Sunday, October 2, 2016

Remarkable Red Rocks

I have put off blogging about my trip to Arizona because it is hard to describe in a way that captures the magic of it.  Due to life circumstances, I almost postponed it.  But Rachel Porter here after referred to DD for dear daughter persisted and the trip went on as scheduled.  I am so glad!

We flew out of RDU and arrived in Arizona at night, the landscape hidden by the darkness.  The next morning, DD opened the curtains of our room at Sky Ranch Lodge in Sedona.

I was speechless, we enjoyed our coffee on the terrace and I said "amazing" an embarrassing number of times.

After a big breakfast we headed out to explore.  First up a hike at Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Pass.  We were able to experience the Boynton Canyon vortex and more stunning views.

There are many theories about the vortex and their impact on the human spirit.  Rather than the supernatural or transdimensional portal explanations  I believe it is the beauty and meditational qualities of the surroundings that inspired us.
Of course for me it could have been the exertion from the hike and a lack of oxygen that made me feel euphoric.

One of the reasons I was so excited for this trip was the opportunity to learn more about the Navajo, their culture and especially their weaving traditions.
On the way to Canyon de Chelly, we stopped at Hubbell Trading Post.  Traveling through the Reservation I was amazed at the incredible wide open spaces.  It seemed as if the road went on forever.

A traditional Navajo tapestry loom

Checking out a Navajo spindle

Mighty Churro

Rachel had arranged for us to take a jeep tour of Canyon de Chelly.  We had a wonderful guide, David.  The canyon was amazing and David told us stories about growing up in the canyon.

David and Rachel

Rachel and the wild ponies

A painted wild horse.  Note the top knot from cockleburrs

Another post tonight as there is so much more to share.

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