Final week in Pt. Mugu

Chuckwagon Trail, Sedona

Another beautiful day spent with my boots in the red dirt. Had everything a girl could ask for. Creek crossings, incredibly panoramic views, the scent of juniper to fill the air and a beautiful family of the heart to enjoy it with. (Sad note, Bob did a bike ride on another trial and crashed head over his handlebars….his body ok, just a little bruised, the bike not so much. Parts are on order)

Jerome and the Crazy Kaleidoscope Adventure

Took a beautiful day trip up to Jerome with Ron & Kathy. A town built into the side of the mountain it originally was settled and built upon the wealth of copper mining. At one time the population exceeded 15,000 and it was the center of commerce for the entire Verde Valley area. By the 1950’s the population had decreased to around 50 full-time residents and over the next twenty or so years the town started to slowly rebuild as artists came in and settled themselves in this beautiful scenic area. It’s present day incarnation is as a tourist destination. It reminds us somewhat of Virginia City, NV due to the quirkiness of the stores and their ability to re-invent themselves to appeal to tourists young and old. From wine tasting rooms, art stores, museums , bars and restaurants…there is plenty to see and do around town, but no visit would be complete without a trip to the KALEIDOSCOPE STORE! That’s right, an entire store devoted to just kaleidoscopes! Trust me, and go.

Most of these pics were taken through the opening of the
kaleidoscope using my iPhone

Red Rock State Park, Sedona

The road to Red Rock

The road to Red Rock

I have been hiking around Red Rock park for many years, but it is always a new experience when you get to take someone with you that hasn’t been there before. You see things through new eyes as their experience becomes intertwined with yours. Kathy and I spent the day hiking up to Eagles Nest. The Eagle's Nest Loop and the Apache Fire Loop are joined together by the Coyote Ridge Trail which creates one of my favorite day hikes. The views from the different vantage points as the trails winds around through the juniper, manzanita and cypress are just amazing. Take some time, stop and enjoy the beauty. We did.

(This is about the tenth time I have done this hike, and while it looks like renovations are continuing on the House of Apache Fire, it still has a long way to go before they re-open it. I hope to someday be able to visit the inside when they re-open it for tours. For now, here is a great blog post I found about the renovation . )