We called it an early night and were up bright and early the next day to do some touring. Breakfast wasn't bad - a heaping bowl of granola and strawberries for each of us and a "New York" style bagel with cream cheese. I can assure you, the bagel was not from New York!
A visit to Montezuma's Well and Montezuma's Castle was first on our list. We hiked all around the well and down the base and viewed the ruins of cave homes that had been lived in by the ancient Native Americans. Montzuma's Castle was few miles away and had an admission.
As we pulled into Jerome, I was impressed with this typically, "old west" looking town. It was small and old fashioned looking, but from Tedd's recollection, having visited Jerome in the early 1980's, he said it had really become very commercial in recent years. We walked along the streets and into the quaint little shops and galleries, which were rather pricey but did have some interesting artwork. While browsing, a beautiful, green malachite heart bracelet, set in sterling silver caught my eye. As I was admiring it, Tedd decided to buy it for me, which made my day!
Driving back to our Sedona Hotel, we passed a Wal-mart. Now, in 2014, Wal-mart is not much of a novelty anywhere in the country. But, back in 1995, as New Yorkers, we had never stepped foot in one, let alone, saw one up close and personal. So, we had to stop and take a gander. We stocked up on junk food - crackers, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cracker jacks and pop tarts (my personal favorite). Since it was so close to Christmas, I picked up a few "cassette tapes" (am I dating myself yet?!). They had a mix of different artists singing various carols, none of which were on the pop charts anymore. These included Andy Williams and Jim Nabors, to name a few.
The jeep tour was terrific but we didn't know what we were to encounter! It was a gorgeous, sunny, crisp Saturday morning, and both Tedd and I showered and washed our hair. I was so happy with how lovely my hair styled with the dry southwestern air. We had no idea about the dust and the dirt that was going to get kicked up around us during this open air jeep ride. Needless to say, we were filthy by thte time the tour was over! But, in spite of clay residue throughout our hair and on our scalps, it was a wonderful tour.
When the tour was over, I was fixing my hair, unaware of the clay film on it and as I ran my fingers through it, I was shocked by the dirt on my hands! We were both pretty grossed out, but had to laugh at our dirty souvenir from Sedona. -Elisa