Yesterday was a travel day, but it's not that hard to get to Phoenix from Columbus, and if you use the low fare finder on Expedia (and your schedule is flexible enough), not that expensive either. Plus, it's a non-stop flight which is far and away my preference. We're not actually staying in Phoenix - we're actually staying at a B&B six miles south of Flagstaff. It's only a couple of hours to drive up to Flagstaff, what with the generous 75 mph speed limit, but the climb to 7000' in an underpowered rental really requires flogging the poor beast like a rented mule which, of course, it is.
The B&B is called the Sled Dog Inn, for obvious reasons:
It's really quite a menagerie they have. All told, there are:
-- 11 Huskies
-- 3 pocket dogs
-- a mixed breed that looks mostly yellow Lab
-- 4 parrots
-- 1 cat
Today was the first full day here, and we used it to drive to Sedona. Along the way, we stopped at the Oak Creek Canyon for some pictures:
The road from Flagstaff to Sedona (Rt 89a) is a beautiful drive, but it is a narrow 2 lane road with very few places to pull aside and take pictures. Sedona itself is also a very beautiful town, but it is hot, crowded, touristy, and pretty much the definitive "great place to visit, wouldn't want to live there" city:
Tomorrow: the train ride to the Grand Canyon.