Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude...
I’m back from my brief holiday in Arizona and am missing it already. J and I spent 4 days in Sedona and an additional 2 in Phoenix. Both cities were fantastic, but each held its own specialness about it.
Having lived briefly in Phoenix in 2000, I knew what to expect with the heat, desert terrain, shopping and the people; however I wasn’t prepared for the breathtaking beauty of Sedona and its laid back vibe.
Highlights of Sedona
Hiking – I didn’t consider myself a hard core “hiker” before this trip, but considered myself more of a “stroller”. I tend to like to take my time walking, gawking and talking. At least I did. After successfully completing a climb up the side of Doe Mountain (on a mountain goat path) and experiencing the vastness and remoteness of the 8 miles West Fork Trail, I’m 100% hard core. It was challenging, but fun and I lived to tell the tale (even though I swore I was going to die on that mountainside)…
Beads - Part of the intent of this trip was to source some unique beads and supplies for my business. I was hoping to find some different beads that couldn’t be found in Canada and that would give my creations a unique feel and would set my goods apart from what could otherwise be found at Michaels. With 4 pounds of beads in my carry-on (and a hefty credit card bill to follow), I can honestly say this trip was a success….
Simon’s World Famous Hot Dogs – Yep. One of our most memorable meals was courtesy of Simon’s World Famous Hot Dogs and the Oak Creek Brewery. Although we prefer a nice dinner once and awhile, J and I are not high-end foodies. We like to get off the beaten path and go where the locals go and that’s how we wound up in a warehouse in the industrial area of Sedona – home to Oak Creek Brewery and Simon’s. Where else can you sit beside a vat of beer and enjoy an ice cold beer, accompanied by a super large chili and beef dog, with a side of nachos? The best part – it was all under $20 and guilt-free thanks to all of the hiking we had done.
The People – It’s hard to explain the people of Sedona, but I would expect that the majority are not originally from Sedona or even Arizona. I believe the natural beauty and spirituality of the red rocks draw people in from far and wide – both sane and not so much…they are unique. Where else can you participate in aura readings and make nightly "contact" with ET? Enough said.
Once J gets around to sharing his 450 pictures with me, I’ll be sure to post a few.