Midgley Bridge

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If you are coming into Sedona from the north on Arizona State Route 89A, you will eventually cross over Midgley Bridge. This is a striking piece of architecture with some beautiful surrounding views. There are also a few hiking trails that head out from the small, crowded parking lot. On your walk, you will have sight lines to Oak Creek and the surrounding canyon. This is a perfect place to stop for a snack and to stretch your legs before moving on to Sedona.

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Thomas Point Trail

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How to follow the wrong trail, but still get some nice photos. I wanted to hike Thomas Point Trail because of the scenic views that were described on the trail map. If only I had done a little bit of research, and found the official website, I would have known to climb up the steep hill directly instead of to climb slowly and track alongside the Road. Finding the launching point was challenge enough, as the map I had simply said that the trailhead was across Arizona State Route 89A from the Call of the Canyon Picnic Site. It was actually about a half mile down a narrow road which involved some serious car dodging and trail head sleuthing. Even though I tracked the wrong trail, I ended up having a nice hike through some pine trees and with some beautiful views. It turns out that sometimes it is OK to get lost.

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West Fork Trail

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The West Fork Trail is in a beautiful spot along Arizona State Route 89A, between Flagstaff and Sedona. If you are not into hiking, this is still an awesome drive to take. The hike is one of the most popular in the region. It takes you through an open pasture, across a bridge, and then alongside some rocky cliffs, with some stream crossings thrown in for fun. I didn’t hike the full length of this trail, because I wanted to hike a separate trail here, but someday I will return to try it again.

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Fareground

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So there is a new food hall in town, and it is called Fareground. This place is a wonderful concept, except they shouldn’t have invited so many people on a busy weekend night. There are six local food vendors to choose from, drinks and food and snacks to pick out from each joint, along with an open seating area so you can make new friends while hanging out. I chose Ni-Kome so I could try the miso ramen on a chilly and wet Austin night. It was perfect. If you find yourself in downtown Austin and near Second Street and Congress Avenue, then be sure to try this food hall for a nice dinner outing.

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