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[Hiking up to Devil’s Bridge – Sedona, AZ]

November 1, 2016

Sometime months ago, Ben and I decided we were going to take a fun hiking trip. I, of course completely forgot about this and before I knew it, it was time to head to Phoenix. Why Phoenix? Good question. Our friend Brian who also joined us on this trip has an office there so it was a great excuse to meet up with him. First up, our hike in Sedona’s Devil’s Bridge. It lives up to its name…

First, we bought coffee at Yellow Leaf Coffee co…which as you can tell is actually a drive thru. We learned this the hard way. It was very late at night when we got there after many flight delays so we did a Hotel Tonight near by and got coffee in the morning.

Me: Hi, three iced coffees please! No room.

Barista: No sugar? Okay, wow. (The New Yorker in me ignored him but he was right…it was very caffeinated, I think this was actually unadvertised cold brew rather than iced coffee – a regularly $2 difference)

Me: Um, is this a drive—- FUCK

Barista: It’s whatever you want it to be, but, yes typically a drive thru

Below is a photo of what happens when a bunch of people who only know how to live in a city interact with people inside a drive thru coffee.

Morning coffee!

Morning coffee!

We made it to Sedona and with no time to spare, skipped every single awesome spa experience and started to hike.

 

On the road again

On the road again

Making our way from the parking lot, lots of cacti. Prickly pear cacti if you've ever had the jam

Making our way from the parking lot, lots of cacti. Prickly pear cacti if you’ve ever had the jam

Into the canyons

Into the canyons

Things were going so smoothly...

Things were going so smoothly…

And then Brian realized he forgot to lock the car and did a mile loop back...

And then Brian realized he forgot to lock the car and did a mile loop back…

We took pictures while we waited

We took pictures while we waited

Then we finally went back to hiking

Then we finally went back to hiking

What we forgot to look up was the temperature in Oct. in Sedona. IT was hot...

What we forgot to look up was the temperature in Oct. in Sedona. IT was hot…

So we made it down the road, which was filled with jeep tours going by and finally made it to the main hike. I have to say that while this is worth it, we went at the most highly trafficked time which made walking quite difficult. Our hike that afternoon/night was much more peaceful.

This sign is your half way point basically, should you choose not to park your car at this lot. By the way, four wheel drive is more than recommended.

This sign is your half way point basically, should you choose not to park your car at this lot. By the way, four wheel drive is more than recommended.

It was basically sand so your legs get the ultimate workout

It was basically sand so your legs get the ultimate workout

Yep, still tier one of heights.

Yep, still tier one of heights.

Finally, tier 2 aka Devil's bridge. As we went up, one man shouted "only a half mile til you see the devil!" He was right.

Finally, tier 2 aka Devil’s bridge. As we went up, one man shouted “only a half mile til you see the devil!” He was right.

Back to tier 1, a lot of these stacked rocks everywhere.

Back to tier 1, a lot of these stacked rocks everywhere.

And one last picture of Brian who got the most pictures because he was the only person walking in front of me.

And one last picture of Brian who got the most pictures because he was the only person walking in front of me.

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