SEPTEMBER 11, 2019: My friend, Viv, lives in the quaint, little town of Cottonwood, AZ. She had to work today so we wandered through the Main Street shops and admired the cowboys, complete with tight jeans, scuffed boots and Stetsons. Nothing wrong with looking.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2019: Off today for a 5-day trip, beginning in the red rock magic of Sedona, traveling north to the mountains of Flagstaff and ending the day in the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. Blues and burgundy of the desert at sunset, illuminated by a full moon. WOW!
SEPTEMBER 13, 2019: “Shop till we dropped” morning in Gallup, New Mexico. So much gorgeous Indian jewelry – so little time! On to Sky City, Acoma Pueblo, perched high on a plateau overlooking the desert. More about that in my new travel book, out soon.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2019: Hubbell Trading Post and Cameron Trading post in one morning –more jewelry we couldn’t resist. On to Canyon De Chelly and Monument Valley in Canyonlands. Watched the sunset shower golden pink over the buttes. Breathtaking!
SEPTEMBER 15, 2019: Grand Canyon Day!!! A new, amazing view around every turn of the South Rim drive. Late lunch at the famed El Tovar Hotel perched on the edge of the canyon. Sunset bathes the canyon in shades of blue, pink and silver and then DARK. Temps drop to 45.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2019: The little gold mining town of Jerome, its houses sliding down the hill, an inch a year, is one of my favorite places. It is an artists’ mecca. Lunch in the Grand Hotel on top of the mountain. It’s called The Asylum. I’m told ghosts walk at night. Didn’t stay to see.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2019: Weary but happy travelers piled ourselves and our dirty clothes into Viv’s house in Cottonwood. Kaye and I collapsed for nearly a whole day. Poor Viv had to go to work. We kept calling to be sure she was awake. Social workers can’t sleep on the job.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2019: Kaye and I on the road again with my friends Jim and Jeannie, who live in the cowboy town of Prescott. We toured the bars of Whiskey Row, which now house gift shops and restaurants and took pics of the town square. Could be right out of “Oklahoma.”
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019: Jim drove us back over the mountain to Cottonwood while Jeannie and I reminisced about our days together in Williamsburg. She started our Sweet Adeline Chapter. She still sings. I don’t and miss it. Took Viv to dinner to make up for having to work all day.
SHARON CANFIELD DORSEY is an award-winning poet and author of four children’s books, two books of poetry and a memoir entitled, Daughter of the Mountains. Watch for her new travel book, Road Trip, debuting in November.