Normally, around the end of September Jane and I would find ourselves up north in Montana enjoying the grandeur of Glacier National Park. This year, however, we were forced to make a last minute decision to cancel that autumn trip due to the devastating wildfires in and around the Park. The consequence of that unfortunate cancelation was that we now found ourselves in the unaccustomed situation of being at home for a bunch of weeks rather than traveling and photographing. What was I going to do with all that unexpected time on my hands? I’m not terribly good at being at home for too long. Not that there are no “projects” to be done around the house, it is just that I’m not a handyman and rather good at procrastination. So, as Jane watched me get more and more bored and restless, she came up with a brilliant suggestion. Why don’t I try and get a timeshare trade somewhere so we can take a bit of a trip?
That is how our consolation trip to Sedona, Arizona, came about. Turned out we were able to get a last minute timeshare trade to Sedona for the first week of October. The long way to Sedona, up U.S. Highway 95 from Yuma and over the mountains through Prescott and Jerome, is only about a day’s drive from San Diego. So the consolation trip to Sedona was an easy one week vacation and, needless to say, I was a happy camper to be on another journey. Sedona is surrounded by picturesque red rock formations and I looked forward to making some panoramic landscape images. In addition, it turned out that the 2017 Harvest Moon, the full moon nearest to the start of fall, or autumnal equinox, was to occur during the first week in October. That meant some more moon photography practice for me.
For a consolation trip, this short hop to Sedona turned out to be a truly astonishing junket. The timeshare unit was spacious and homey, there was a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, and numerous trails to hike. We enjoyed all of it, eating sleeping and hiking. We also explored some of the backcountry on dirt tracts to ancient Hopi cliff dwelling sites. All in all, we much appreciated this last minute consolation trip to Sedona.
I have not made a separate gallery for this trip to Sedona, so don't worry if you can't find any additional images from this trip.