Random Ramblings!

Random Ramblings is a post where I'll write about whatever catches my fancy for the week.  Sometimes it may be book related, other times it make just be life related.  I like to take photos as well, so it may feature some of those too.  I hope you'll enjoy all the random things I have to say!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel with my husband, James, and my best friend, Belinda, who you may know as The Bookish Snob, and her husband, Mark, to Sedona, AZ.

Belinda & Mark
James & Lacey
Sedona is close to my heart, because it's the home place setting for my books in the Of Witches and Warlocks series.  Sedona is a beautiful town.  It's set right in the middle of some of the most gorgeous red rock cliffs I've ever seen.  There are sweeping vistas in every direction, since the surrounding terrain goes from beautiful Ponderosa Pine covered mountains, to desert valley floors in the matter of just a few miles.

The town itself is full of bustling tourist shops of all varieties, great smelling restaurants, and holistic shops and spas.  The natives are very friendly, though probably ninety percent of the people you may meet will be tourist just like you, but the locals are great too!

When we first got to Sedona, we dropped by the local high school and took some pictures since several scenes from the first book in my series, Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells, take place there.  It's a nice looking school, with interesting architecture, sitting pretty in the middle of some amazing views of the surrounding area.

After we were done at the high school, we drove to the tourist trap part of town and found a parking place in one of the steep hillside garages.  We had to hike back up a bunch of steep stairs to the main street.  This proved to be a bit arduous for me and Belinda, due to my recently ill, asthmatic lungs, and her horribly sprained ankle which caused her to be on crutches!  I think the two of us felt like we had hiked the Grand Canyon by the time we both reached the top.  Of course our hubbies had a field day laughing at us over it!

When we finally made it back to the main street, we went to a great little Mexican food restaurant called Oaxaca for lunch.  Our food was delicious and we had a lot of fun visiting, laughing and just enjoying the ambiance of the place.

When we were done with lunch, we went to check out a couple of the local shops, which featured a lot of amazing local artists work, and just many beautiful and interesting things in general.  There are lots of terrific sculptures and statues around the town too that are just wonderful to look at.

This particular sculpture was actually a water feature, but they didn't have it running for some reason.  It was still gorgeous though.  We browsed around for a little bit in nice artsy strip mall, before we decided to head up through breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon, to go to Flagstaff. 

In Flagstaff, we admired the scenic view of the San Francisco Peaks, and the snow-capped top of Humphrey's mountain which tower over the city.  Belinda and I were giddy with delight when we found ourselves in book bloggers paradise, going to every single book store in Flag.   We bought up lots of wonderful stories to review ... much to the dismay of our husbands, of course, who followed us around aimlessly!  Belinda was positively squealing over how big the Barnes and Noble store was there.  I thought she was going to hug Mark to death in her excitement.  James was very under enthused, and I could almost see the calculator clicking in his head as he wondered how many books I might buy at this location.  Men.  (shakes head)  They just don't get it!!

When we were done with our shopping, carrying out a nice stack of books, we stopped off at the local Olive Garden restaurant for some yummy dinner together.  It was delicious as always, and we enjoyed just sitting back and relaxing together.  We were pretty beat after dinner though, so we decided to fore go further shopping and the movie we had planned to attend in favor of heading back home.

I have to say it was a very fun day though, and we really had a wonderful time together!  James and I love hanging out and laughing it up with Mark and Belinda!  I can't wait until we can have another fun adventure together!  I wonder if Belinda and I could coax the guys to go to the Book Expo in Los Angeles, California with us?  Oh! Or perhaps RomCon in Denver, Colorado?  Ha ha!  I can see the eye rolling already! Perhaps Belinda will need to make those a gal pal vacay.  We might enjoy it more without our hubbies freaking out every step of the way!!

Thanks for dropping by and letting me ramble on!  I hope you'll keep coming back for more!