When we first planned our roadtrip, Arizona was not in it. But when we did the day by day part we suddenly realized we had som extra time. So after some research we decided to spend a couple of days in Sedona, Arizona. That sure didn't dissapoint. Sedona is beautiful and again different from everything on this trip.
We had seen pictures of the red mountain formations and was a bit confused on our way into Sedona, we only saw green forrest and lots of it. But after a while the very special red mountains started to show. Because that's what is so special about Sedona. It was both. It kind of looks like å crossover between a very cool very red dessert with mountains and a Norwegian forrest.
Beauty in all directions, the temperatur not that high, it even rained a bit. And we got the best hotel view I have ever had at the Orchard Inn. Big window and balcony with panorama towards the mountains. On our full day in Sedona we had a slow day. Walked around in the small city, bought some stuff, got surprised by the amount of alternative shops and healers and so on. It seems they belive that a special kind of energy radiates from the earth in Sedona... This must be the place on earth with the most readers and healers compared to the number of people living there. Not my thing, but it sure made Sedona a bit more colourful.
In the afternoon we drove through some scenic roads and planned to do a bit of hiking, but then a heavy rainfall came and we ended up relaxing with the beautiful view at the hotel instead. And got to bed early because the next day we were picked up at 4.45 to go on a balloon ride. Our first. It was fun and a beautiful way to start the day - seeing the sun rise over the mountains from a balloon. We first saw how they inflated it. It is way bigger than I imagined! And we were in the air for about an hour just floating by the woods and the mountains. Just beautiful!
The rest of the day just felt very long. We drove for about 6 hours (after getting up that early) to our next destination, the Joshua Tree Park area. The reward was arriving at the most beautiful hotel in Dessert Hot Springs. El Morocco Inn and Spa is like a little Moroccan oasis. Everything so beautifully made and exotic. And one of the cheapest hotels on our trip. Go for it if you are in the area!
Having one full day there we took a short trip to Palm Springs. Yes, there are loads of palms - facinating many, but beside that Palm Springs didn't give us that much. Mostly resorts. But Joshua Tree Park did not dissapoint! Rather the oposit. Pictures from the park sure doesn't give it enough credit. We drove (hiking is not a good idea in 40°C) through the park to Keys view for the sunset and had to stop all the time to explore the facinating landscape. Again - like nothing I have ever seen before. Joshua trees and mountain formations in constant change as you move through the park. I could easely spend more time there. And the sunset at Keys view sure delivered as well!
After all these days through so many landscapes unlike anything I've seen before, we are getting to the end of our trip now. La Jolla in San Diego and some beach time awaits before we are heading home. It's been a blast!
Hotel room view in Sedona
Sedona - green and red
Hotel room view
Driving through Joshua Tree Park
Joshua trees as far as you can see
Sunset at Keys view