Sedona has been on my bucket list for some time. It exceeded my expectations. There are a few places I have visited that are truly breath-taking. This is one.
Photos and descriptions of those red rocks at sunset just do not do justice to the majestic beauty of this place.
The natural splendor of Sedona is reason enough for a visit, but in addition to the absolutely amazing rock formations, there are Vortexes. I went there not really knowing what a vortex was, aside from the general understanding that it is a place where the earth’s energy is either magnified or released. The website Wild Sedona says that a vortex is ” a place, usually on or near an interesting rock formation, where people have reported feeling inspired by a beneficial source of energy.” As they suspected, I was skeptical but open to an experience. I’m always up for a trip outdoors that involves hiking boots and vast quantities of drinking water. The only thing I like better is one that also involves a rock hammer.
If you pay attention, you will notice that in certain places the trunks of the trees begin to twist. Before visiting, I thought to my clever self that this must be due to wind. I believed this because I have seen trees on the coast in the Northeast that are twisted and bent by the savage winds. But these places are not subject to any particular winds that would not affect the trees growing in close proximity. Yet they twist.
I visited three vortexes. Two on purpose and one by accident upon arrival on our first hike. The first was at Bell Rock.
Jenna Kernan at the Bell Rock Vortex
I paused in the vortex without knowing it. It was the only place we stopped on the hike. Why there? It was beautiful and it just felt right. Only after sitting and having some water did I notice the twisting trees. I could not leave without promising myself to return someday because I did not want to leave. Promise made, we continued on.
The second vortex was reached after making a great climb up Cathedral Rock to the saddle. You can reach the vortex from the parking lot and do not need to climb, but I the view is worth the effort. This place was devoid of trees but was one of the most magnificent vistas I’ve ever seen. I wanted to linger and did delay for as long as possible. But the day was heating up and we still had to climb down.
The last vortex we visited was Airport Vortex. This was very easy to reach and, for me, was the most peaceful. Where Cathedral Rock was exhilarating (perhaps because I did not die on the ascent), Airport Vortex just made me want to linger. Sitting on the trunk of a twisted tree, I felt a deep sense of calm and found myself smiling. I’m not generally tranquil, but there I certainly was and felt completely at ease with my surroundings.
My experience in Sedona has left me believing that there is power in those red rocks and the wide blue sky. If you get a chance to go – grab it. If you visit, don’t forget to pack water, hiking shoes and an open mind.
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