“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
These past two weeks have flown by for me! Maybe it was because last week I got called in on my on call shift to the hospital and it made me sure to really enjoy my days off with my family…then I got put on call today for my scheduled shift – woe is the life of a nurse!
I’m going to go back to our first family trip once we moved to Arizona. We went up to visit Sedona AZ. If you are a nature explorer, off rode driver, organic eater, yogi lover, or anything in between there, you should visit Sedona! They had quite a few organic eateries, off road trails (for bikes and trucks/jeeps), hiking, and so many other things. It is also in red rock country, so don’t take anything white or that you wouldn’t want to be stained red. 😉 Justin was bummed we drove the traverse and not his truck because there are paths to drive everywhere and you can get to some cool hiking trails easier that way too.
On our first day in Sedona, we hiked to Devil’s Bridge. This was just one of the times Justin wished that we had driven the truck. If you have a high clearance vehicle, it cuts off a mile or so of the hike (the boring part) and there are a lot of driving trials off the trail to the path. This was listed as an intermediate hike, but there were times we were pretty much rock climbing up to get where we wanted to go. Not that it would have made us any less likely to have hiked to the bridge, but I know quite a few people we passed were surprised and upset because they had to turn around or wait for some in their group to climb up to the bridge.
The views of and from the bridge were amazing. You could even walk out onto it! We’ve been to a couple natural bridges, but this one has been my favorite because there were not a lot of people and it was kind of a tough climb, which was a great workout while wearing our kids.
The next day we hiked the Courthouse Butte Loop (a butte is a hill with steep sides and a flat top). You hike along the base of the Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. When you climb up you can see the Cathedral Rock from the view. It was a beautiful day to hike and the blue skies against the red landscape made it look even more stunning. If you climb up Bell Rock, it also gets pretty steep – steep enough that only Justin went up because we didn’t feel comfortable taking the girls all the way up.
There were still things that we didn’t get to see. I tried finding one of the vortexes, but had a hard time pinpointing where it was exactly. I finally found some things on pintrest, so if we go back I will know where it is! I hear yogis love doing yoga in the vortex, which I would love to try!
Have you been to Red Rock country? Or somewhere similar? As much as I hate the dust and red sand, it really is beautiful if you’ve never been. There’s plenty to just drive around and see too if you aren’t into hiking.
Hope you have a blessed week!