Day 1 – Sedona AZ

The first day is always the longest. Many of the group started the morning early around 3am. After catching a 7:30am flight out of Columbus and arrived in Phoenix AZ at 10:10am. We picked up our 15 passenger van – I might add, it holds 15 people but there was nearly no room for our luggage … we had to be creative for our 2 hr drive to Sedona. We unloaded all our luggage at the hotel and drove to the base of our late afternoon hike.

We climbed a portion of the Capitol Butte to the Lizard Head rock formation.

The long walk up to Lizard Head.

The long walk up to Lizard Head. Though the walk was easy at the bottom, it was difficult climbing toward the top.

We had to stop for the first group shot of the trip. You can see Lizard Head in the middle & top of the image.

We had to stop for the first group shot of the trip. You can see Lizard Head in the middle & top of the image.

The climb is not getting any easier.

The climb is not getting any easier.

Dr. John Whitmore talks with students about what they are seeing in the rock formations.

Dr. John Whitmore talking with students about what they are seeing in the rock formations.

Dr. Whitmore instructing some students on how to use a brunton compass.

Dr. Whitmore instructing some students on how to use a brunton compass.

DSC_3071 Dr. John Whitmore explains how to use the brunton compass with Sedona in the background.

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The sun is quickly setting and had to make it back down to the vehicles before dark.

The view from the top of Lizard Head. The sun is quickly setting and we had to make it back down the mountain to the vehicles before dark.

Overlooking Sedona, AZ

Overlooking Sedona, AZ

We made it safely back down with little to no difficulty. We drove back into town and went to dinner at Cafe Jose.

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