Monday, April 1, 2013

Arizona: Sedona



Sedona is as interesting as it is breathtakingly beautiful. This charming city is famous for its breathtaking red rocks and laid-back atmosphere, and if you are
driving to Grand Canyon you should make it a point to drive through Sedona. By itself Sedona has lot of interesting places to see and experience, but if you are short of time, then a drive through this place is worth to get a feel of this beautiful place.


This route is a little round about way of reaching Grand Canyon, but if you want to see Sedona you might as well take the slightly longer route.

 ( please click on the pictures if want to see the enlarged version)


It was simply awesome

Oak Creek Canyon — in Sedona Arizona


I wish we had the time to jump into the water like those people
The town looks pretty surrounded by large red and white sandstone cliffs and buttes, with contrasting greenery provided by a mixture of trees, bushes and cacti.










Look at the rock formations, they seem to glow in brilliant orange and red against the sun.



I would have loved to spend some relaxing time at that house on top o f the hill with the most beautiful view. Just look at the road below.. However, all this would have been possible if we had the time. Since we had limited time at our disposal, such things were not possible. But thanks to our son we could at least have some fleeting glimpse of this beautiful place.
Many artists have been attracted to Sedona and its rugged beauty which is said to enhance their creativity. Over the years, an artist colony has developed in Sedona and many of the artists sell their work in local galleries and shops. 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 which are 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. Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit any of these places for we were just driving through this place, and just stopped at some shops, had a shock, when we saw the prices, though I did manage to buy an antique necklace and a pair of earrings to go with it. 



The Oak creek Canyon


The combination of mysticism and red-rock majesty attracts a lot of people to Sedona

The colors were truly mesmerising



With my son


The Red Rock City Sedona



Some random shots taken from our camera of the villas





Sedona's Red Rocks are also considered to be some of the most spiritually charged RocksI wish i had the time to experience at least some of it, maybe some day who knows...
Vortex sites are believed to be locations having energy flow that exists on multiple dimensions. The energy of the vortexes interacts with a person’s inner self. It is not easily explained. Obviously it must be experienced.
I saw quite a few Reiki Studios there, obviously it was most suited for the practice of Reiki, meditation and Yoga.


Oak Creek Road, the most scenic road to take


Driving towards the Grand Canyon


This has become more or less a photo blog. However, I am sure you would love them. This was part of our US road trip which we had taken some 3 years ago.
Travelling by car is the best way to see the US.  We can always take such detours and see the less known places on the way.

30 comments:

  1. Nice road trip, Rama! Arizona is almost next door to Oregon and I have only been there once! Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Yes Jerry, it was indeed a very good road trip. I am glad you liked it. Thanks.

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  2. Nice photo, Rama! Those rocks are beautiful! They reminded me that 2 years ago, in Albania we crossed, by car, a little canyon which is advertised as being very much alike with these Arizona rocks. Of course, on a different scale. Thanks for sharing your experience there.

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    1. I am sure you must have come across many regions with similar landscape in your travel. I really envy your freedom. You have really soaked yourself in each and every place visited by you, and your pictures too speak for themselves.
      It was a pleasure sharing such trips with all of you.

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  3. Fond memories,reminiscence are like wine .aren't they/

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    1. Yes Anil, one can never forget such trips undertaken with lot of planning, and sometimes getting a bonus, unexpectedly, like this one. We would missed this place,if people who had been there had not mentioned that we could also squeeze in Sedona in our tight itinerary of seeing all the important places in the US in just 21 days.

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  4. The tranquility of the scenic places change us into an ecstatic mood.Much, much beautiful.Thank you for this display.

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    1. It was a pleasure sharing our experience with all of you. Thanks, I am glad you liked it.

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  5. Wonderful pics, I so wish I got a chance to visit them one day :-)

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    1. Thanks Ashwini.
      Welcome to my blogs. There was a time, when like you I also wished, I could visit all the beautiful places around the world, and believe me it would happen to you too, and if you keep thinking about it, the day will not be far when you yourself would be undertaking such journeys in your life.
      There are still so many places to see both in India and abroad, and I have not stopped wanting to see them.

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  6. wowww the reck rocks,blueskies and lovely smiley faces totally shots are awesomeee

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    1. Thanks Kala, it is always a pleasure to hear from you.

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  7. A trip to the Grand Canyon is part of my bucket list. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful.
    Lovely captures and loved reading your account of your trip.

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    1. Thank you Purba. We all have so many wishes in our bucket list, and I too have a lot still remaining to get ticked off. This is the kind place where just breezing through is not enough, one must literally stay there soak into the atmosphere, and really really enjoy it completely.The houses on the hill tops are so breathtakingly beautiful and with equally breathtaking views. Being in to Reiki practice for years, it was a pity I could not stop long enough to experience the flow of energy around certain well known Rocks.
      However, I am glad i could at least have a fleeting glimpse of this beautiful place.
      Welcome to my blogs Purba.

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  8. You brought fond memories of this beautiful place, the trip was so good, I was reluctant to leave Sedona. My dream is to exhibit in one of those galleries. your pics are stunning Rama, do you mind sharing them with me for my reference album?

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    1. It is so good to know that you have also been there and fell in love with this wonderful place. I am sure your dream would surely come true. I absolutely don't mind sharing the photos with you. These were taken by my son and my husband.

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  9. Beautiful pics..Though I live in the west coast, never got a chance to visit Sedona. I have been to Grand Canyon though. Beautiful pics..thanks for sharing :)

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    1. As you live there it is easy to plan a relaxed trip anytime you feel like, but for people like we have to plan everything, so that nothing is missed. Our son's professor suggested to him to take the longer route so that we can squeeze in this beautiful place too.
      It was fun and interesting to drive everywhere, instead of being stuck in some conducted tour.
      However, many of our relatives who have been living there for years have not seen most of the places although they live close to these wonders.

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  10. Thank you for saying yes Rama, I have always been wanting to ask whenever I saw your pics, but finally asked :-)

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    1. You are most welcome Padmaja. In fact one of my friend who is also a painter wanted to paint one of my sunset pictures, she had seen in the cloud association photos. You are free to use any of the pictures for painting. Are you by any chance in Bangalore?
      Do call me if you are here.

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  11. Enjoyed the photographs. They are all really very beautiful! I must forward this link to my son!

    You look quite slim here!

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    1. Thanks Sandhya. Yeah, I was quite alright at that time, but that was also the beginning of my weight gain, usually whenever I go abroad, I tend to put some weight because of the lack healthy food choice, but I always managed to lose them as soon I got back home, but after this trip I had started to slowly put on more weight, and even after 3 years I am still struggling to lose it.
      Anyway, as the saying goes, "what cannot be cured must be endured" I suppose.

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  12. Visiting Arizona and particularly Horse shoe bend is on my bucket list. I enjoyed going through the pictures Rama!

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  13. A beautiful post and am still longing to see Grand Canyon!

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  14. The Grand Canyon is must visit place,and should be visited at different times of the day, we could make it in the afternoon and the evening,(evening sunset being the most beautiful). I have even seen pictures of it during the winter with snow fall it is really very pretty. And if you have time you must try their train, and the helicopter ride too. And don't miss Sedona on your way to GC.
    Thanks Rahul, and I am sure you would have more interesting things to write about this place.

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  15. The pictures are spectacular. I missed Sedona when we missed Grand Canyon so many years back. You brought back some fabulous memories.

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  16. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! Such breath-taking views. Thanks for giving us a virtual tour! :)

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  18. Thanks Veena, I really liked your food blog. I keep looking for food sites which has baking without eggs.
    Nice having you here.

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  19. The canyons are simply majestic, they make us realize how mighty Nature is and how small we are in front of her. Thank you for the wonderful tour Rama:)

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