Everyone we had met in Arizona told us we’d love Sedona. So, we went to Sedona –and guess what, they were right! Sedona is famous for its giant red rocks; it sure is an amazing sight! The red rock with layers of white and yellow tower over the smaller mountain town! There are hundreds of hiking trails through these red rocks, along with a natural water slide, cliff jumping into a stream, some forest, and lots of Native American ruins. A seriously awesome place.
We camped for free five miles up a nasty (but not nearly as bad as Mexico) dirt road into the National Forest. Our camping site was only a mile and a half, through the bush, from Native American ruin sites, and has a spectacular view overlooking a valley and a huge red rock mountain. We were living on truly beautiful, sacred land.
We spent our days doing incrediable hikes that were beautiful and challenging and did lots of painting on the car. We climbed up the huge rock structures and one day we were even higher than the helicopters (ironically enough that day was 4/20!)
Among our favorite things we did in Sedona was see the Native American ruin sites. There are still standing house structures made out of mud and rocks. And lots of art etched and painted on the walls! Many different Native Americans lived within cave compounds naturally formed in the rock. Some of the art dated back 9,000 years! There was even a painted on creation story, apparently their belief at the time was that the universe was like an onion, with many different layers or dimensions. And how they came into their world was that they climbed through a literal crack that is in the Grand Canyon and a man was waiting for them and taught them how to hunt and forage, then women began to give birth to humans and animals –all this painted on the walls thousands of years ago! Super fascinating! There were even still slabs of mud cakes to the ceiling of rocks where families would throw mud balls and insults at each other before weddings. I think that’s a tradition we should adopt into today’s society! Another type of art that really caught our attention was these criss crossed lines carved into the rock in a really sloppy fashion. We learned that those marks are 10,000 years old, made by people while they went into a sort of trance like, meditative, state when they were on a hallucinate drug (a certain found out there in the desert valley).
Sedona is really metaphysical –it’s said that Sedona is one of the only places that didn’t freeze up during the ice age and because of all the iron in the rock and sand (the reason it is red) has a large potency of electro-magnetic frequencies. As a result there are places in Sedona that are sacred where people report an abundance of energy, these places of called vortexes. Many locals and tourists come to Sedona just to pray, meditate, give thanks, or whatever they feel called to do at these vortexes. We saw lots of people doing rituals at these spots, which are normally on top of a large rock tower or somewhere on a hiking trail. Although Fred and I are not fully tapped into that we really enjoyed watching people do their thing. And all the places are extremely beautiful, just in our opinion they are all equally specially. However, we did notice that when we were in a vortex site we did have a lot more energy of movement and another of absolute tranquility. This phenomenon is hard to accredit as coincedence. Its like an illusion, almost impossible to perceive but when you see it, its there! We speculate that a lot of reason for this metaphysical fascination is directed towards healing. Feeling comftorbly centered at this time in our lives and not particularly unhealthy, we are not on the same level as some of the people out there. Simply speaking we are in our element and very aware of our connection to the earth. It is natural for a body to feel more connected and centered when you come to a beautiful place like Sedona, or really most places in nature. It is possible to see how one might easily loose this connection, when inside the confinement of the city , and need to seek out a natural setting, and remove the tennis shoes, to heal. The Farther from your center, the more it takes to reach a balance. Everybody is on there own level, some are just a little more eccentric then others.
The hiking was simply spectacular in Sedona and all the people we met were really nice and interesting and of course, freaking loved our car. On the night of the full moon Fred and I met up with our friend from Quartzsite, Christopher who was ironically visiting Sedona with a friend. Funny how people come in and out of your life. We all went to a full moon drum circle that was on the top of a huge rock tower. Fred had bought himself a handmade African drum back in Phoenix from a guy from Africa and played himself silly! We danced and played music with about one hundred other people on top of the rock as the full moon lit everything up to perfect light. Fred’s hands were bruised when the music was over but it was a truly magical night.
We spent a full day at the small river that ran in between towering orangey rock formations. We met two really nice girls and their two dogs and spent the day jumping from rock to rock exploring the river. It was a perfect day; so beautiful and sunny! We parked our car a mile down the road leading to a more secluded, locals spot. We hiked down the river to Slide Rock State Park, . We were bombarded with families on vacation! Slide Rock is a natural waterslide: the fast moving water current cut a smooth passageway through the soft rock. The ride pushes you up and down and side to side before spitting you out into a large pool. Nature never ceases to amazes me. It was a pretty touristy scene, but it’s always beautiful to watch people enjoying the great outdoors!
We stayed in Sedona for 13 days, after some small calculations we learned we spent a whopping $120 the whole time! Not bad for prime real-estate with an amazing view, doing something new and exciting every day, and eating delicious food.