I Left My Heart in Sedona


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Red rocks of Sedona - red orange rock formation

Sedona, Arizona is amazing. Breathtaking. Utterly majestic and magical.

Full of mysterious magic that lures you into the arid desert, heeding the siren call of the red rocks that beckon you to wander into the mystical forever of those iron-dense hills until all that’s left of you is your sun bleached bones that some poor hiker finds in 2 years. And they think oh, that’s what happened to Magpie.

Or you could just take a Jeep tour, like we did.

taking a Jeep tour

When our buddies Phil and Robyn Wilson came out from Edmonton to visit us a few weeks ago, Sedona was on their must-do list. Which was a short list really. consisting of :

  • Sit on our deck and drink in the sun
  • Jeep Tour in Sedona
  • Eat some Phoenix Food
  • And do some more deck sitting/drinking

I am happy to confirm that as hostess-with-the-mostest we manged to cross everything off of their list.

group picture with red rocks on their background

Sedona is one incredible place. While theories abound of UFO’s, mystical properties and magic, there truly is something that pulls you closer. I’m not sure if it’s simply the sheer beauty of the location or if it is the real magnetic properties that are there, but I’m sad that I only had one day. dry tree with view of red rocks formation

The jeep tour took us into Dry Creek Basin to see the historic Van Derin cabin, on its original homestead. The land was ranched by only one family until the land could no longer sustain cattle anymore.

View of Dry Creek Basin

It’s so remote, so hot, dry, barren and they were the only family out there, for miles and miles of desert.I can’t imagine forging a life out here. The house was considered pretty fancy for the times, with two sections to it and a space between.

I looked at all the cracks in the house and freaked out thinking of all those creepy crawlies, snakes and more. Shudder.

talking in front of the old house

There IS rain in the desert and you could see pools of it around the creek area. Gorgeous, earthy, rocky areas that are so unlike areas back at home in Alberta that I just can’t help but be amazed by it.

pools around the creek area

Breathtaking, mystical and most certainly echoing with a siren call that explorers & adventurers have never been able to resist.

clear and beautiful view of red rock formation

We had such an excellent day that I can’t wait to go back. I might even be convinced to do a helicopter tour of the area since it is one of the most spetacularly beautiful places that I have ever visited. Yes, me, the girl who is afraid of heights.

Let’s remember that *might* was the operative word there. I’m thinking about it. While we don’t have time this trip to Arizona to visit again (and this time take the kids with us) I am putting Sedona on my list of somewhere I want to go back and spend 3 or 4 days exploring the area. I barely even saw the town but of course, found the requiste touristy fudge shop! No surprise there.

Have you been to Sedona? What did you think?



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  1. Tina Kreuer says

    Enjoy!! Sedona has a special place in my heart!!

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