My husband and I needed a little break from the weather in Montreal and headed to Sedona, Arizona for a few days of relaxation, sun, and hiking.
Our first afternoon, we went to Cathedral Rock. This is a popular trail because the rock formations are so interesting, and it is reputed to be the source of a strong energy vortex - a place where you can feel the spiritual energy of Sedona the most.
Everyone wants to experience the energy of the vortexes, and you need to be quiet and respectful of those meditating or praying in the area. Many tourists, us included, wandered around asking where the vortex was, as if there would be a sign or something. The locals will tell you it's everywhere. One thing is for sure, we found it beautiful there.
To beat the crowds and get in a longer hike, we went to South Wilson Mountain Trail the next day. This hike took a good part of the day and with an elevation gain of 2300 ft, we saw few others and even walked through some snow at the top. The views from there were beautiful, although next time I'll get a much earlier start for better photo opportunities.
Our last morning, we got up early for a walk around Airport Mesa, another well known vortex site. I had fun with my Lensbaby here, and it was the only lens I brought with me. I have to say, we both felt something there. The combination of the early morning sunlight, fresh air, the strong but warm winds, stunning views and relative quiet was rejuvenating.
More information on the Lensbaby here with other images using this fun lens.