Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day 27: Sedona to Tucson

The Grand Western Tour woke up to a beautiful morning in Sedona, Arizona, with clear skies and warm weather. After breakfast at the Arabella Hotel, the crew prepared for an off-road Pink Jeep Tour of the Sedona Red Rocks. 

Our group piled into 9 Pink Jeeps, each with a highly trained driver that was knowledgable about the area's culture, history and geology. We went off roading from the heart of Sedona up the rocky path of Schnebly Hill Road. It was a bumpy  and rough ride but undoubtably fun! Many of the rocks were named after their physical similarities to other things including Snoopy and Lucy, named after the Peanuts characters and Batman Rock. Other formations include Chimney Rock, Thunder Mountain, Rabbit Ears and Eagle Head Rock, to name a few. 

The gorgeous red and white rocks were created over millions of years by oceans, deserts and volcanoes. The vibrant red color is due to iron oxide, otherwise known as rust. 

After our memorable Pink Jeep Tour, we loaded the bus and headed toward Tucson. We made a lunch stop and within seconds of stepping off the bus, we could feel the fiery heat of the desert. The temperature was about 109 degrees today and tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter! 

We arrived at the Omni National Golf Resort and Spa just in time for an afternoon swim, tennis game or workout session. Later on we had a cookout by the pool with hamburgers, hotdogs, potatoe salad, baked beans, watermelon, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. 

For the remainder of the night, students relaxed by the pool or around the resort. It's nice to have a few slow-paced days to chill by the pool and enjoy each other's company!

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