I first heard about Sedona over a quarter of a century ago, when my great aunt and uncle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there. My family was unable to attend the festivities because my lovely wife was just days away from giving birth to our youngest child.

Flash forward 27 years later, and we decided to finally see the town in person -- via a quick, last minute out-of-the-way stop on our drive back home to Los Angeles after a week of visiting family in Albuquerque. In fact, this weekend we also found out after being together over 30 years, that my wife has distant family ties (through marriage) to the town.

It seems Sedona was named for the great-grandmother of one of my wife's aunts, one Sedona Schnebly, who hailed originally from the Show-Me State of Missouri, and was also the burg's first postmistress..

There's even a statue of her in front of the town's library -- but we never made it to that part of town.

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