Road Trip 2012 – Arizona – Part II

by Tanya on September 17, 2013



On the road in Arizona:)

This past spring I wrote about the kitschy part of our Road Trip through Arizona, The Mother Road, Route 66. In this post let’s tour the beauty we encountered here. Beginning in Sedona, ending in Lake Havasu on our way into California. Northern Arizona has an abundance of beautiful places to explore. We drove into AZ on I-40 (Alt Route 66), stopping at several Route 66 must sees, then onto Flagstaff. Hubby and I fell in love with Flagstaff years ago, before kids, when we briefly lived in Las Vegas, NV.  I had heard of a cool coffee house named Macy’s so off we went. Perfect! Had exactly the laid back, hippy feel I was looking for and expect from this beautiful mountain town! This was only a short stop on our way to Sedona, another love of ours!  I couldn’t wait to drive down 89A again, it’s a beaut, skimming Oak Creek Canyon!  The campgrounds are mostly first come first serve in this area and we got to one just in time for a choice of 3-4 sites and got set-up. We stayed two nights here, taking a ride into Sedona, showed the kids the Cathedral Rock Lodge their daddy and I stayed at several times on trips here, drove around to show off the amazing red rock formations, hiked the West Fork. So much fun!

Then we packed it up and headed north to the south rim of the Grand Canyon!  I had made reservations for us to stay at Mather Campground inside Grand Canyon Village.  I do recommend it, it’s close to everything, groceries, all various South Rim hikes, restaurants, museums, shops, welcome center….  Truthfully, it kinda reminded me of Disney World there were so many things to do.  Every night there was a bonfire fire talk with a ranger or other gathering. We only stayed two nights, but would love to return and spend more time. We were able to get in one group hike down into the canyon a bit with a Junior Ranger event. It was very informational about the rock layers and how/when the canyon was formed.

Next we headed south to Lake Havasu City to stay for a night before crossing into CA where we’d be staying for an entire month! Lake Havasu was HOT! Holey Moley HOT! 115 degrees and no shade at the site. But we choose a site right on the lake! Needing to desperately get out of the sun we drove into town, to the mall and choose to catch a movie, Madagascar 3.  Ahhhh, air!  Once we got back to the site the sun was only up for a couple hours, so in the lake we went.  It was so hot, we were just not into setting up camp so tonight we slept in the car with the windows down. It does cool down considerably at night in the desert, the air is dry, we were comfortable, well not with the position our bodies were in, ha.  At some point in the middle of the night, not sleeping well, I saw a wild boar run through the campground. I have to say the whole experience here was on the surreal side and it’s still one of my favorite memories from the trip.

On our way out of AZ the next morning we hit an animal, thinking a bobcat, it came out of nowhere. That began an adventure within the adventure that I’ll talk about in the posts about CA.


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Charlie August 31, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Need some traveling advise. .. I’m a 42 yo grandmother of 3 andays I want to take a road trip from Louisiana to the grand Canyon. Alone!!! Will I be safe?


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