Today Larry and I spent the day exploring Sedona, located at the lower end of Arizona's spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, renowned for its stunning red buttes and monoliths, as well as its surrounding lush forests. This is a very special place for us, as this is where we honeymooned in 1985! We hadn't been back to this area since then.
The first thing on our agenda was to locate the L'Auberge de Sedona, a beautiful bed and breakfast we visited in '85. The facility has certainly grown, (it's now a 4 star diamond spa resort), but the intimate cottage we stayed in is still there and the grounds are certainly just as beautiful. Located along the banks of Oak Creek, there is a tranquility here that's just minutes from the bustling activity in town. We enjoyed strolling along the creek, enjoying the ducks and just reliving a bit of our past. Kind of romantic, don't you think?
Sedona has certainly become an upscale retirement and tourism community. It has long been a center for traditional and contemporary artists, and offers a variety of galleries, boutiques and specialty shops. However, it may have been more than the scenic red rocks that stimulated the creativity of artists. It is believed by many people that the region of Sedona contains a concentration of vortexes - spots that release psychic energy or power from the Earth. The four local points which are considered to be energy vortexes are Bell Rock, Table Top Mountain, Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon. All I can say is that they are all as beautiful as ever! No matter which way you gaze, this area is totally breathtaking.
We took a short break to enjoy lunch before taking the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon Scenic drive, described by Rand McNally as one of America’s Top 10 scenic drives. A winding climb from Sedona through Oak Creek Canyon offered striking panoramic views of the flowing creek and lushly green forest. Wow, what a spectacular way to end our day! I took lots of pictures. I'll try not to post too many of them...LOL
Tomorrow we are taking the Devil's Bridge hike, so be sure to come back and check it out. See you there....