|Difficult to discern the Devil's Bridge, but the |
evergreens in "foreground" are actually behind us.
As we left the Painted Desert and headed for Flagstaff, AZ
the San Francisco Peaks
loomed in the distance with snow-topped mounts. The
entry was gradual but we began to feel more comfortable in our surroundings.
Streetlights, strip malls and landscaping made us feel right at home. The
cement sidewalks and groomed settings make me wonder who is really taking
better care of Our World? Perhaps those forced to reuse and repurpose due to
poverty-driven scarcity actually produce less waste.
During our first full day at
Sedona, we decided to take a hike. We like to hike and also take pleasure in requiring our
kids to join us kicking and screaming the whole way. After scrutiny of what challenges we
enjoy in a hike and what our kids can realistically handle, we settled on
. This is a 1.8-mile hike round trip; to a natural stone arch
with 400-foot elevation change. This is
normally a little short for our liking; however, due to the fact that we had a
minivan, we were unable to drive-up the 4WD road access to the trailhead. (Believe me, we tried!) This dropped us off 2
miles from the starting point. We now had a fairly flat, additional 4 miles round trip hike.
|Sinagua Indian Ruins (Ancestral Puebloan)|
The bridge itself is large enough
to walk out onto and the view of the surrounding bluffs colorfully remarkable.
The other convenient feature is that to get under the arch is only an
additional 0.25 miles. This trail is really a perfect family hike with a one +
for difficulty; and if you have a stupid minivan you actually get a decent
workout, too. (Dirt-Diva card is so revoked driving that thing.)
Our next day was filled with the
joys of ATV’ing. We strapped our brood into a 5-seater Tomcar
, a cargo-style ATV
designed and built by the Israeli military. It was a
little wet and cold but nothing a Colorado Girl can’t handle. (Dirt-Diva reestablished!) At the end of our muddy, splashy, red-dirt
stained bash-about were archeological ruins and petroglyphs. The Palatki Ruins
(d. 1100-1300) and the 6000-year-old rock art easily accessible by foot (approx. 3/4 mile loop). Two different
groups of people lived in this area at different eras, as well as a more modern-day hermit until
the USDA Forest Service took it over as a Heritage Site.
Sinagua Indians and Charles Willard have all called this place home. One warning: when you get to the site, first go left, explore, then go right and the trail will loop
back to the trailhead. Otherwise, you will do like the Wrong-Way Wood’s and
miss half of it and then have to huff-it back to see the second-story red-clay building and the rock art. Which, due to the cloudy weather, was fairly difficult to see
but not impossible. Also, a four-wheeling tip: if you have hip, knee or back
issues and are not driving, hold a water bottle or other object
between your knees during the foray. This “turns-on” your inner thigh muscles
and creates a higher level of stability against the bouncing.
|Pano Under Devil's Bridge|
we did not have time to experience a Vortex
or any of the multiple yoga
studios in Sedona, AZ
. So, I guess we will have to return, perhaps for a Myofascial Release
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