DAY 3 - The Mighty Canyon
The breakfast buffet was slightly improved this morning; instead of platters of muffins and danish there were pancakes. And, though there wasn't any sugar free syrup (a bit of a surprise to me here in the US of A), we could put the stevia (a non-caloric sweetner) we brought with us and enjoy an additional option.
We climbed into our motorcoach and headed towards Red Rock State Park for a Nature hike. The weather was beautiful, and our Local Expert engaged us with interesting information about the history, current culture, geology, and botany of the area. This was the type of excursion we'd come to love on our previous Adventures by Disney tours where all of our senses - including our minds - were immersed in the experience. Local Expert and tour: +1
After a brisk, morning walk through a park what can be better than lunch and shopping? Logistically, our next stop was perfect: Tlaquepaque - a delightful shopping area with several restaurants for "lunch on our own" options. We opted for The Secret Garden where we had one of the better meals of the tour. When I first saw the itinerary that had so many meals not included in our tour (three already in the 1.5 days we spent in Sedona), I thought it compared unfavorably with other tours we'd taken where many more meals were included, it became a theme, though, that meals on our own were better than the meals provided on the tour... so, I'm not sure whether to give a point to Adventure's by Disney planners for giving us some options for good meals or take take a point away for the quality of meals provided on the tour
The Tlaquepaque was delightful, stores full of artisan craft and creative ambiance. Even getting lost in all the twists and turns was an adventure. We made it back to the coach just in time for the ride to the Grand Canyon.
Our Local Expert on the Red Rock Park hike.
Our path through
The view through trees was soothing to the Soul
We traveled next to and crossed over the rushing current
Everything about this excursion worked for Alan and me. We love hiking in Nature!
LOVED the stained glass windows in the Secret Garden Cafe!
Lunch was pretty good, too. This is the Chicken Salad Croissant Sammie
And my favorite.. a hummous, red pepper, and feta chees Pita Pizza