Below are five pictures from some of our shopping excursions in Sedona. If you're going to Sedona you should really be prepared to shop. Some of the best, sweeping views are done from the shopping areas. The first two shots are from Tlaquepaque, which was named after a fine shopping superb of Guadalajara - the literal translation means "the best of everything". Gorgeous and expensive shopping center with lots of full, twisty, beautiful trees. The other three are from the Hillside Shops that featured interesting landscaping, art, and great vistas.
|Tlaquepaque Courtyard||Tlaquepaque Shops||Hillside Shops||Hillside Shops Vista||Hillside Shops Vista|
Below are five pictures from the Slide Rock State Park area. Although the backup of cars from the parking for the park was three blocks long, we found a little pullout about three blocks up the road. The pullout had a trail that went back to the state park and allowed us to easily climb down to the water. There were deep water areas for diving and little slippery-rock areas for little tots and an adult turbo-tunnel area up the creek. Unfortunately we forgot our swimsuits so we could only wade and take pictures. Next time, though. Also is a picture from Midgely Bridge which is just north of Uptown Sedona with big vistas and a trail down to Oak Creek. And we had a great picnic in Red Rock Park with Oak Creek to cool off and Cathedral Rock for a background. I used my arms to tune in the metaphysical electromagnetic waves of chakra force and eventually I felt the Vortex. Really.
Okay... it might have been the wine.
|Slide Rock Pullout Trail||Slide Rock Overview||Slide Rock Rick wades||Slide Rock George wading||Slide Rock upper adult area||Midgely Bridge lookout||Red Rock Park picnic|
Our last stop before leaving Sedona at the end of our weekend was the view at the Airport Vista Loop. This $5 state park stop has fantastic views and vistas, a great easy-to-climb red rock hill for those top-of-the-world views, and the trail that goes around the "Airport Vortex." This is supposed to be the easiest vortex to get to. I'm not sure how they measure the supposed energy from a vortex but they say you can tell by how twisted the Juniper trees get. We certainly saw some twisted Juniper trees. As George and I started out on the trail that is thinner than a goat trail and has a 1,000 foot drop off at all times, George and I immediately felt lightheaded. George got too dizzy to go on so she waited while I did a quick hike around the mountain. I can't say I felt anything other than a little lightness but I did come back smiling. Mostly smiling because I didn't fall of the trail.
|Airport Vortex view NorthWest||Airport Vortex steps||Airport Vortex trail||Airport Vortex hill for trail||Airport Vortex twisted Juniper tree||Airport Vortex view NorthEast||AVI Airport Vortex sweeping view|
The video is a 15 Meg file that you can download to your hard drive by right-clicking and selecting "Save target as...". Then you can simply click on that file to play it in Windows Media Player. The video is just an attempt to get an idea of the view at the Airport Vista Loop stop by sweeping around in a slow circle.