On our way back from the Grand Canyon, we took a side trip to see Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona. The views were gorgeous and we got to see a little bit more of the beautiful state of Arizona.
I don't know what I expected Sedona to be like, but when we got into the town limits, it reminded me of other mountain tourist towns, like Gatlinburg, with its shops and restaurants on a main strip. There is a lot of the area that we didn't get to explore this time, but maybe there will be an opportunity for a return trip someday (after I finish seeing all of the other places I want to see!).
Daniel had found a southwestern restaurant that had a good rating, but we weren't hungry for lunch yet, so we parked and walked up and down the main strip for a little while. It was very hot and many stores had mister fans blowing, which was nice. It still wasn't too pleasant to spend a lot of time outside. There were the typical souvenir/gift shops and Daniel found a t-shirt to take home.
There were also some interactive musical displays scattered along that area, so Daniel tried them out.
After walking around for a little while, we got back in the car and drove to find the restaurant, Javelinas, which boasted having scenic views from the dining room. That was a stretch, but the food was pretty good and we did get to see some of the red rocks from the parking lot.
On our way out of town, we stopped at a scenic area to snap a few more pictures of the beautiful red rock formations.