Destination: Sedona, Arizona

Entering Sedona, Arizona

There is nothing quite as high quality as taking a picture with a camera phone through a car window.

I saw a lot of tours for the Grand Canyon while staying in Flagstaff. Didn’t see a lot for Sedona. Thought that was odd, but went anyway.

Sedona was the finale of my three-part Sunday visiting Jerome and Montezuma Castle. By the time I reached the rocks I wasn’t so much in the mood to hike up a rock, particularly given the day’s heat, but the vortexes they supposedly have out there were calling my name.

Back in San Diego we have two “gravity hills” – phenomena that are categorized with vortexes as they’re a unique area of the earth where things just aren’t quite normal. Magnetic pulls, energy, call it what you will, but gravity hills give the illusion of traveling uphill while you’re actually going downhill. A vortex, on the other hand, is an area of spiraling spiritual energy that possesses healing, meditative properties. So you see, two very different phenomena but both equally freaky. Like Beyoncé and her sister.

Juniper tree near Sedona vortex

A juniper tree; their wood is said to become more twisted and contorted the closer they grow to a vortex.

At Sedona’s vistor center I asked “Boon” (worst name ever, and worst loud laugh ever) what vortex I should try to find while hiking around. He pointed me toward a location off Airport Road.

“It’s only about 100 yards off the road from where you park,” said BOON (honestly, this can’t be a real name).

“Ok, well I’m kinda here to see some nice scenery too, so is there a better one that has nice views and isn’t near a major road?” (or, you know, an air field)

He pointed me toward Cathedral Rock. Ok. Here we go. Not a killer hike and I can actually reach a vortex. And I was off.

Cathedral Rock trailhead

At the trailhead of Cathedral Rock, and still a believer in vortexes at this point.

Except when I got there it was a thousand degrees and there was no shade and everything was uphill.

Story made short: I hiked a good distance up the rock, took some pretty pics, didn’t find a vortex, but did have great conversations with even more out-of-shape people also attempting this hike.

Hiking Sedona, Arizona

Me, not even close to the top of Cathedral Rock.

And finally, based off my attentive and empirical observations, I feel strongly that more Asians and Europeans visit Sedona than Americans.

And that was Sedona, which is better expressed in photos so here are a few to take a gander at:

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

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Learn more about Sedona here.

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