We again took to the smaller roads and traversed Arizona to Jerome. It’s an old mining town with Victorian buildings set high on a mountainside. We arrived just before sundown, and had a look around. The town is pitching the ‘ghost town’ angle, and by 5 things were closing down, making the the story seem likely. The Haunted Hamburger was recommended and we had a good time listening to stories about the strange occurrences that happened around town.
The next morning we headed north to Sedona. This place has long been on my list of places to go, and I was really excited to be there. There are canyons and red rock cliffs everywhere, an outdoor paradise. We toured the ‘vortexes’ , where supposedly people have reported feeling inspired by a beneficial source of energy. Jason was skeptical, but I swear it was one of the happiest days in my life.
Next we hiked Devils Bridge. We attempted to do several other hikes, as this one was out of the way, but Bode insisted on Devil’s Bridge. We finally gave in and headed to jeep territory. The dirt road was one of the more exciting trips the van has taken. Once we started we realized it was clearly a 4 wheel drive road (plenty of dune buggies,) but we were having so much fun it didn’t matter. Red Beard handled it like a champ – its all about ground clearance – but there has been something rattling around in the back ever since.
The hike was wonderful, and Bode was a real trooper. We hiked up to the top of a mountain for a killer view. Then, since we didn’t remember the flashlights, we had to race back down before the sun set.
Also, if you ask Bode to take your photo, your should probably specify that you want him to use your camera.