I have to take a minute to tell you how awesome my husband is. Matt planned an entire day for us and kept it a surprise for me the whole time. It was awesome! He told me to wear my hiking clothes, and he also packed some clothes for me to change in to later. We drove for a couple hours to our first destination, Sedona. We stopped at the West Fork in Oak Creek. It was beautiful! We began our nearly seven mile hike with this view.
There was an old resort that was in this meadow where many famous people used to stay. It burned down many years ago, and very little was left. A cave, a chicken coop, and a fireplace that was in the main building was all that remained.
There were several river crossings throughout the hike. Some were easier to cross than others!
Around every corner there was something beautiful to see!
Since we were near Sedona there was tons of gorgeous red rock to see!
The sun was reflecting off the water onto the rocks, and it was beautiful!
Here is where the path stopped, and the water took over.
After our hike, Matt told me to change and we drove to the next stop. We landed here, Page Springs Cellars.
We enjoyed a little snack and took a walk throughout the vineyard.
That was the end of our planned day, however Matt came up with another quick stop for us. We headed up the mountain to Jerome. Many of our friends had told us we needed to go up there, but they never told us much about it. It was an old mining town turned near ghost town set up on a hill about a mile above sea level. It was fun to explore.
We took a walk around the town including the sliding jail. They said this jail detached from the building and slid down the mountain to where it is today.
We learned about several legends and stories from a local shop owner.
We found some ice cream and enjoyed sitting at a park on main street taking it all in.
We made a quick stop to look at some of the old mining materials. They still have the Audrey Headframe opened that goes down about 1900 feet. It was hard to see, but it was still scary nonetheless.
I also had to share my walking activity with my family. I had quite the spike in activity. My feet were pretty sore the next day!!
Thanks again to my awesome husband for planning such a neat day for us. It was fun to get away and enjoy some perfect weather!