Old Town Cottonwood has character:
|We're in the wild West now!|
Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders has a retail store in Old Town Cottonwood. The knowledgeable staff helps you with tastings and pairings of a wide variety of quality olive oils and white and red balsamic vinegars. The blood orange olive oil and chocolate red balsamic vinegar combo was fantastic! I ended up walking away with the blood orange oil and could easily have bought more if I had the space.
We checked out Aloha Radio at the Main Stage bar one evening. The band was fun and call their style Surf Soul. The venue had the best acoustics, lighting and sound we've ever seen and some great art on display as well.
|Art and lights at the Main Stage.|
We headed up to Sedona for a St Patricks weekend show but on the way we wanted to stop at the Red Rock Ranger District office for a good map of the area. The shortest route was via Cornville Rd to Beaverhead Flats Rd. There's a Scenic View pullout on Beaverhead Flats Rd that turned out to be a great place to stretch our legs.
A sign at the Scenic View told us this site commemorated the Chavez Trail which passed through the area in 1864. Beyond the pullout an old forest service road lured us into the hills. We could tell the gate across FS 9500G was new and that folks used to boondock here; it would have been a sweet site! In fact, right back up Beaverhead Flats Rd we saw people boondocking on some nice forest service land.
|This hill, topped with a layer of volcanic rock, beckoned us to climb it.|
|As we headed up the hill colorful landscape opened up as we looked toward the Mogollon Rim.|
|Scrambling up the lava escarpment we enjoyed expansive views and red cactus flowers.|
|The views on the other side of our hill were wonderful!|
Sedona red rock, here we come!
Onward to Sedona for Celtic music by The Knockabouts at Oak Creek Brewing Co, it's St Paddy's weekend after all! Good beers; I especially enjoyed the King Crimson dark red ale. Food at the brewery is provided by Simon's Colombian Style Hot Dogs, and they were yummy! Unique toppings and good bread.
|The Knockabouts were great!|
We're excited to be in this area for a month!