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Monday, April 22, 2013

Bear Mountain, Sedona

I never got around to telling you about our hike up Bear Mountain, did I?  It was quite an adventure!

We woke up Sunday morning (oh my goodness...that was two weeks ago already!) & headed to The Coffee Pot for breakfast.  Locals call it "Home of 101 omelets & ten parking spaces".  It's typical diner food...nothing to write home about.  (What we should have done was get to the trail at 7 am.) Then we met our friend Whitney in the parking lot at Bear Mountain.  Now, I'm not really sure whose idea this hike was...I don't want to blame anyone...but lets just say, it was intense.  However, according to Cosmic Ray's guide book, it's hard.  Cosmic Ray claims the Airport Mesa Loop is intense.  Dude is seriously messed up on his words.  Hard is an understatement.
 

That's Whitney & Aggie.  A really beautiful trail!  It starts out pretty innocent...


Happy to be out & hiking!


So pretty!


You want me to go where?!


This trail...is not easy.  But it is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been.  These photos do not do it justice...


One of the places I "needed" to take a photo.  Really what I needed to do was not throw up.


At the top!  Made it all the way!  1 hour 45 minutes for 2 miles.  For the record, I can walk 3.5 miles of hilly terrain in 50 minutes.  That's how steep that trail is...

Worth every single step...


On the way down.  Oohhh...you can kinda see how steep it is here!


Love him!


Yes, I am awesome!





Almost to the end...a job well done!  This trail is my 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.  Will I do it again?  Mmmmm, maybe.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Airport Mesa Loop, Sedona

I don't remember ever going to Sedona as much as we have in the past few weeks.  Frankly, I am sick of being cold.  Sedona promises weather that is usually 20 degrees warmer & that my friends is what I am after...warm!  It's just a short 45 minute drive down the switch backs & poof you are in a beautiful place that is warm & sunny!

This past weekend Don & I went down to Sedona on Saturday & came back Sunday.  We didn't get there until 4:30 pm so we had to curtail our hike so we were done before sunset.  The guy at the hotel desk suggested the Airport Mesa Loop.  It's a 3.5 mile loop around Airport Mesa (go figure).  It starts across the street from the Airport Vortex & ends at the Vortex.  To say this loop is rocky is an understatement.  It's also filled with prickly pear cactus...tons of it!  The trail is clear, just don't stumble...


This trail gives you a 360 degree view of Sedona in all it's beauty.  It's pretty spectacular!


Prickly Pear Cactus.  If you have the patience, the jam & syrup you can make from the fruit of this cactus is delicious!  But getting those spines off sucks!


I know.  You're thinking, "she just said that trail was rocky...doesn't look rocky to me".  That's because I couldn't take photos when it was rocky...didn't want to fall into all those cacti that were filled with what I imagined to be thousands of snakes...don't even ask about the snakes.  I am a freak about them (and I don't mean that in a good way).


I tried a few times to get that flower in focus...I was shooting with my phone, so I'll cut myself some slack. (I think it's Indian Paintbrush...anyone know?)


Little baby cactus blooms...I am just facinated with what happens to cactus lately.


I have no idea what this is.  Don & I thought it was a Century Plant, but I just googled it & I'm pretty sure it's not.  Any ideas?


The backside of the trail.  What a view!



Ocotillo.  These are so cool when they bloom!  In the winter they look like dead sticks...something you should pull & toss.  Then they start to leaf out & get these pretty little blooms.  


The backside of the Vortex. Since Wikipedia is the keeper of all that is true & accurate on the internet (ha!  I'm kidding!) I'll let them explain a vortex to you here.  Turns out Wikipedia is greatly lacking in Sedona Vortex info.  Here's a much better explanation.  I am not sure if i believe the Vortex's really have any energy or if they're a tourist trap.  I sat on top of that big rock for 45 minutes, even mediated a little....nothing.  It was absolutely breathtaking & stunning, so I'll go back.  And if I happen to get a little Vortex energy on the side?  That'll be a bonus.


This wasn't even the best part...that I didn't get a photo of.

I think I'm going to start rating our hikes on a scale of 1-10 for how hard they were.  Don & I thought that this trail was relatively easy.  Let's go with 4.5.  Wait til I tell you about Bear Mountain...in the meantime:


A random bike at our hotel (we stayed at Sedona Super 8...it was clean & the nicest Super 8 I've ever stayed in).  I love all the bumper stickers & the teddy bear on the handle bars.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mermaids

I seem to have mermaids on the brain lately.  I painted this little gal for a card I made for my Love Notes pen pal.


I hope she likes her! 

Painting with watercolor has been fun a fun adventure!  I learn something new every time I pull the watercolors out.  I can't wait to see where this takes me.