After recovering from our taxing drive on Thursday, we spent Friday and Saturday just hanging out while our friend enjoyed some quality time by the pool. By Sunday we all felt sufficiently recovered to take another road trip, this time to Flagstaff. We took the scenic route via Sedona- twisty but paved all the way. By the time we arrived it was after 12:30, so of course we stopped for lunch. Too much lunch. We had the best sweet potato fries and gluten free pizza I’ve ever tasted, so I ate past the point of common sense once again.
After lunch we toured Walnut Canyon National Monument. There are two short hikes there. One is 3/4 of a mile along the rim. Easy peasy. The second is a one mile loop that takes you about halfway down the canyon and back up again. Not so easy peasy. Going down wasn’t bad but coming back up was a killer. There are 240 stairs and we felt every one of them. You have to keep in mind that Flagstaff is at a higher elevation than Denver, so we started the hike from 6600 feet. You really feel the exertion at that altitude.
Nobody lost their lunch on the hike, which I count as a victory. After that little adventure we wandered around historic downtown Flagstaff for a while and then met our friend’s friend and her boyfriend for dinner. The restaurant was fantastic but my husband and I were both still stuffed from lunch so we could only manage soup and a shared appetizer. I fell in love with a painting hanging on the wall near our table and it happened to be for sale, so guess what we brought home? I’m sure the other people at the table thought I was crazy. Who buys a painting with their dinner? But it’s gorgeous and I think we actually have a place to hang it.