After another great day of hiking and photographing we headed to Bell Rock for sundown. We hiked up and had a powerful meditation. I played my new flute that I bought at High Spirits Flutes in Patagonia. The vortex there is very powerful!
We went to dinner with a glass of wine and waited for dark. It is so beautiful and soooo dark. I have been trying to get a star photo forever. The photographer at Rollie’s Camera in Sedona gave me some tips and told me a good location. Lynn is the best friend ever as she patiently waited in the cold while I played. I was so happy with my results. What a fabulous way to spend the last night!
Yes Carl Sagan you are correct, billions and billions of stars! Isn’t the cosmos grand?
Spectacular view from Eagle’s Nest in Red Rock State Park
Wednesday we headed out to start our exploration of Sedona. This part of Arizona is magical. The rock formations can be seen from anywhere. We started the day at Red Rock State Park. We took the two mile hike up to Eagle’s Nest. Two miles may not seem very far but it was quite the climb on a dirt and rock trail with dozens of switchbacks, but worth every step.
Next we drove to Crescent Moon Ranch and took the trail that runs along Oak Creek to Cathedral Rock. Again not disappointed!
Starving after a day of hiking we went to Rimcon to eat. Mexican food Arizona style. Yum! Steak tacos and Navajo pizza!
Sedona is a great place to see the stars and there are billions visible. It’s what they call a “dark city” and that just means they have low city lights so that the night sky is more spectacular. I’m getting in some practice on my astrophotography. Needless to say I’m quite the beginner, but what better place to practice.
We would like to introduce you to Brigid the bison. She joined us at Wall Drug in Walk South Dakota. She took her first plane ride to Nashville from Rapid City SD. This is her first official Thelma & Louise adventure.
She really enjoyed looking out the Southwest plane window
Today she went to the gem and mineral show and then we took at drive up to Mt. Lemmon and Sabino Canyon. It was beautiful. It’s about 20 miles out of Tucson. Brigid has quite a thrilling day. Look for more photos!
The happy road warriors arrived safely in Phoenix. We headed to Tucson with our traditional lunch stop at the legendary Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. The park is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains. It is the home of the Lost Dutchman Mine. No one has ever found the mine. Who knows maybe we will!
We took Dan to Bozeman airport Sunday and headed east to Devils Tower. We had no wifi and no cell at Lytle Creek, our B & B just a couple of miles from the park. It was a beautiful place. I’m writing now from the cabin at Custer State Park still no wifi so photos will be limited.
Lunch in Hardin WY
Lytle Creek Bed & Breakfast
We highly recommend it. Quiet, quaint and down a dirt road from Devils Tower. It’s a ten minute drive to Hulett, population of about 500! But the eating there was excellent and Lynn and I each had a stone therapy massage from Bunny Sings Wolf, a Lakota healing woman. That’s a whole other blog!
I almost forgot to mention that the owner built a little four hole golf course down in the field!
This deli is famous. We are told people come from all over to eat. The panini was excellent, even with the beaver mustard!
The ride to Bozeman was just as spectacular as every other place we have been. We stopped by the Gallatin River for Dan’s last picnic. He is coming back to Tennessee tomorrow. We stopped in Big Sky, MT and walked 2mile hike down to Ousel Falls. It was well worth the hike. I took my Canon camera so the photos you see today came from Lynn’s iPhone. She has become quite the photographer.
When we got to the falls two guys came up carrying their kayaks. We thought they were crazy, but, they put them in the water right under the falls. We got to see them go for a way. Can’t post the video, sorry. Now we are in Bozeman getting ready to watch the Preds kick butt.