Sedona's spectacular red rock scenery

Sedona

The classic western, Broken Arrow

Sedona in the movies: Broken Arrow

I finally watched the 1950 Jimmy Stewart movie, Broken Arrow. I say "finally", because I've been meaning to for years. Sedona, Arizona was a big place for making movies, especially back in the days of the westerns. The thing is, for decades they were making movies here, but never calling it Sedona! ... Read article...

Hedgehog cactus - beauty among the rocks

Sedona - Hedgehogs in bloom

One nice thing about visiting the desert in spring, is the flowers that add splashes of color. It's amazing how even the forbidding cacti, covered in treacherous thorns, have these beautiful blooms. These little hedgehogs are just a few inches tall, and the blossoms are nearly as big as the plants themselves... Read article...

Walls of Tuzigoot

Tuzigoot - Ancient Sinagua Ruins in Arizona

Not far from Sedona, Arizona, lie the ruins of Tuzigoot, an ancient Sinagua town that was abandoned centuries ago. This small hilltop town was built by the Sinagua people about a thousand years ago, and there's so much we don't know. We don't know what they called themselves, or called this place... Read article...

Palm trees in Arizona display unique adaptations

The rare Arizona Prickly Palm

Desert life is fascinating, in the variety of ways that plants and animals have adapted to deal with the harsh environment. Frogs survive buried underground for many months at a time. Flower seeds may wait years for the right rainfall conditions, then sprout, grow, bloom, and back to seed in a few weeks... Read article...

Anasazi petroglyphs - 300

Ancient Anasazi motel maps?

Petroglyphs -- images or symbols chipped into the rock -- are found throughout the Southwestern US, left by prehistoric inhabitants. Their meanings are obscure, the subject of much speculation and little proof. In most cases we’ll probably never know, but one set may have yielded up its secrets... Read article...

Sedona - Amateur on broken arrow jeep trail (300)

So there we were... watching imminent disaster

If you ever come to Sedona, take one of the jeep tours. The best involve amazing feats of driving up, down, and over the red rocks, and you'll go places that look like they should be impossible! Personally, I always go with a trained professional driver, but some people want to do it themselves... Read article...

Sedona - Snoopy rock photo (300)

Ahhh... back to the red rocks

I met our group of adventurous wenches this morning in Phoenix, for our trip to Sedona, Arizona. We headed first to Cottonwood, where we picnicked beside a lagoon, with big shady trees. It felt like an oasis in the desert! Next stop was Tuzigoot, the ruins of a town mysteriously abandoned 600 years ago... Read article...

Sedona Thunder mountain (300)

So there we were... at a mysterious vortex

So what exactly IS a vortex, anyway? Sedona is famous for its mystical energy vortexes -- but what ARE they? What happens when you go to one? On our last women's trip to Sedona, I got to join our group on the vortex tour. Now I can't tell you everything (there are secrets, you see), but... Read article...

Cottonwood in winter-1

Wilde about the senses

"It's wonderful to think, but it's even more wonderful to experience life with all your senses." ~ Oscar Wilde... How right he is! The life of the mind uses a lot of my time when I'm not traveling -- researching, learning, planning -- it's fascinating! But there's so much more, isn't there? ... Read article...

Ice on the trail in Sedona

So there I was... soaring with eagles

I'm in Sedona now, and is it ever COLD! People here tell me it's usually only this cold 2-3 days a year, so I must be lucky! There's ice forming on puddles, and a possibility of snow. I'm here to sample some of the vortex tours, to decide which vortex guide to use on our trips next year, since our last guide moved away... Read article...