Spending the winter in Sedona has been a blessing with the warm sun and gorgeous views. Last year the temperature was perfect for golf, hiking and walking . . . and, in my case, working on my novels. I’m not a great hiker so my work gave me an excuse not to participate. I’m one of those who enjoys the easy trails. And I mean easy.
But this year has been different. Some lovely warm days and a few that were a little more nippy. This amazing winter sky is what we saw from our deck. Bell rock and Courthouse rock (in the photo) glow with red in the sunlight. To the left we can also see Castle rock. I’ve actually hiked around the two mammoth rocks in this photo - 4-1/2 miles on a trail they call easy to medium. . .and that’s why I say again, “Give me easy.” It was a challenge.
Staying here this year especially — even with the colder weather at times — beats the Michigan ice and snow along with very low temperature. One unpleasant moment actually came to us two days ago following one of the bad Michigan storms from our burglar alarm company, telling us the police where on the way to our house since the burglar alarm had gone off. Naturally we waited in panic for the bad news, but finally heard that the wind had literally pulled open a storm door and gusted open the door to the house. Our neighbor called and said all was well. We’re so grateful they keep on eye on things for us. Thanks to the alarm company and the police. too.
Though the view above is beautiful, we woke to a surprise a few mornings ago when the view looked very different. In this photo (same view) you notice the red rocks behind the snow covered pines are hidden in the fog and gray sky. We’ve never been here to see the landscape covered in snow, and though it meant no golf or hiking, the peace and awesomeness of the snow-covered mesas and buttes are amazing.
If you’ve never visited Sedona, I hope you can see it one day and enjoy the amazing beauty. The town is filled with so much to do from the hiking , I mentioned, to jeep rides, hot air balloons over the red rocks, Indian ruins withpetroglyphs and pictographs, unique shopping experiences and some truly great restaurants. We even enjoy staying home, sitting on the deck which in this photo is snow covered, but most of the time is pleasant and warm. We watch the birds flutter through the shrubs and enjoy the food we leave for them, and we duck from the hummingbirds, like little flying motors, that come to the nectar-filled feeder.
Take it from me, put this lovely place on your bucket list. You won’t be sorry.