I have a good buddy who runs an upholstery repair business in Chandler, AZ (check out his website here: www.upholsterychandler.com) and he recently got done with a big project on a bunch of custom cars, so he asked me to come visit him, and take in some sights in the desert. I was super excited to join him because, well, I’m the travelling kind of guy, and back to the name of this blog, it’s been a while since I intersected down to Arizona for some sun.
When he called, I didn’t know if I was going to go because it’s currently so hot down there, but he said that we would take a side trip to Sedona to do some hiking, and the weather would be a little cooler east of Phoenix.
First off, if you haven’t been to Sedona, you have to go. We spent more time hiking around there than we spent in Chandler and around the Phoenix area. Sedona is rich in it’s Native American history, and we took a tour through some old tribal grounds that they estimate are over 1000 years old, and the ruins are absolutely breathtaking to see with your own eyes.
The hiking is also something to behold because of not only the terrain that you will cover, but the sights that you are seeing while you are walking. There are some cliffs that drop straight down, but that you can hike all the way to the edge of. If you are the outdoorsy type, you should have a look at touring the Grand Canyon while you are down in Arizona, because everything is so close.
We did just that, taking two days to hike around the south rim, and into the canyon where we were allowed to go. Some of the park was closed down because of dangerous terrain, but for the most part, the national park relatively open to tourists. Before you go, make sure that you bring the following things:
-Sunscreen. Very expensive at any local gift shop, and you’ll need it down there.
-Snacks. This hurt us the first day we were hiking around, and we couldn’t have been more unprepared to eat. We hiked for about 5 hours, then had to stop for a very poor bite to eat, which basically slowed our progress throughout the day.
-Towels. I don’t think I have every sweat in my entire life as much as I did while we were hiking around. On that note, also bring an extra change of clothes.
-Map or compass. There’s very little chance to get lost in the Grand Canyon, but in case you do, you want to make sure you know your way back to either your car or civilization. Same for Sedona, which you can get lost easily in.
It was great to see Jason, and we had 4 days of hiking and catching up in Sedona, Chandler, and the Grand Canyon. If you are travelling to Arizona in the summer, make sure that you either have air conditioning where you are going, or you are going to be wandering in the more mountainous regions where it’s not too hot!