Wednesday was our fun day bumbling around Sedona. We stayed in Cottonwood
last night, at the pleasant
Little Daisy Motel.
"Gluten free pizza!" What? We turned around and went back. Sure enough,
The Red Rock Loop definitely gets 5 stars. It winds around a few miles
through red rock canyons on a dirt road. There are also some nice homes
As we headed back into Sedona, Mary yelled "quilt shop!" The Sedona
Quilt Store had some interesting western patterns but the people were
not that friendly. We bought a few patterns. Just a couple blocks
further on down Mary yelled again ...
Picazzo's Gourmet Pizza and Salads
will serve any of their whole pizzas on a gluten-free crust. They also
helped us to find gluten- and vinegar-free toppings and salads. Mary
was in heaven! This was definitely a highlight of our trip so far.
The waitress told us that people have come out to Sedona all the way
from Indiana just to eat this pizza.
Next, we went up the Airport Road to the overlook. You can see all
of Sedona from above. Many of the buildings are painted red to match
the surrounding red rocks, but there was one cluster of whitish
buildings right in the middle of town. I think these may have been
some kind of industrial buildings, but Mary thinks maybe they were
Finally, we got our chance to visit the
Chapel of the Holy Cross.
This is a small Catholic Chapel set high in the red rocks. It is
known for its large stone cross built into the windows and the
hillside. We've been here before, but never inside. They have a
nice gift shop downstairs and we bought some post cards. Then we
went inside and prayed for several minutes. We prayed for Matthew
and many other things. There were candles to light and all the
Catholic stuff we don't understand. This was another highlight of
our trip so far.
We left town via Schebly Hill Road. This is a rough dirt
road that climbs to several stunning vistas of red rocks. We
definitely needed my high-clearance truck to do it. We were told
that sunset is the favorite time to travel it, but we started
around 3 pm. It took us right out to the freeway to Flagstaff,
so off we went. Goodbye Sedona, we'll be back again!
We decided to make it as far towards Albuquerque as possible.
We want to visit Rosabelle tomorrow. Mary took a little nap while
I drove as far as Gallup, where we had to get gas. Then Mary took
over while I rested. We arrived in downtown Albuquerque around
10:30 pm by our watches. But unknown to us, when crossing into
New Mexico, we lost an hour due to entering Mountain Daylight
Time (Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time all year). So it was
actually 11:30 pm. I slept better that night.