Hello 2018! New Year's Eve in Sedona.
This post is a little late because I'm still adjusting to being back in LA, but HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Happy 2018! 2017 was not only a year of personal growth and transition for me but also the year that I discovered how much I love the desert. It seemed only fitting that I celebrate the end of the year by going on another desert road trip. My friend and I decided on exploring Arizona.
We started out our road trip by stopping in Vegas for lunch to break up the long drive. We had Hainanese chicken at Chef Sheridan Su's restaurant Flock and Fowl. I love Hainanese chicken! This dish is hard to find in LA (at least the Singaporean style that I like) unless maybe if you venture a bit outside of the city, which I don't do very often.
Our first stop was Page, AZ. Horseshoe Bend was my favorite part of that leg of the trip. It is an easy hike (more of a stroll really) with stunning views of the bend. We also did a tour of Antelope Canyon and enjoyed the incredible colors and lighting of the canyon!
After Page, we drove down to Sedona to spend a few nights and celebrate New Year's Eve. Sedona had great hikes and amazing views everywhere! We only spent 3 nights in Sedona so we didn't get to do all of the hikes but we got a nice preview of the peaceful life in Sedona. We hiked Doe Mesa Mountain and the airport loop, walked up to the Chapel, explored a bit of the pathway to Bell Rock, went on the Coyote Canyon Pink Jeep Tour, and visited a nearby ghost town called Jerome. Apparently there are vortex sites in Sedona that are conducive to healing, finding balance, and peace. We visited a couple of those sites. Even though I didn't feel the energy, I definitely felt at peace. I silently set an intention into the universe anyways. Why not? I need all the help I can get to start the new year right!
After almost 8 miles of hiking, we had a lovely last meal of 2017 at Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona on New Year's Eve. It was a full 5 course meal. We were also treated to a complimentary bottle of champagne from the restaurant manager! It was a wonderful last day of 2017!