29th Aug, 2011

Sedona & Flagstaff, AZ – Part One – August 13 – 15, 2011

Total distance driven (includes in-city driving): 25,516 kms (15,819.9 miles)
Average gas consumption: 15.7 L per 100 KM

It was tough saying goodbye to Malibu.

So beautiful, perfect summer temperatures…but we had to hit the road…so we said a final farewell to our Malibu paradise…

…then we hit the road and drove the entire day. We also had our last tasty burger from In-N-Out Burger – yum!

About an hour or two out of the Los Angeles area and we were in the sticks…

…lots of open land, mountain ranges and long vistas. Being on a road with very few cars was a nice treat!

A few hours more and we hit Arizona! It was very hot and dry…42C when we hit the border. We seriously missed our Malibu paradise. But then again gas prices were lower than Southern California. Hmmm…

Thankfully we abated the heat by setting up camp in Flagstaff, AZ – at approximately 7,000 feet elevation. In fact Flagstaff is so cool that winter means snow and skiing!

We stayed at Flagstaff KOA where we paid $33.10 per night for a site that included water and electricity.

We headed down the Oak Creek Canyon road on our way to Sedona. This windy road dropped us to about 4,000 feet elevation…and that seriously raised the heat.

To cool off, we stopped by Slippery Rock State Park and took a ride on the 70 foot long natural water slide!

We arrived in Sedona just before sunset – and it was beautiful!

Sedona is completely surrounded by red canyon cliffs, butts and mesas…which must be the reason so many people recommended the place.

Even the clouds look amazing against the bright blue sky.

Next up, Sedona & Flagstaff, AZ – Part Two.

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