1 Shot Wednesday: Sedona Green Carpet

Oak Creek Golf Course

Jim and I celebrated our first year anniversary on Sunday. He’s semi-retired and works at Oak Creek Golf Course because he loves to golf and working there gives him the perk of golfing for free. I enjoyed golfing twenty years ago, but after two back surgeries, I simply can’t swing and hit the ball anymore. So I’m relegated to the cart as the caddie. I drink a couple of beers and tell him where his ball went (when I’m not lost in a daydream). I listen to the birds and look at the green carpet of the course and marvel at the red rocks. When you live in the desert, you miss the greenery and deciduous trees of the midwest and east. This is our oasis.

After a round of golf on Sunday, we went to Geraldo’s Restaurant in Sedona for Italian food. I was thrilled with the Calamari and homemade ravioli. Jim got sick eating a pound of fresh mussels in garlic butter sauce and fresh bread. My glass of Tempranillo was delicious.

39 thoughts on “1 Shot Wednesday: Sedona Green Carpet

  1. What a beautiful setting for a golf course. Sorry about your back, but that caddying job sounds pretty cushy. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thanks, Rick! I like my caddy job. πŸ™‚

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  2. Congratulations to your anniversary!
    That picture looks fantastic: the green lawn before the backdrop of the golden mountains. It’s not quite sure, as we haven’t booked yet, but very likely Mary and I will be in Sedona for some days at the end of October, before we’ll go on for some sightseeing and bicycling in the Southwest.

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    1. Pit, you will love it! October is a great time to visit. If you need hiking trail tips, I can recommend several as well as great places to eat.

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      1. I’m sure we will. We’re about to book a 6-day tour with the Flying Longhorns, the Texas Exes’ travel group [Mary is UT]. organized by AHI travels. We’ll stay in Sedona for 4 full days, with trips from there, one to the Grand Canyon. We’re also planning to do a bicycle ride on the Grand Canyon Greenway. After that it’ll be more sightseeing in the Southwest [Bryce and Zion] plus some mo\re bicycling. We’re really looking forward to that trip.

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        1. Sedona is bicycle friendly. Glad you will be seeing Bryce and Zion. Sadly, I still haven’t been to the parks and I’ve lived here now seven years. (What’s wrong with me!?)
          Your trip should be a blast. Happy riding!

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          1. Thanks, Cindy! πŸ™‚ I’m sure we’ll enjoy our time there and our bicycle rides as well as the sightseeing.

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  3. A year already? That doesn’t seem possible. Great photos of the threatening skies and red rocks, Cindy. πŸ™‚
    I have never played golf, not even once. It had a upper middle-class connotation here that put me off the ‘clubhouse’ atmosphere. Besides, I was aware of the old quote, (not Mark Twain, as often stated) β€œto play golf is to spoil an otherwise enjoyable walk.”
    Best wishes, and congratulations to you both. Pete. x

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    1. It’s still hard for me to believe I’m married after being single for decades. To be 56 and have one year under my belt seems strange, too! All is well, and we have fun. That’s the best part.

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      1. We have been married for 10 years this September. I was 57 when I married for the third time. πŸ™‚ x

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        1. Congratulations to you, Pete! Three must be the charm! Happiness is there for us all.

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  4. That is PERFECT lighting – nature was showing off, and you captured it beautifully!

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    1. I loved how the setting sun spot lit the rocks golden. Thank you, John.

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  5. Great dramatic landscape shot! Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a good day out, well apart from mussel-man sickness πŸ˜‚

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    1. Thanks, Fraggle. He recovered. I’m bound toward anniversary 2.

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  6. Happy Anniversary πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes, Paul!

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      1. You’re welcome, sounds like you had a great day πŸ™‚

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  7. Looks serene, no wonder you like it. And then calamari? I can’t recall the last time I had that!!

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    1. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU BOTH!!

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    2. They were tender and fresh. No rubberbands! What a pleasant surprise to find a chef in the area that was trained in Italy.

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  8. Stunning image. It would be hard to concentrate due to the sheer beauty. Great shot.

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    1. That’s why I like being the caddy. I get en eye full and daydream.

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  9. I’ve been told my golf swing looks somewhat like a slapshot. ??
    If they golf holes and big as hockey nets I’d be awesome.

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  10. Though it looks like it is clouding up in the background, the sunshine makes everything wonderful and yes, your pictures are beautiful as always πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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    1. It was the perfect time of day. The sun was setting and showcased the rocks. The gray clouds added another dimension and contrast. I got lucky!

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  11. Love your photos, I think I would have liked to have gone to Geraldo’s with you and Jim.

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    1. We heard from friends it was quite good. We’ve driven by it a hundred times, so it was nice to try it out and be happy with the results. Some restaurants in Sedona are sooooo expensive. The food here was just as good and half the price. πŸ™‚

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  12. Happy Anniversary, and congratulations on a superb photo shoot. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Ian. It was a fun, special day.

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  13. Congratulations on your anniversary. Wonderful photograph

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    1. Thank you, Derrick. Mother Nature was showing off, for sure. I was glad I turned the corner and click the button.

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  14. Happy Anniversary!! Those are two wonderful photographs. The different shades of the colours are very striking but I also admire all of the different angles in the picture, especially the different slopes among the mountain rocks.

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    1. Thank you, John. Yes to the horizontal and vertical layers. When the sun highlights them, it is amazing. I love the glow of them at sunset. Much obliged!

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  15. Wow! Absolutely stunning.

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    1. Thanks, Abbi. It’s a fun place to get away to on a Sunday afternoon before the work week beings.

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