Time for some crazy: a Pink Jeep Off-road Tour into U.S. Forest Service protected land. Started by a realtor as a gimmick to show potential clients the gorgeous wilderness of Sedona, the Pink Jeep Tours company has been around for over 50 years and has evolved solely into an off-road tour company in Sedona and the Grand Canyon.
Driving in these, at times extreme, conditions requires huge, under inflated tires and 4 wheel drive. We chose the 2 hour Broken Arrow tour which took you to Submarine Rock and Chicken Point and featured a couple of astoundingly steep ascents and descents. Our driver, Burt Stone (great name for what he does), was fantastic. He managed the perfect balance between scare-the-hell-out-of-you-we’re-gonna-roll-this-baby and making sure you saw everything. (Not to mislead, he was totally safe the whole time but just was a lot of fun and has been driving these tours for over 15 years.)
If you’re ever in Sedona, I highly recommend taking a Pink Jeep tour! The next time I go, I’m taking the pano equipment because this place is full of mind-blowing, astounding 360º vistas!
Take a careful look at the Chicken Point picture above. About halfway up the rock you’ll see a white line of rock. Every year the dirt biking community hosts the White Line Bike Race. Yes, you’ve got the idea. INSANE!
After the Broken Arrow off-road adventure, we picked up a couple of t-shirts. My favorite one, in a burnt red color much the same as the dirt all around Sedona, “Old as dirt.”
When the lady went to fold them, she used the most clever little thing I’ve ever seen. This little board thing from FlipFold made folding them perfectly really fast and easy. Tim likes and thinks one of these is in his future!
On the way to getting off road, Burt pointed out something of which I was unaware: Lucille Ball had a house here in Sedona. In fact, the current owners have a life-size mannequin of her standing on the balcony. I’m including a photo of the house which I shot from a distance; so, seeing the mannequin is a bit of a challenge.
I’m also including this “making of…” photo of Steve’s fun “hanging off the cliff photo. Burt took the actual photo (top), and therefore I wasn’t in the proper position to shoot a replica of it. But the photo I shot (bottom) shows how the photo Burt shot was taken.
For lunch today we stopped off at a micro brewery in the Tlaquepaque shopping area where all of the race numbers had been given out a couple of days before. This shopping area is filled with high end shops featuring artists’ work, restaurants, fine boutiques, etc. One could spend a fortune here in no time, but the art work is amazing.
We had originally booked a helicopter tour of the area at sunset; however, there were complications. As we were being driven out to the pad, the helicopter was coming in for a landing. The pilot asked our driver (via radio) to bring a bucket, a clean up kit, some air freshener, etc. Oops! Not good. Yes, the previous passenger had become sick in the helicopter. Ours, the last fight of the day, was canceled. Never to worry, we rebooked for the first ride tomorrow morning!
In the mean time, off to short some more photos of the airport vortex!
We ended our day with a quiet evening at the Barking Frog restaurant. And yes, apparently frogs really do exist that making a barking sound. Weird.