I like that this park is known as an Environmental Education Facility...so I was drawn to it.
I started my day early in hopes of catching a ranger who was going to do a Nature Hike at a set time. I wanted to take some trail mix with me, because I was planning on hiking most of the day. Good thing I was a girl scout growing up! I didn't have any baggies with me, so I improvised...shower cap and sugar/creamer bag as a tie. It worked! Of course I had my large bottle of water with me too!
An interesting fact I learned was that a certain person used to have property around here and Cathedral Rock was his view. Also, a ride called Big Thunder Mountain was inspired due to this area.
|Named in Walt's honor...|
...A fern fossil in the sandstone rocks...
...and Petroglyphs on the rocks above (look closely, then look at the picture below).
|Western Scrub Jay|
|Black-Chinned Hummingbird (female)...I think!|
|Anna's Hummingbird (male)|
|Hooded Oriole...I think|
After I sat for a bit I really wanted to venture out on my own. There are several trails to hit and if you know me and you read the names of the trails you would easily been able to guess which trail I HAD to do...Eagles Nest Trail. As I started off, I felt very much a part of the west.
|Self-portrait of the day|
|on top of that Red Rock wall|
|House of Apache Fires|
On the park property but not being used.
|That red rock wall as viewed from Coyote Ridge Overlook|
I was at two different look outs and was able to get some beautiful pictures of the named buttes.
|The Seven Soldiers|
After spending the day hiking around I was famished. I stopped at a wonderful locals favorite spot to eat called The Hideaway. One of my guides had recommended it early in my trip and a friend who grew up in AZ near by did as well. I had a sandwich with a spectacular view...
Really, I could have sat here looking at this for the rest of the afternoon!
What did I learn today?
I feel more grounded when I can be out in nature. I was a tad bit nervous as there were signs posted saying THIS IS MOUNTAIN LION COUNTRY and RATTLESNAKES DO LIVE IN THE PARK venturing out on my own. But I know I am a smart person and would not push the envelope if I encountered these creatures.
When I returned to my hotel I went to have a hot stone massage. I was reminded that I crave physical contact. I am missing that in my life right now and although I am strong, I need to be hugged and touched.
Again, I was reminded of my love of learning and that the world is filled with information I do not yet possess.
I know I am a smart person, but there are others who have knowledge to share and I enjoy listening, absorbing and asking questions.
I have a short time left in Sedona before I head to my final adventure and then return home.
Thanks friends, for following along and supporting me.
Love, Lisa :)