Monday, November 14, 2016

Passing Through Sedona

I apologize for the length of time since my last post. I received several emails asking if I was okay. That is understandable with the health issues I've had. I assure you all that I am doing great! The delay was more about logistics (and laziness) than anything else. We've been in Arizona quite a bit lately and most of the time had little or no cell phone signal, which also means no internet. 
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We were recently in the Verde Valley area of Arizona. It is pretty close to both Flagstaff and Sedona. We had to pass through Sedona to get there. Passing through Sedona is always a pleasure, because it is one of the most amazingly gorgeous areas in the world. 

I've been to Sedona several times and the first glimpse of the scenery surrounding the town literally takes my breath away.


Without the tourists, Sedona has a population of about 10 thousand. You really wouldn't know though, because there are such strict restrictions on everything that is built there. It must be low, and painted with earth-tones.

Image this being your view while commuting to work. 

Or setting your trash cans out.


 Don't get me wrong, I'd rather there was ZERO development here, but it's a little late for that. There are several "power spots" around Sedona. They call them "vortexes." Yep, I don't think that is the proper plural term for "vortex" either.


Sedona is an artist/zen/new world/counter culture type of place. Not nearly as much as before though. I'll shut up now.





This was taken from a vortex site. I really did feel something there! Of course, it could have just been an LSD flashback.













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For as long as we were in the area, we didn't spend much time in Sedona. Hope you enjoyed the photos. A photo really doesn't do the scenery justice.  I'll have another post soon (I promise!). Did a lot of hiking and exploring, and have plenty of potential posts in mind. 

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37 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I could live with that view.
At least the town is required to blend some with the area.

visualnorway said...

Nice to see that all is OK with you! Thank you for the magnificent views and colours you have given us of this area. Flagstaff for a foreigner like me means astronomy; so much for my knowledge of Arizona. A geologist must love an area like this - all layers clearly visible.

Take care.

Wayne said...

If that was my view commuting, I doubt I'd make it to work very often. This is an amazing country!

Kaya said...

Pat, I was thinking about you. I have never been in Sedona but it's fascinating and very beautiful place; especially on your pictures! It's probably still very hot in Arizona. Amazing photos! Beautiful desert!

Pat Tillett said...

Alex J. Cavanaugh - I could also live with it. Not only do they make things blend in, they don't allow much growth as most places.

visualnorway - Thanks! Flagstaff is also a great place, but is more mountainous and forested.

Wayne - I agree with that. We really love where we live, but have talked about moving to the Sedona area many times. Might even do it someday. Not actually in Sedona, but in the Verde Valley.

Kaya - Thanks for thinking of me! Sedona is one of those places you really need to see at least once. It wouldn't be too bad of a road trip for you. It's beautiful country all the way from Utah.

TheChieftess said...

the first time I visited Sedona was at New Years about 20 years ago...I got "red rock fever" and started looking for job opportunities...and no...I never did make the move. But Sedona in the winter is spectacular! With snow dusting the top of the red rock...gorgeous!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful photos! And you're right, even as beautiful as these photos are, they aren't as good as being there. Only been to Sedona once (family vacation when the kids were young) so this brought back some fond memories. Would like to visit again someday, perhaps with my granddaughter.

Should Fish More said...

Been a long time since I was there, looks as pretty as ever, maybe a bit more people. I think it might have been '73.
Nice pictures, pal

Mike

William Kendall said...

What an amazing landscape!

Pat Tillett said...

TheChieftess - I've only seen photos of it in the snow. It looked amazing in photos. I doubt if we'll ever move there, but it would be great if we did.

Spare Parts and Pics - Thanks! I've been there several times, but each time I feel the same. Amazed!

Should Fish More - Thanks Mike! It's easy to take photos there. You are right about less people in 1973. It hadn't really been "discovered" yet.

William Kendall - It really is amazing. Miles and miles of amazing...

Al said...

Wow - I just added Sedona to my list of places to see. Gorgeous!

Pat Tillett said...

Al - Happy to have been of service. Sedona really is an amazing place.Actually, that whole part of the state is amazing.

DEZMOND said...

does snow ever fall in those regions?

Brian said...

Oh yea, those views are absolutely amazing and are real smile makers!

Pat Tillett said...

Brian - They sure are! Every single time...

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Wow - such striking changes in color on the rocks there, and they're shaped in interesting ways. It's really gorgeous.

I'm glad to know your health is good, Pat. That's a biggie. Stay well, friend.

Pat Tillett said...

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com - It is beautiful.Thanks, it is a biggie. You do the same Robyn...

Lady Fi said...

What gorgeous scenery!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Stunning scenery. I can't believe we missed Sedona on our Arizona RV adventures. MUST GO. BTW I see the light in that one photo! And I'm pretty sure I'm not having a flashback of any kind at all )))

Pat Tillett said...

Lady Fi - It certainly is. The only that would make it better, would have been scattered clouds in the sky.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) - It is too bad you missed it. I'm sure you are just caught up in the power of the vortex! While there, we stayed in what was maybe my favorite RV CG to date.

Dennis Hodgson said...

Vortices Pat, although my American spellchecker doesn't like it. If I show this post to my wife, she's going to want to visit pronto. Well, I do too. What fantastic landscapes/photos.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sedona is a beautiful place. The colors are just amazing. I am glad they have building restrictions. Lovely views and photos. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Baby Sister said...

I've never been there, but now I want to go. It looks beautiful! Your pictures are stunning.

NatureFootstep said...

glad you are OK :)
This is such an amazing place to visit. I ws inArizona once and wished I would have been able to stay longer. Love your images and story. :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh my gosh Pat, your photos totally do do this landscape justice, they are breathtaking! I know you would prefer for this area to be much less occupied but I think it has been designed perfectly, the lack of high-rise and the low spread out design works really well! I'm happy to hear all is well with you, take care and happy exploring ☺

robin andrea said...

Wow, Pat, your photos make me want to move to Sedona. You know how crazy that is because I'm an ocean lover. But these vistas, these peaks, these stone pillars of beauty just knock me out. Truly beautiful, and definitely a flashback!

Ron said...

"and the first glimpse of the scenery surrounding the town literally takes my breath away."

And I can certainly see why, Pat, that view is STUNNING! WOW!

Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking, ALL of them. You know, I've never been to Sedona, however, anyone I've ever met who has said that it's a very special place - the energy there is extremely powerful, yet at the same time, calming and healing.

"Sedona is an artist/zen/new world/counter culture type of place."

And I can see why!

Thanks so much for sharing, my friend!

Pat Tillett said...

Dennis Hodgson I agree with you, but people there say this is "different." Beats me! It really is a magical place. I hope you get to see it someday.

eileeninmd - It really is spectacular. If there wasn't a town around it, I'm sure it would be a national park. Thanks Eileen, you have a great week also.

Baby Sister - Thanks Amanda! I'm always amazed about how I feel when I see it. Hope you guys are doing well.

Pat Tillett said...

NatureFootstep - Thanks! Me too...
There is a lot to see in Arizona, so that is understandable. Maybe next time!

PerthDailyPhoto - I'm so sure about really doing the place justice, but I thank you very much! They were smart about those building codes. Thanks Grace!

robinandrea - Thanks Robin! And those are just the formations right around town. There are many more in the area. I think you would really appreciate the energy and "feel" there. Well, at least in much of it.

Ron - Thanks so much Ron! There is also a lot of money there also, everybody seems to co-exist. I hope you get to see it someday.



TexWisGirl said...

it is one place i've always wanted to visit - yes, for the spiritual energy, but also the incredible beauty.

Pat Tillett said...

TexWisGirl - Yep, there is plenty of both!

Al Penwasser said...

Rain and sleet are right now slashing at my window.
These pictures helped.

Pat Tillett said...

Al Penwasser - Happy to have been of service! Where I live, we would be more than happy to see water in any form (except Tsunami!). Seriously, it's been summer forever...

Stewart M said...

As I said on Facebook!!!

And you were right - I did visit a couple of years ago!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pat Tillett said...

Stewart M - Yep! I remember your business trip. thanks for the comment Stewart.

Bob Scotney said...

A tremendous series of photos. Those red rocks are certainly photogenic. Beautiful country.

Pat Tillett said...

Bob Scotney - Thanks so much for saying that! It is an amazing place. It certainly is photogenic, but I sure could have used some scattered clouds in the sky. Thanks so much for the comment!