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My Red Sedona

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Sedona was officially named in 1902 when Theodore C. Schnebly, a Dutch settler bought 80 acres of land near Oak Creek in 1901. He applied for a post-office permit. He wanted to use his name and proposed that he call the land Schnebly Station, but was told the name was too long (and quite frankly I don’t think the name would have done the beauty of this place any justice) when he made application for the post-office after many settlers complained that the mail service was very slow getting to town. His application with his name Schnebly Station was denied because the name was too long to fit on a cancelation stamp, and so he decided to name it after his wife, Sedona.

Beautiful Sedona is about a 4500 foot elevation as you drive north in Arizona, about two and a half hours from Phoenix. Along the drive and when you arrive you will see the beautiful canyons of Sedona.

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A magnificent town of red rock mountains. It is typically about fifteen degrees cooler there than in Phoenix during the day and considerably cooler at night and in the early morning. In the winter they get about two inches of snow and temps can hover around the fifties. In Sedona you will find the breathtaking views at every turn, along with lots of culture, particularly from the Indian tribes who settled there from the twelfth century.

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Sedona is known as a spiritual place and is known for having good vibes in its multiple vortex sites—the energy centers. Here you can find health and meditation centers, spas, springs, crystals, and numerous tours are available. To understand all about the vortexes, please click on this link http://www.lovesedona.com/01.htm

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We drove up and stayed there for two days. We walked, toured, shopped, and took in a lot of Sedona’s splendor. We took two trolley tours through some of the canyons and the national forest. We also visited Boynton Canyon which is a very special place.

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At that canyon it was deemed a holy site back in the 1950’s by a woman named Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a former student of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. She built the chapel there up in the canyon to represent the sacred site for prayer and meditation. It was completed in 1956. It is known as the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and it now belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. The red rock formations there called ‘rock people’ are called the “The Twin Nuns” and in front of them it is believed to be the Madonna carrying the baby Jesus.

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From this canyon you have a bird’s eye view of Sedona and the famed “Bell Rock” which is a canyon shaped like a bell and said to possess very strong vortex energies.

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Before the tour guide even announced what we were looking at, I could have sworn I was looking at rock formations chiseled into the shape of people. But they are all natural formations over millions of years. I was fascinated by every moment I spent in Sedona.

Anyone I encountered that spoke of Arizona told me not to miss visiting Sedona and I found out why. It was truly an inspirational treat. We stayed right in the heart of the Upper Village which afforded us the luxury of walking out of our hotel room right on to the main downtown core. The view from our balcony was outstanding.

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I was advised to visit “Sedona Story” by a few people and found it was located directly across from my hotel. When I went to this healing and crystal center, I had a spiritual reading done which was pretty intense. I had my Chakras read and purchased some crystals there for energy and healing.

Another day, my husband and I found ourselves walking off the beaten path on our way to explore a gallery by foot. When we realized we had walked about twenty minutes, downhill on a winding highway road in the desert sun and found ourselves gasping for air as we drank our water bottles dry, we decided we should turn around and go get the car because my husband thought he wouldn’t be able to make it back up the steep hill. As we began to head back, we took frequent rests as my husband and I had to take cover out of the heat to cool down. Within a block I noticed a lone store on the hill called “Victorian Cowgirl”.

 

I told him we should go in and pretend we are shopping just to get a dose of some air conditioning. When we entered I was immediately captivated by the charm and merchandise in that store. There was clothing styled from the old saloon days. Frocks, boots, and all kinds of accessories were crammed into this little store. I thought it was a costume store and asked the owner if it was, but the owner told me they are all brand new clothes and she has clients who shop there from all over to wear her clothing. I saw frocks, hats, vintage handbags, hosiery and saloon boots made of leather and lace. And of course I had to have me a pair of those.

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One evening we drove out to a place called Airport Rd. to visit one of the vortex areas and take pictures of the sun setting there. It was magical. We got there around 6:30 pm as we were told the sun would set around 6:50 pm. When we arrived we found about twenty other people already at the edge of this canyon, complete with cameras clicking away and some sitting on rocks awaiting the sunset and/or meditating.

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Within the next fifteen minutes, a flurry of cars drove up the winding, dusty road and parked and joined everyone else on the peak.

I wasn’t there but five minutes before I could feel a vibrating electricity flowing through my body, radiating through me as though I were being renewed internally. The sunset on the canyons were just like watching the pages of a storybook turn.

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After that solemn event we went to have dinner at one of the top recommended Italian restaurants to eat in Sedona called Dahl and Lisa DiLuca. Lisa is the chef who took over the place as her own when Dahl retired last year. All I can say about that meal was OMG! I have been to many a five-star restaurants and this place won the award from me for best Italian food. If you happen to visit there, you will be in luck if the soup of the day is Tuscan tomato!.

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After two glorious days in Sedona, we ventured back to Scottsdale for the next few days, back to our beautiful suite at the Fairmont.

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We’d often stop at Wholefoods and buy some cold cuts and cheeses amongst other delectable healthy treats to enjoy for breakfast and/or lunch on our beautiful balcony at our hotel. We woke early each day and watched the beautiful sunrise from our balcony while we sipped on our coffee and had breakfast and dreamed about the next time we would be back in Arizona.

 
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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.

25 Comments

  • Aquileana

    Amazing trip, dear D.G. II am just wondering now… isn’t that weather maybe too hot for a canadian gal like you?… Teasing!…
    I loved every single picture here… And the canyons of Sedona are certainly a majestic natural beauty!.
    Thank you very much for sharing. Happy sunday an week ahead to you, Aquileana 😀

  • marianbeaman

    Love these adventures both on and off the beaten path. The photos are absolutely breathtaking. I wish I could press a button and be transported away from the heat and humidity of Florida right now.

    Your husband must care for you deeply to be so easily seduced by the phrase “pretend we are shopping”! 🙂

    • dgkaye

      Lol Marian, you make me laugh. Yes, I am lucky, he is always happy to buy me things if I want. And wouldn’t I just like to press that same button and be back there in a heartbeat! While you complain of heat and humidity, we are already wearing jackets here. 🙁

  • Christina ~

    You wrote so enticingly enchanting of Sedona…it was like getting to visit myself! I do very much appreciate that since traveling for me, at present, isn’t likely. But oh my…some of those views and your explanations took my breath away!! As did the view from your hotel…so so happy you got to enjoy such a wonderful adventure! Did you make any plans to re-visit? 🙂 You looked so happy in the photo of you and then the one of you and your hubby….just so so great to enjoy the trip with you!! 🙂 <3 <3 ~

    • dgkaye

      I’m glad you enjoyed them Christina. It’s hard not to be in awe of such beautiful photos, imagine being there! It’s is so breathtakingly beautiful. Yes, we are going back next March! And, it can’t come soon enough, lol. You live closer to there than I do! 🙂 <3 <3

  • SexwAnnie

    Thanks for sharing DG, What a beautiful place, Love the boots, reminds me of The movie Practical Magic, When the witches fly off the roof, lol.. Not saying you’re a witch, well maybe a good witch, lol… Love ya!! xoxo..

  • A.K.Andrew @artyyah

    What an amazing trip! And thankyou so much for reminding me I want to go to Sedona. The photos are stunning. I’ve been to N. New Mexico which has a similar ‘special place ‘ feeling. Really enjoyable post:-)

    • dgkaye

      Thank you so much A.K. for visiting. I was so taken by this beautiful place and compelled to share the beauty. I know New Mexico has some beautiful views too. Certainly the beauty of Sedona has its own magical charm. 🙂

  • Let's CUT the Crap!

    Wonderful tour, Debby. I blew the pictures up full screen. Wow. I’ve never been but this is somewhat what I imagined Arizona to be. The canyon, the sky, the desert. Wow. Love your sundress and pink ride. <3 This is quite a breathtaking corner of the world. 🙂

  • Carol Balawyder

    Magical, spiritual, breathtaking…That’s Sedona for sure. I’ve been there twice and it’s one of my favorite places. It has that special energy. Wow! Your photos are fabulous! Thanks for the memories and some…Glad you had such a wonderful trip…and those boots you bought…Stunning!

    • dgkaye

      Thanks again Carol! To have been there and then to be reminded does evoke special feelings about that wonderful place. 🙂

  • elainemansfield

    Sounds like you’re next to heaven to me–except that dry hot part. I wonder if you’ll move there. Stay tuned…

  • seaangel4444

    Wow, Debby! Thank you so much for sharing your phenomenal experiences while in Sedona. I have always, always wanted to travel there, and this post has heightened my resolve. The vortexes of Sedona are particularly interesting to me. Breathtaking photos! Cher xo

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for reading Cher! And the best part is, we hatched our plans and we have rented a beautiful condo in Scottsdale for next winter! Bring it on! 🙂

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