In October 2003 we took my parents, Dot and Bill on
a vacation out west. Our destination was Sedona, Arizona, one of the most
beautiful cities in the country. We kept busy each day visiting the
Grand Canyon, exploring Indian ruins, shopping galore, and of course much card and game playing. It was a special time for the four of us and
I treasure the memories we made including celebrating my 50th birthday!
We eat McDonalds at the Dallas airport before leaving.
We stay in Oak Creek village at our timeshare.
It backs up to the golf course with wonderful views.
Sunrise highlights Cathedral Rock
as viewed from the golf cart path.
More view of the gorgeous Red Rocks on our
...more morning beauty.
We go exploring at nearby
Montezuma Castle. It is one of a number of well preserved ancient
in north central Arizona.
The cliff dwellers lived in the Red Rocks.
Mike and Dad explore the area.
Mom and I walk and talk.
Another view of the cliff dwellings above us.
Mom gives a last upward gaze at the ruins.
The breathtaking Red Rocks surround Sedona.
We eat lunch at the Javalina Cantina one of our
favorite places for both the food and the views
from their hillside setting.
We drive up Oak Creek canyon. Dad and I at an overlook
on top of the canyon.
The four of us at the overlook.
Native Americans sell their handmade crafts and jewelry
on the canyon top. Mom browses while I spend money!
Mom checks out the Oak Creek Canyon view.
On the way to our Grand Canyon
adventure we stop at
the IMAX theatre for a presentation about the Canyon.
Views from the Canyon Rim.
The spectacular Grand Canyon!
Mom and Dad
The sun's angle makes the rock appear to change color.
We wait for the Canyon Rim bus to take us to the
The canyon is 277 miles long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles
and attains a depth of more than a mile.
This is the last stop on the rim bus route.
The Canyon at dusk.
Mom and Dad at a cafe in Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque is the
most distinctive shopping experience to be found in the Southwest.
Authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque,
meaning the "best of everything,"
Mom and Dad shop for a colorful authentic
Indian rug to hang over their fireplace.