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IMG_1599.JPGOn Thursday afternoon, my sweetheart and I left for a weekend in Sedona, Arizona. Everything about the trip was wonderful: our flights went without a hitch (including having to switch on the way home in Atlanta on short turnaround), our rental car was great (and cheap, and easy-peasy), our hotel was excellent - we stayed at the Best Western Plus in Sedona, which has terraces; our room was on the second level, and had a gorgeous view of the hills to the east) - and our meals were terrific, especially the dinner at the Golden Goose Cafe.

IMG_2047.JPGBesides eating and sleeping, we were pretty active over the course of a few days. We took a vortex tour with the Red Rock Jeep company, and had an extremely knowledgeable guide whom we really liked. We hiked up to the top of the airport summit (no small feat for either of us!), and did some tai chi. We hiked up to the foot of Bell Rock, and found three different strong energy sites along the way (where we did tai chi or stood in santi, a tai chi meditative stance). We spent time shopping in Uptown Sedona, and in nearby Jerome (where we had the most excellent sandwiches at the Hilltop Deli).

We visited Amithaba Stupa and Peace Park, too. It had a very peaceful feeling to it. I circled the stupa three times, while focusing on a mantra for peace. Morris preferred to stand off to the side and meditate while in the santi pose.

Here are a few photos:

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Steps leading up the hill to the airport summit.

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On the path toward Bell Rock.

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Morris and me

We really enjoyed everything about the trip, which proved to be everything my sweetheart had hoped it would be - he's been wanting to go there for years, so I set up the trip for him as a birthday present. I rather suspect that we will be going back in the future, since we both loved our time together there so much.

I finished my re-read of Persuasion by Jane Austen while we were traveling (more on that anon), and began a re-read of Pride & Prejudice. We returned home where Kismet the cat reminded me a bit of Mr. Collins. Not that she was obsequious or smarmy or any of those things. It was just her feeling the need to remind us of "the violence of her affection" by flinging herself at our closed bedroom door at obscene hours of the night and morning and making tortured kitty noises. What can I say, except that it is good to be loved.




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robinellen
Jul. 29th, 2015 04:31 am (UTC)
Lovely. :) I'm so glad it was a good trip for you -- and such a great place to visit (we've also hiked around Bell Rock -- and other areas).
kellyrfineman
Aug. 1st, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
I had been there twice before, but Morris had wanted to go for years - it made for the perfect birthday trip!
soulfully
Jul. 29th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
I grew up in AZ! The Sedona area is so beautiful. Jerome is a cute place with some nice little shops. I've never shopped in Sedona. We usually just drove through, or pulled over to take pictures. =) The next time I'm out there I need to make a trip back to those places. And do some shopping in Sedona! =) I'm so happy you had a great trip.

Aww, Kismet. She missed you! =)
kellyrfineman
Aug. 1st, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
Kismet is a piece of work, and we love her.

And Jerome had awesome shopping (and sandwiches at the Hilltop Deli), and the shopping in town in Sedona was fun, too. Not that we got gobs of things, but still . . . it was fun poking around!
TS Davis
Jul. 29th, 2015 12:46 pm (UTC)
All the terracotta and blue shades...
...look lovely. Looks very peaceful and I'll bet all that chaparral smelled divine. While Scotland has been green and lovely, I'll be glad to see more blue skies next week!
kellyrfineman
Aug. 1st, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: All the terracotta and blue shades...
It was totally peaceful, and the entire area is full of really positive energy. Hope you are enjoying blue skies again, though in truth, it's hard to beat puffins!
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kellyrfineman
Aug. 1st, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
It was an excellent time!
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