Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Would you like to vacation in Sedona, Arizona? I've got a place for you.

Sedona is a place of great natural beauty.  We travel there at least once a year often sharing our condo with friends and family.

Cathedral Rocks

Painting Cathedral Rocks
Red Rock Crossing 

Evening dinner at The Creekside Restaurant

Oak Creek in Red Rock State Park

Oak Creek flows through the middle of Sedona

Sedona is located in the northern part of Arizona, approximately 90 minutes drive from Phoenix, AZ at 4,326′ elevation. It is approximately 2 hours drive to the Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim).  Many visitors love the tranquility and energy of the place. Others like the arts scene, hiking, 4-wheeling or photography.  Shopping and dining there is terrific and there are so many opportunities for healthy living experiences, yoga, massage, golf, and mystical experiences.

My daughter has a lovely timeshare at Villas of Sedona which is available for one week a year (any week you want with advance reservations).  This year it is reserved for December 8-15, 2017.  It is a one bedroom plus a sleeping loft and 1 1/2 bathrooms. The bedrooms and a full bath are upstairs and a sofa sleeper and half bath are downstairs.  It has a fireplace, a private patio, a balcony, two flat screen TVs, DVD/CD player and is fully stocked with kitchen equipment ready for your enjoyment. It sleeps a maximum of 6 persons.

Activities center and outdoor pool and hot tub

The indoor pool
   Here s the floor plan:

The Chapel of the Holy Cross in the rocks

Slide Rock Park in Oak Creek Canyon

Here is what the condo (representative) looks like from the outside:

Here are some pictures of the inside (representative):

Living room

Living room and dining area

Half bath downstairs

Kitchen and door to outside front patio


Stairs to bedroom and sleeping loft

Upstairs bath with shower




Sleeping loft with Murphy bed

Balcony off sleeping loft

Sleeping loft upstairs


Living room

Private rear patio
This unit is for rent December 8-15, 2017 for $300.  Or for $301 plus $115 fees, you can purchase the unit as a deeded ownership for the week of your choice every year (including December 8-15, 2017).  Annual homeowner dues are $773 per year payable January 1 of each year.  If you own this timeshare, you can exchange your week for a fee to thousands of other places in the world. Besides your one week a year reservation, you can ask for Bonus Time 3 weeks in advance and stay for one to seven nights any other time of the year at any of three VRI properties  (subject to vacancy) in Sedona for a small fee per night.

Tlaquepaque Village

The chapel at Tlaquepaque Village

Sedona is a center of New Age activities
Ron and Vicki at Tlaquepaque Village

Ron flying in a vintage bi-plane at Sedona Airport

Here is a video I did of a drive through Oak Creek Canyon in October, 2015: 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mary and the Grand Kids Come to Albuquerque for Spring Break

My daughter, Mary, arrived Sunday with the grand children to spend Spring Break in Albuquerque.  They hail from Grand Junction, Colorado (pop. 59,000).  The kids are 5 and 7 years old.  They think Albuquerque is fabulous.  I asked why they liked Albuquerque?  "Because it is so-oooo big." said the eldest.  Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico (pop. 546,000 and metro area is over 900,000).  It's big for New Mexico which has only 2,059,000 population in a land area that is the 5th largest state (we have some wide open empty places in New Mexico). Their mom and Aunt Amanda and visiting San Diego friend Ashley and I have taken them to the movies, Museum of Natural History, Tiguex Park, Madrid (pronounced "MAD-drid"), Meow Woof in Santa Fe, and of course, splashing in Grandma's hot tub.  The weather has been sunny and in the 80's.  Wow, what's not to like about New Mexico?

I have a limitation on walking (due to bunion surgery March 7th), so I haven't been able to take them for walks or hikes. But we did get around the Museum of Natural History and catch the IMAX film in 3-D "Galapagos"  followed by a fun time in Tiguex Park where I mostly observed their boundless energy.

Evenings have been shared with movies, coloring, and falling in love with my cat, Precious.  The girls are totally delightful and I look forward to going to Grand Junction April 4-19 to help Mary and her husband Matt as Mary has to travel for her job.