Afternoon hike in Sedona

Today (10/13–I’m posting this the next day) was a gorgeous, clear sunny day in Sedona, after yesterday’s clouds and the previous day’s wind. I ventured out for a short hike in the nearby Coconino National Forest. It’s strange for me to think of a “forest” (or even a “nature park” or “natural area”) as being mostly desert, with few trees. For my past 31 years in NW Oregon, whenever I’ve seen a green area on a map, that means tall trees all around! These new landscapes take some mental adjustment for me.

But they are beautiful landscapes.

I arrived at the ranger station of this park, and was disappointed to find no bicycle parking anywhere. Bikes were technically allowed on the trails, but I am not a mountain biker, and my Brompton is not a mountain bike! So I found a railing to lock it up to, and set out on a very rocky path that went through a stream. The scenery was beautiful as always. (Not pictured: juniper trees littering the ground with berries, and a dead snake. I had been afraid of encountering a live snake, but wasn’t expecting the dried body of a deceased one. Such is the desert, I suppose…)

On the way back to my host’s house in Oak Village, I once again marveled at the views of stunning red mountains clearly visible from the highway.

What a magical place.

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