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Sedona, Day 2

by Stephanie Casher on July 11, 2006

I love this freakin’ town. John and I had the best time exploring Sedona on Day 2. I woke up bright and early on Saturday and went for a solo hike to the Airport Mesa vortex… The trail wrapped around the backside of this huge mountain, with views of the city below. After hiking for a bit, I found myself a nice little rock to sit on and journaled for a bit. Wrote an awesome poem about the awe-inspiring scenery. Back to the hotel for a swim, and then we were off for a day of adventuring.

After lunch, we headed to hike the Cathedral Rock vortex. This trail was amazing, as we hiked alongside the Oak Creek for several miles to reach our destination. It was just lovely. After more meditating and journalling at the vortex site, we hiked back on the opposite side of the creek, stopping halfway to take a swim in the cool waters. Awesome. The sun was shining, there was a nice breeze, and the river felt refreshing but not too cold. I could not have asked for a more perfect day.

The fact that it got even more perfect just blows my mind. After margaritas and appetizers at Casa Rincon, we headed up to hike to the Boynton Canyon vortex (let me just say, Mr. Brooklyn, who’s never been outside of NYC before this trip and is hardly a nature boy, hung with me through all this hiking like a Champ!) Just before sunset we climbed this mountain in Boynton Canyon, and when we reached the top, I swear we felt like we were on top of the world… And we had the whole canyon to ourselves! (Minus the HUGE ASS tarantula that crawled across John’s shoe and freaked Mr. 6’5 out big time). I laughed for days at how high he jumped; he didn’t think it was funny at all, lol. But the view from the top was amazing.

Then the lightening storm started, and it was my turn to get freaked out, lol. I guess it’s monsoon season in Arizona, so this is a common occurrence. The sky was literally on fire with flashes of light–gorgeous– but considering we were the only two people out in the middle of nowhere, and the tallest things in our area, I was stressing. He kept assuring me that the lightening was miles away, but those flashes were way too close for comfort. Thankfully we managed to make it back down the mountain before either of us got struck, but it was certainly an adventure.

We loved Boynton Canyon so much that we got up at the buttcrack of dawn the next morning to hike it again, lol. It was just as magnificent in the daylight, and we hung out there for an hour, reading, writing, and contemplating life’s mysteries. I even managed to do some yoga on the side of the mountain… I cannot even tell you all how much I love this place. It was very hard to leave, but we had a full day ahead of us Monday, so I reluctantly bid Sedona farewell as we set off for the Grand Canyon…

PS: I added a link to my vacation pics in the sidebar… We shot 134 pics the first day, another 100 on the second… But I only uploaded the best of the best for you guys :-)

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