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Los Angeles (Woodland Hills), California
January 22, 2005
From journal Four Days in Sedona
Raleigh, North Carolina
May 18, 2004
Besides the red rocks there were so many different types of plants to admire. There was lots of manzanita with its beautiful deep red mahagony colored branches, century cactus, many types of wildflowers everywhere we looked, and huge trees that totally took us by surprise. We came upon an interesting open area where people had built medicine wheels from pine cones and there were many of the rock pile structures. It was so alluring that I built one of my own. We were thrilled to find within very close proximity four-century plants (also known as agave) in three different phases of its life span. One which was sending up a beautiful new flower stalk, which is dark red and green and looks exactly like a giant stalk of asparagus. Nearby was another stalk with blossoms sprouting from the top and then two dying century plants right next to each other.
If you have any interest in plant life, the area of the country is fascinating, with desert plant life within close proximity to forests with large pines and hardwood trees.
From journal A Week in Wonderful Sedona
January 30, 2003
From journal Sedona Red Rocks
Fayetteville, North Carolina
May 28, 2004
From journal Spring in Sedona
Cortland, New York
April 10, 2006
We began with a visit to the spires (Kachina Woman). Having had no experience with the vortexes of Sedona, it was a first encounter with the magnetic energy of this region. I'm not sure quite yet about where I come down on the whole vortex issue, but I did feel something different there. Had I spent a bit more time reading about the vortexes and was I able to shuck some of this highly developed cynicism, I might be able to say it was a mystical moment, be that as it may.
Starting with the spires was a mixed decision. It is a beautiful place and perhaps it tainted some of what was to come. But, after spending time on and around the spires, we began the actual hike into Boyton Canyon.
The trail follows alongside Enchantment Resort for what seems like an endless amount of time. Looking off to the left and seeing the elite encamped in this beautiful canyon, well, I'm not quite the strident class warrior I was in my early 20s, but I found it distracting at best. And as it seems to go on and on, it was distracting, to say the least.
As I said, we didn't make it to the end. We met a fair number of folks who were headed back out, they too having not made it to the end. There's a nagging, slogging kind of attitude that sets in for a bit. What's at the end... is it worth it? And so you slog on a bit farther through pine and cypress, which have an undeniable beauty, but enough already.
So we turned back, and I have to depend upon others' successful hikes to read about what I missed. And even so, even now I wish we had chosen to motor off to Fay Canyon after visiting the Spires.
From journal Red rocks and Reservation Confusion