house at 6AM last Wednesday and headed for Sante Fe. We wanted to see the miraculous staircase and having missed it on two previous occasions, we hoped our luck would be better this time. It was and what a beautiful piece of work.



We messed around and checked out the shops for the next couple of hours and then headed for Albuquerque. The plan was to get a room and then ride White Mesa the following morning. Well, who needs a plan. Since it was only 3:30, I talked Yvette into riding that afternoon. After all, it was only a 12 mile ride and shouldn't have taken more than two and a half hours. "Shouldn't have" being the operative words.

White Mesa is a geological marvel. A giant gypsum dome that collapsed upon itself. Very beautiful.



The Dragon's Back.



Yvette all smiles after some fun downhill..



Yvette not smiling quite as much with some hike and climb a bike.



The valley and ridge lines below where we got lost.



Yep..we got lost and that ride went from 12 miles to 16 miles with another four or five of hike a bike, pushing up cliffed out trails and having to retreat. At one point as it was getting dark, Yvette said. "Let's leave our bikes and just climb out. But just before dark we found the right trail and with a full moon and a gypsum white trail, we rode back to the car in the dark. Only five and a half hours instead of that two and a half I'd promised her.

Now a smart man would have driven to the nearest hotel and checked his wife into a room. And I really knew I should have done that as I missed the last hotel heading out of Albuquerque, looked at my wife and commented. "No problem. It's only an hour to Grant". That was one long hour. We checked in at 11 PM.

Well, the next morning we were up early and back on the road by 7. We had planned to spend that night at a lake where I could catch some fish. At least that was my plan. And having saved a day by riding White Mesa the previous day/night. I was feeling pretty good about how the itinerary was playing out. Here, I have to thank Boon for lending me a rod and a reel. Without them, I probably wouldn't have landed a fish. We spent about 12 hours at the lake and I got to fish for eight hours or so. Lesson number two. A tired wife that doesn't fish also doesn't want to hang out by the car while her husband goes off fishing on her birthday vacation. But, I ended up catching four of these. A first for me. They truly are great fish.





Anyway, instead of camping we went back to Grant and got a room at 10 PM.

Off to Sedona by 6 AM. Man what a beautiful place. It's as if Zion, the Grand Canyon and Moab had all converged in one place. We spent three days riding our bikes and hiking in Sedona. There's so much great single track there. I could live in Sedona. We biked for three or four hours every morning and hiked in the afternoons.









We also hit Slide Rock. What a place to go cool down in the afternoon.









I said I'd jump if she took the pic..She said she got it.



Well, after three days in Sedona, we got up at 4AM and headed for the Grand Canyon. It was a last minute plan. Yvette wanted to take the 12 mile hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardens and Plateau Point. It was a great hike. Our first time below the rim.









Back at the top.



The hike took six and a half hours and we hit the road for Farmington..I had planned on doing some fishing...but had wised up. We spent the night and then took a quick ride at six AM on the Alien Trail this morning before heading on home..

Tired..But we both had a fantastic time.
 

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SUPERB!!! Crazy pace you keep, Hobie! Sweet musky.
 

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unreal, hobie... Great trip, great pix, great muskie, all around great....

You are lucky to have one another, and I pray my wife and I stay as vibrant and in-love as you two seem to be.

Bravo!!!
 

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Happy bday! Really nice fish! And nice pics too. Looks like a great time (except for the lost bike trail).
 

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Looks awesome Dave! No problem on helping out, my pleasure. Sorry you had to wait for me when Yvette was chilling. No phone service
Some good views for sure.
 

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Looks awesome Dave! No problem on helping out, my pleasure. Sorry you had to wait for me when Yvette was chilling. No phone service
Some good views for sure.
Shoot, I didn't mind waiting at all. Would have liked to have kept on waiting/fishing for half the next day..:smile: My fault. I should have set up camp for her and unpacked her bike. She was over it once we had a room. Thanks again.
 

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Looks like a fun trip!! I've been to Sedona literally hundreds of times! I spent about 16 years of my life about 30 miles south in Camp Verde. We would rarekly hit slide rock because of the polution!! They close it during certain times of the year due to all the bacteria!! We would always hit Grasshopper point instead.


Question hobie... You ever been to Havasupai Indian Reservation??
 

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Ricky, is Grasshopper point below the bridge on the way up Oak Creek Canyon? I haven't been to the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Batman had mentioned it to me before and after checking it out, it looks like a really cool place.

Man, there's so much to see and do and so little time. And then it seems that if and when you finally get to a point in life where you can do some of those things on a regular basis..you're to old to be able to do them anymore.
 

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Hobie remind me about that staircase. I know I've heard of it before , definitely ringing a bell but I can't exactly remember the story. ..
 

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Probably old hat to you Ricky, having lived in Arizona and so close to Sedona. We also checked out Jerome. Pretty cool place and Yvette really loved the cactus...everything was blooming.





I have no idea what this is..?

 

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Ricky, is Grasshopper point below the bridge on the way up Oak Creek Canyon? I haven't been to the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Batman had mentioned it to me before and after checking it out, it looks like a really cool place.

Man, there's so much to see and do and so little time. And then it seems that if and when you finally get to a point in life where you can do some of those things on a regular basis..you're to old to be able to do them anymore.
Grasshopper point is a couple miles from town(Sedona)up 89a on the right hand side. (34.887418,-111.731327) It's about a mile or so after that bridge.

Havasupai is AWESOME!! I have been there.... Well not really sure exactly how many times i have been.. myabe 10 or so.. Even went twice in the same year once. There was a really big flood down there like 5 years ago that changed almost all the falls so it's almost like a new place!

I did post a thread last time i went back in 2011... But looks like the pictures arent working anymore :(

http://www.coloradofisherman.com/forum/8-off-topic/58197-camping-hiking-trip-havasupai-indian-reservation-arizona.html
 

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Probably old hat to you Ricky, having lived in Arizona and so close to Sedona. We also checked out Jerome. Pretty cool place and Yvette really loved the cactus...everything was blooming.





I have no idea what this is..?

Yep... been to Jerome a few times as well... Spent a couple years living in Prescott and it's just over the hill.(or mountain as they call it in AZ LMAO) I heard up on mingus mountain you can paraglide all the way to new mexico!!


That plant.. We always called them century plants... But technically it;s an Agave plant.... The Native Americans in AZ would harvest them(Not 100% sure what part) and then somehow using a huge bon fire they extracted or did soemthing to get sugar. the plants live like 30 years before they bloom that beautiful stock of flowers... then they die.
 

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Thanks for the info on the Cactus. They were really cool. Yvette wants to get down near Tucson some time to ride through the Seguaro's. Even without the pics on your trip report, it sounds like it would really be a kick to combine it with a trip to Havasupai.
 

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Thanks for the info on the Cactus. They were really cool. Yvette wants to get down near Tucson some time to ride through the Seguaro's. Even without the pics on your trip report, it sounds like it would really be a kick to combine it with a trip to Havasupai.
Dont know how much of AZ you have explored.. but you dont need to go all the way to Tucson to see the Seguaro's.. They actually start about 50 miles N. of Phoenix and go all the way south... Kinda wierd.. There are NONE.. then all the sudden there is thousands!! Almost like there is an invisible line they cant cross.(Prob. has to do with altitude or something I would guess)

I cant speak highly enough about Havasupai!! However it gets more and more crowded and commercialized everytime i go :( The 1st time i went back in like 1998 ish... I had never even heard of the place(Even though i lived in AZ almost all my life!!) but now days I see pictures of the falls on magazines in the chechout line at king soopers!!


EDIT: Wanted to say that i was also at havasupai when they were filming the movie "Next" with Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel... Funny thing is.. If you watch the movie they make it look like havasu Falls is just a short walk when it is really over 10 miles LMAO.
 

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Dont know how much of AZ you have explored.. but you dont need to go all the way to Tucson to see the Seguaro's.. They actually start about 50 miles N. of Phoenix and go all the way south... Kinda wierd.. There are NONE.. then all the sudden there is thousands!! Almost like there is an invisible line they cant cross.(Prob. has to do with altitude or something I would guess)
Not too much Ricky. Just the Flagstaff area, Monument Valley, and now Sedona. If I would have known that, I would have driven her down to get her cactus fix...
 
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