Sedona Getaway

Last weekend was a breath of fresh air in every way when we drove to Sedona, Arizona for a 5 day vacation with the Bennetts and Morgans (Stephen & Nancy; Joe & Linda, of Harp Guitar Gathering fame). While this blog is not harp guitar-related, they are…please enjoy at any rate!


I had been here with my family in 1997, the others had not. Even so, I had forgotten the scope and magnificence of the red buttes.


This outcrop gives new meaning to the term “town center”


Nancy by the wonderful Midgley bridge


From one of the many scenic overlooks


I remembered eating at Tii Gavo at the Enchantment Resort (my family looked it up). This is where we sat back then with this exact incredible view. My sister said it looked like they still had the same furniture!


We sat outdoors for this go-around. Superlative food and stunning scenery.


At Slide Rock State Park…


…where we were mesmerized by this.





Exotic flora on the hiking trails above


Mahogany-barked Manzanita


Alligator Juniper


We did not want to leave.


Before sunset, we drove up to the Airport Overlook, where the locals said was the spot for watching the sunset. It was, though cloud cover didn’t allow too much through that evening.


It was very handy having our Odyssey van. No splitting up in “boys” and “girls” cars; we were pretty much inseparable the whole weekend.


Sunday’s final outing was to the V-Bar-V Heritage Site. There were three main sites for petroglyphs – this was the only one we could get into without a reservation, and still managed to amaze and move us to speechlessness. The docent is pointing to a spot where nearly a thousand years ago the Sinagua Indians marked the seasons with shadow stones creating a solar calendar.

sedona14The carvings and symbols are still largely open to interpretation.



There was very little down-time this trip, but The Recliners were prepared, as always. Stephen brought his banjo, Joe a small Taylor; I had a harp guitar (which SB debuted a couple new tunes on) and – not just for fun, but remarkably practical – my Turturro Turnover, which allowed me to switch instantly between mandolin and ukulele.

Needless to say, besides the spiritual, introspective sharing, there was much in the way of sophomoric shenanigans, epic laughter and so many incidents that must understandably go with us to our graves…

We highly recommend it.

  1. Daniel Wheeldon Says:

    I love the turturro turnover! And that looks like a marvellous time.

  2. Dan Pease/Bettie Swarts Says:

    Hey All Y’All!

    D&B here, sheltering in place in the Sumner House and getting a bit misty at seeing six of our favorite peeps having the sort of holiday that seems to be in real jeopardy in this mad time.

    It is a bit of therapy just to be with you in pictures. We are, so far, in the clear, though we (especially me!) are in the high risk range, but my regular medical check yesterday went quite favorably, although I reinjured a decades-old rotator cuff tear a couple weeks ago in a moment of less-than-balletic clumsiness.

    But I digress–love and best wishes to all. STAY SAFE–DUCK AND COVER!

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  4. Dad! Says:

    Hi Gregg and Jaci, I finally thought to look at your blog as something nice to do with everything shut down here at Oak Trace Retirement Home. I first read all about the two body harp guitar which proved again what a great detective you are. Then I went to the next blog and was blown away with nostalgic moments of our family trip to Sedona, Arizona in 1997. I want to call Vivian in to look at your pictures on my computer as soon as I finish this. Those were wonderful times together and your pictures bring back nice memories. Thank you. Love ya! Dad

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