Ramblings on Sedona

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If you turn off the noise in your head you can listen to the stillness envelope you and stare, just stare at the majesty in every direction.


At this writing we have been in Sedona for nearly a month. On the whole we would consider it a place of peace, if you tune out the many tourists and connected activities. This is much easier done by living like a local in one of the neighborhoods as we have done. Here are a few things we would like to share with you about Sedona:

  • Overview – Sedona is located in the upper Sonoran Desert of Arizona and is considered a dry, high desert area with an elevation of around 4,600 ft. When walking here you are either going up or down so the elevation constantly changes. The hiking trails are numerous with many within walking distance of our West Sedona neighborhood. The beauty of this area surrounds you, so you must remind yourself to stop and look around. This becomes even more dramatic as the light of the day changes and weather fronts move in, out, and around.
     
  • Dark Sky Community – This city is one of 14 world-wide locations to legally organize to dedicate the preservation of the night sky by enforcing outdoor lighting ordinances. In other words – without light pollution you are able to see an incredible dark sky – great for stargazers and very nice from our patio spa.
     
  • Weather – Noted for a mild climate, we have enjoyed Sedona to the fullest coming from the Pacific Northwest rain. We’ve had swings in temps from upper forties at night to eighties during the day. We have had wind, rain, and a few thunder storms. Due to its location, Sedona can have dramatic weather changes moving through rapidly. We have enjoyed every day no matter what the weather was doing and have probably spent more time out on the covered patio with views of Coffee Pot Rock than anything else.
     
  • Animals – It’s been fun and more than interesting to experience the creatures of the area. I must say, they differ from what we had in Washington. Here’s a list of some of the wildlife we have seen in our backyard most of which we have never seen previously: Many different birds including hummingbirds, ravens, quails, doves, jays, cardinals and road runners, bats, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, deer, five different snakes with one about 6’ long, many little lizards doing pushups as they cool themselves in the hot sun, a bobcat, and a herd of javelina (looks like a pig).
     
  • Hiking – Let’s just say it is some of the best hiking we have ever done and it’s easy to head out and hike 4 to 7 miles then head home to our patio. The various hikes allow for a seemingly never ending series of viewpoints – all spectacular. We have been fortunate to see a number of spring blooming high dessert flowers up close and personal as we wander about, and the cactus blooms have been outstanding.

 

  • Day Trips
    • Dennis’ mom, Mary Vee, joined us during the first 2 weeks of our stay. They enjoyed a 2.5-hour drive to Grand Canyon National Park with lunch at El Tovar. It was a repeat trip for both, but it was hard for them to pass on the Canyon when they were so close.
       
    • The three of us took a day trip about 30 miles south to Jerome, AZ. Carved into a steep hillside, at one time Jerome was the largest producer of copper in the world. Today the town is a popular tourist destination with shops, restaurants, and an informative museum. The museum helped us appreciate the town of Jerome as we wandered the streets trying to understand how anyone could live in such a place perched precariously on a hillside. Jerome has a lively arts community with influences from the hippie counterculture who moved in during the 1960s. These hippies helped bring Jerome out of the ghost town days, and apparently this influence persists today. It turned out to be a fun day with good food at the local BBQ joint.

 

Thanks for joining us on our journey.
Stay tuned,
DaM