We went into Gatlinburg to see our timeshare at Laurel Point. Our building was destroyed in the fire. Robin and Robbie waited outside while we went in to the office. We couldn’t have been inside more than 10 minutes. When we came out Robin had captured this photo while a bear leisurely strolled past the pavilion! Later that night I made a night sky photo. If you look closely in the upper middle of the photo you can see the Big Dipper, also known as Ursa Major, the big bear.
Note: Dan and I are now in Myrtle Beach. The bear sighting happened last week in Smoky Mountains. Slow internet or slow blogger?
Yesterday was a day of celebration. Not only was it Independence Day, it was Ashley’s birthday. Deliah and I went through our mystery rock bucket we purchased at the magic waterfall. We found amethyst, calcite, fluorite, rose quartz and citrine. We might make jewelry. We played all day then went to Pigeon Forge to watch fireworks. We came back and watched the Spears family launch their LED rockets. I tried some star photos and was too lazy to go get the tripod. I did get one pretty clear shot of the Big Dipper.
Two more days and Dan and I head to Myrtle Beach. I haven’t been there in probably 40 years. I’m sure it has changed quite a bit! Looking forward to week two.
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.