We made a quick stop in Winslow, Arizona on our way to Sedona. I just couldn’t pass up the chance to have my picture taken on the Route 66 corner made famous by the Eagles’ song, “Take It Easy.”
La Posada Hotel
Sedona is a very unique town, surrounded by red sandstone formations and desert flora. The town itself is full of artsy shops. Tourist flock to this small town to shop, hike, and just take in its beauty, which is stunning.
Sedona at sunset.
We camped at Rancho Sedona RV Park, which is one of the nicer parks we have stayed at. The sites are roomy and beautifully landscaped. Oak Creek runs along the back side of the park. They have some strict rules though. The most unusual one is, all outside lights must be off by 10:00 p.m. and you must be inside your unit. They observe Sedona’s “Dark Sky Initiative.” I understand the 10:00 p.m. curfew is to discourage you from disturbing your neighbors, but I have never come across that in campgrounds rules before. Usually, they just say quiet time from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. but you can still sit outside your unit and talk quietly with friends.
Our campsite was really roomy.
Beautiful Oak Creek ran along the Rancho Sedona RV Park.
We met up with friends here and enjoyed dinners, hiking and just relaxing in the campground together. John’s brother, Ed, and his wife, Judy, drove up from Green Valley for an overnight stay in Sedona. We enjoyed visiting with them.
John and his brother, Ed.
Our first hike was a seven mile hike in Boynton Canyon. We went with our friends, Mike and Pam, and got an early start as it was going to be near 90 degrees. The trail was not difficult with only a 400′ elevation gain. There had been a recent sighting of a bear on this trail. We hiked a short side trail to a vortex first. A vortex is believed to be an area of concentrated energy rising up from the earth. Supposedly, you can feel this energy. We didn’t, but neither did we meditate or pray. Sedona has a number of vortexes.
Notice the bear alert.
Hiking in Boynton Canyon
One of the many vortexes in the Sedona area.
John and Mike didn’t feel any energy coming from this vortex.
Sherry and Pam with a beautiful backdrop.
We backtracked to where we left the trail and continued our hike. We went into a box canyon, and the views were stunning all along the way and to the end. There were a variety of wildflowers along the trail. Near the end, we had to do some climbing and even though it was strenuous, it was not difficult.
Beautiful, natural desert gardens.
Mike on the trail.
We named this rock formation the Lobster Claw.
Unusual bark pattern.
Orange Glove Mallow
At the top of the trail.
As we were returning the way we came in, we heard a noise ahead of us and off to the side in the woods. It sounded like a rock had fallen from above. Then shortly after that, there was a loud snap, like a branch being broken. Our first thought was BEAR! Pam and I were getting nervous, but we continued on. Then we heard the noise again, and at last we discovered Mike, who was behind us all, was throwing rocks into the woods. Good one Mike.