Waking up and looking out the window in Sedona is a special experience. the famous Red Rocks are shining in the morning sun. From our window at the Matterhorn Inn we have an excellent view of the surrounding mountains. Outside it is still chilly though and our plans of going on a tour with the “Pink Jeep Tours“ is quickly abandoned. Instead wee take our own car and explore the neighbourhood from the warm comfort of our VW SUV.
Sedona is named after the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city’s first postmaster, her name was Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877–1950) and she was a celebrated citizen of this the northerrn region of the Verde Valley.
But the history of Sedona is first and foremost a story of the Native Americans;
In 1995 a projectil point was found in Honanki, west of Sedona, and this showed a presences dating back more than 12000 years.
The area was inhabited by Yavapai and the Sinagua, but the most famous tribe is probably the Apaches. The Yavapai and Apache tribes were forcibly removed from the Verde Valley in 1876, to the San Carlos Indian Reservation, 180 miles (290 km) southeast. About 1,500 people were marched, in midwinter, to San Carlos. Several hundred lost their lives. The survivors were interned for 25 years. About 200 Yavapai and Apache people returned to the Verde Valley in 1900 and have since intermingled as a single political entity although culturally distinct residing in the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
The center of Sedona is packed with places to eat and places to shop – and if you feel bad about the pet you left at home, there is even a shop for that:
Today Sedona seems to have tourism and the Red Rocks as their main assests, it’s a welcoming place and the people are friendly, the eating is pleasant and the Matterrhorn Inn assures you a comfortable stay. All in all, Sedona was a pleasant experience.
Tomorrow we drive down from Sedona to Phoenix and fly back to San Francisco.
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