Posts in May 2011
Yesterday I went to the Zaki Gordon Institue for Independent Film Making to see some short films at their end of the year presentation. A friend of mine had his short film showing. I really enjoyed seeing the creativity that went into making these shorts. I don’t know much about film making, but I can recognize talent and imagination. My friend’s piece, Persu.CO, was about a box man, who falls in love with a box that gets taken by the VPS shipping company. The box man has to find his lost box. It was cute, funny and clever.
Another highlight, having nothing to do with the movies, was the food at the Reel Cafe. I had a Mediterranean Plate, which featured humus, babaganoush and a pasta salad that was really quite amazing.
They are showing films today as well. If you have some free time I would check it out.
The weather has been perfect the past week. I woke up Tuesday and found myself headed back into the canyon in search of a little scenic beauty I couldn’t see from the seat of my car. I must admit I am pretty lucky to wake everyday to the amazing beauty that is Sedona.
I haven’t hiked in the Boynton Canyon area in a few years, so I decided to hike the Vista Trail which is located off the Boynton Canyon Trail. I only had an hour and a half put aside for hiking so this trail would be perfect. There were already several cars in the parking area when I arrived at 8am. What was a surprise was that the hike was decorated with so many wildflowers. I really don’t know the names of the flowers, but there were yellow, white, red, purple and pink flowers along the trail…all different types.
The hike starts out flat and a little sandy. There are a lot of twisty trees, with scraggly branches. I love the contrast of the dark wood and the blue sky. There is a sign that clearly marks the offshoot for the Vista trail. It is an easy incline opening to amazing views. It is called the Vista trail for a reason. The sky was so clear I could see chimney rock and courthouse butte in the distance. I could look back into Seven Canyons, it seemed to stretch forever. And when I got to the top, Boynton Canyon was spread out before me. It was really quite breathtaking.
I found a private spot to sit and take it in. I noticed that the red rocks had little crystals in them. A geode was actually in the rock face making a tiny crystal cave.
There are two spires at the end of this hike. The one that is famous is called Kachina Woman. There is a legend about her and she is said to be a sign of fertility. If you touch her you will be fruitful. I didn’t go near her…ha! But did admire her from a distance. At certain angles she looks like a woman in prayer.
This is a popular hike. I walked by a couple making out on the side of the trail; perhaps Kachina woman inspired them, lol…This is a very popular trail. I passed by many hikers on my way up and at the end there was a little crowd. I wouldn’t recommend this if you wanted to be by yourself or meditate.
This is a short hike. Maybe ¾ of a mile. Easy climb to amazing views between 2 spires. I should also mention this is known to be a Vortex site. Personally, I am not into the vortex thing, but a lot of people do believe in these energy sources. Perhaps it is what gives Kachina her magic? What I have noticed about the Vortex sites is they all have the most amazing views you can find in Sedona. Definitely, worth your time and a visit.
I just saw that the Red Rock Ranger station is having a local wildflower presentation on Saturday, May 14th at 11am. That sounds really fun! I have been seeing a lot of wildflowers lately. They are popping up along the highways and there were a lot on both the West Fork and Chavez Ranch hikes. Phyliss Lindberg who is an area expert will give a free hour long presentation on both Sedona and Verde Valley wildflowers. Hope to see you there!
A friend and I found ourselves down by the Chavez Ranch swimming area yesterday. I had found this trail head by accident a few years ago. I like to go on drives with no real destination in mind and was taking the scenic ride down Upper Red Rock Loop road and instead of heading to Crescent Moon Ranch, I decided to head left instead of right, and take the dirt road less traveled by, with no real idea what I would find on the other side. Once to the top of the hill there are some amazing views of Courthouse Butte and Cathedral Rock, along with the local homesteads in the valley. You make a left at the hilltop and go down a winding narrow road, that after about ten minutes takes you to the Chavez Ranch trail head.
This is an easy hike to a local swimming hole. It may not even be considered a hike, as hiking implies a gaining of elevation and some physical effort, so I could call it a scenic walk. What is great about this trail is that not many people seem to know about it. Usually, I take this hike in the fall. Because it runs along oak creek there a lot of leafy trees so the colors are amazing. It was great to find out in the Spring it is just as lovely.
There was only one other car there when we parked, and we stepped out of the vehicle to the distant sound of guitar music. There was a musician who was quite good sitting down by the creek strumming. We walked back beneath the trees along the water and crossed over the creek to a field of more trees and pleasantly overgrown vegetation. There were so many new green leaves and plants it hardly felt like we were in Arizona. It might be good to carry a walking stick with you if you are not really sure footed. My friend is like a goat and he hops across the water with no trouble at all. I, on the other hand, like the assurance of something in my hands for balance.
Since I was there in the fall, another tree hand fallen across the path but it was easy to climb over. There are actually several very large trees that have fallen that you walk past or can climb upon. My friend pointed out that it was amazing how something so old and broken could still have life. The branches stretched up to toward the sun, leaves growing from them still. Spring flowers dotted our path. Purple, orange, and red.
The trail opens to a swimming hole framed by red rock. The water was smooth. The green leaves of the trees, and the red of the rocks reflected back at us. The view was slightly different than it is in the fall. If you look back down the creek in the direction in which you have walked you could see all of the green of the trees and the water running over the rocks. In the fall the trees are more bare so you get more of a red rock view. If you want, there is an area where you can climb the rocks to take in more of this view above the trees. I didn’t climb up on this outing, but I have done so before.
My friend and I took a seat at the edge of the creek and put our feet in the water. It was refreshing with the sun on us and I wished I had brought a bathing suit. It hadn’t thought it was quite swimming weather yet, but I think it could have been fun. By the time we walked back to our car the parking lot was full of cars. Most people in bathing suits and carrying coolers. It was nice to hear that weekend laughter and chatter. Made me wish I didn’t have to head into work later in the day.
I had the great pleasure of visiting the New Day Spa this week for a Body-Mind Relaxation Massage. What a treat! What I love about the New Day Spa is how relaxing there facility is. After you change into a robe and slippers, you can either wait for your masseuse in the front lounge where there are juices and snacks; or you can wait in the back lounge where there are whicker loungers and a bevy of magazines. Beauty Salons are the only place I ever read those celebrity magazines and I picked one up to flip through while I waited.
The first part of my massage was done with brushes. The bristles were soft and slightly firm. The light fluid strokes stimulate the movement of lymphatic fluid and to top it off felt heavenly. She said this movement would release toxins and improve circulation. It was like getting your back scratched with a hundred fingers. She finished by brushing my hair and scalp.
Next I was led through a connecting door to a room that had an amazing sunken tub for two. The bath salts were very relaxing and smelt heavenly. I soaked in the jets and snacked on fruit and sweets for about ten minutes before returning to the massage room.
This was my first experience with having a hot stone massage. I had seen this before in pictures, but never really understood what this was. First my body was rubbed down in an amazingly soothing body oil. Then with heated stones in her hands the masseuse gave me a massage. The heat from the stones felt amazing and oh so relaxing. She said that the heat helped loosen the muscles. She finished with a facial massage with a rosemary lotion. I nearly fell asleep.
I felt so relaxed and amazing when it was all over. Everyone should treat themselves to a massage once in a while and I highly recommend The New Day Spa.