We'd decided to stop in Sedona, AZ because it was close enough to the Grand Canyon that we would be able to get there relatively early. I'd also heard that it was a beautiful and even spiritual place, so I was curious to see the famous red rocks and visit the vortex. We stayed at the Desert Quail Inn (highly recommend), and spent several hours that evening looking for a place to eat. Seriously. Hours. We drove through downtown Sedona about five times. The problem with downtown was that everything was tourist-expensive, and we'd had enough bad experiences at overpriced restaurants catering to tourists that we were jaded and wanted to avoid at all costs. At the same time, I was grumpy because I wanted to sit outside and enjoy the lovely desert air. Needless to say, the great spirituality of the place was not rubbing off on us. Finally we found a place called Javelina Cantina that had outdoor seating (just in time for sunset!) and I ordered the biggest margarita imaginable, which helped considerably. Our food was good, too :)
The next morning, before heading to Grand Canyon, we stopped at Red Rock State Park to take a short walk. We paused a while at the "vortex" site, which is supposed to be a center of positive energy, and dipped our feet in the water. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed that I felt nothing. We continued on the walk a little further to see the cairns that fellow travelers had built along the path, and then we were off!