Sedona, Arizona – Enjoy The Beauty of Orange Red Rocks!

Here are only a few tidbits about Sedona, a small town (around 11 thousand people) in Arizona and one of the most visited natural attractions in the USA. The reason is sandstone formations of spectacular red color which got the name after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877-1950). We collected several beautiful photos of Sedona Rocks from Pixabay.com, all Public Domain, to give you a hint of the awesome landscape, the main reason for all tourism facilities.

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Geography and Geology

Sedona lies at an elevation of 4500 feet in the Upper Sonoran Desert. Sonoran Desert is a large desert (approx. 100 thousand square miles) covering parts of California and Arizona in the USA and Baja California, Baja California Sura, and Sonora in Mexico. It is also the hottest desert in Mexico.

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The City of Sedona was funded in 1902 but officially became a city only in 1988. It lies 110 miles north of Phoenix and almost 500 miles east of Los Angeles. While it’s Sedona Rocks count as one of the major natural attractions, we should mention one even bigger in the ‘neighborhood’: Grand Canyon is located just above 100 miles to the north.

Famous Sedona canyon walls consist of six layers of sandstone, two layers of limestone and a layer of basalt on the top. Layers were formed by mud deposits and the wind blows. The upper level made from basalt stone is a result of several volcanic eruptions taking place between 6 and 15 million years ago. The major component of Sedona Red Rocks is Schnebly Hill Formation, made of wind-blown quartz grains, stained by hematite (iron oxide, with the same chemical structure as rust), thus of distinctive red color.

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Sedona is positioned on the so-called Colorado Plateau, which, thanks to pressures from North American and Pacific geological plates, is rising around one inch per century. One of the effects of this constant uplifting is exposure of sediments, created hundreds of millions of years ago. You can see different layers in different colors with fascinating red as a dominant tone, just like a picture book of geological history.

Part of Sedona Red Rock was under the ocean many millions of years ago and we can still find numerous fossils to witness the old history of the Sedona area. The oldest (and lowest) layer is named Redwall Limestone, was formed more than 300 million years ago and contain fossiless of trilobites. This stratum is of dark brownish color.

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Sedona’s climate is temperate with an average 57 F in January (coldest month) and 97 F in July (warmest month). On average less than 20 inch of rain falls per year. With more than 300 sunny days per year, it has more sun than Florida.

There are more national parks and monuments in Arizona than in any other state of USA. Sedona is located close to most of them!

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Short History

First settlers in the area of Sedona came there at least 7 thousand years ago. They were hunters and gatherers. First farmers were members of a Hohokam culture around 300 BC. They already used canals for irrigation, but abandoned the area around 1000 AD. Sinagua Indians dominated for next few hundred years. Apache and Yavapai Indians were next and first Europeans came in 1583.

After gold and silver diggers first farmers and ranchers settled in the area and in 1902 the settlement got its first post office. It had 55 residents and was named after the wife of the postmaster: Sedona. Development was slow until the 1940s and 1950 when several western movies used the spectacular scenery of the area. John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Rock Hudson and Robert De Niro all stared there.

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Did you know?

The name Sedona is made out. Amanda Miller, the mother of Sedona Arabella, coined it ‘because it sounded pretty’. It is a relatively unique name in the USA, but quite popular in Arizona (among top 1.000 baby names for girls).

Sedona Rocks are so popular, a specific tone of orange-red got a name after it. Several tones, actually. Just like there is no definite hue of red among Sedona rocks, there is no consent among paint producers who added prefix Sedona to several orange-red and brown-red colors:

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credit: http://drawingblog.mycoloringland.com/red-shades/

Sedona has the first McDonalds in the world where the signature arches are not golden but colored in pastel green. The reason is the background of the area, where too many new facilities started to ruin the beauty of the view.

More than four million people visit the area of Sedona every year. Apart from ordinary tourists, there are thousands of artists, campers, hikers, mountain bikers and people who search for spiritual enlightenment. The so-called New-Agers found several energy-charged places in the area (vortexes – points where the energy of the Eart is focused) what somehow directed the development towards high-end tourism.

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Some of the more popular attractions in the area are The Chapel, Slide Rock and Sedona Heritage Museum with hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Will you become one of them?

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Niagara Falls by Night

As you may probably notice, I am, among other things,  fascinated with everything related to water.

Some fun facts about Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls (smallest) and the Horseshoe Falls (largest). It is a product of ice age and it is about 12 thousand years old. It is estimated it took only few weeks for the formation. As every fall it moves backwards thanks to erosion. With about five kilometers in 12 thousand years it is one of the fastest moving waterfalls in the world.

It’s height is about 54 m (21 m effectively due to loose rocks in the river base) with flow of 3000 tons per second on average. Almost 20 percent of world’s fresh water (it is largest system of fresh water on the Earth’s surface) is stored in the Great Lakes and about 80 percent of it is flown over Niagara Falls. This mass of water falling downwards produces noise of 95 decibels what can be compared with a noise by a rock concert.

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Flow varies. It is also partially regulated by authorities and is greatest during summer months. Large percentage of this power is used by hydro electric power stations. This is the place from where first alternate current was transferred on long distance (in 1896). In the winter Niagara Falls can freeze and form so called ice bridge which can be several miles long and more than 20 m thick.

Niagara Falls attracts about 12 million tourists from all over the world. It also attracts many adventurers and stunts. Many tried to go over in a barrel or similar ‘equipment’. Some survived and some not. There were also several tightrope acts performed across the river including the longest walk without support in 2012. Apart from the falls the area offers wineries, restaurants, hotels, casinos and a convention center, golf course, shopping malls…

All in all… It’s a spectacular place to visit and they say in we have only about to to fifty thousand years before it disappears!

I can smell snow!

Yes, it is coming. Winter is almost here, winds are blowing, it is time for jackets, hats, scarves and other necessities…

I can already smell snow.

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When it is cold, I prefer staying inside, drinking hot tea (sometimes with a sip of rum inside, don’t tell my wife), reading a good book or watching a movie, surrounded with comfortable pillows. While I like to see a beautiful snowy landscape, I prefer to experience it through the (closed and well insulated) window.

Hot days are more appropriate for me.

What about you? What kind of like winter activities do you prefer? Building an igloo or snowman? Good old snow fight? Skiing, sledding, skating? Catching snow flakes with a tip of your tongue?

Winter can be beautiful but as far as I am concerned, long sunny days suit me better. If you are a bit more active, please, make a snow angel for me too:)

Water: life, purification, truth

Water always fascinated me. I am sure I am not alone in this. Just check the photo below and you’ll know what I mean!

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Yes, water is really special. It is symbol of life, what can’t be surprising. We can’t imagine life without water, right? It is also symbol of purity. Many religions incorporated water in their rituals and in a way we can really say we are never the same when we leave the water then we were before we entered it.

Water is also symbol of truth. It is clear, transparent and it reflects everything in vicinity. It is fascinating when we look at it because it can look so calm and so dangerous at the same time. It is highly flexible, can reach the unreachable places, soft and patient but can demonstrate extremely devastating power.

Love it or hate it, you really can’t do without it. I can watch at a stream or the ocean for hours and having great time. What about you?

On Vacation or Holidays: This is the Question!

It has been a while since I posted here, time is flying and we are not getting younger… The good news? Sun is still shining, wind is still blowing and the ocean is still wide open:

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Sailing is very similar to flying

Some people say riding a motorcycle is the closest experience to flying a man can get without wings.  Maybe. But what is sailing?

I think it is pretty close or maybe even better. Think about open space. Sky above and sea all around. How much better can it be? Of course you need a company. Most things are even better if they are shared with somebody (just make sure you share at least two bottles of drink!) and sailing I no exception. Safety should be considered too (like most of other things done in pairs…)!

I’m back and kickin’, this blog is still alive and I hope we’ll share a lot of beautiful things in future. I don’t know if you prefer vacations or holidays, but wish you have somebody to share them with.

Cheers!

What to do on a hot day?

I know, I know, not so long ago I was complaining about winter persisting way too long and when spring finally arrived (with sun, flowers and allergies), it was only a matter of time to find another reason to make some new complaints.

Well – it is too hot already!

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Not too hot for me. Yet…

It is a part of the human nature not being satisfied. Ever. It keeps us going I guess. Weather and politics will always give us enough reasons to complain and to find guilt for whatever we want somewhere else.

But on the other a hot day is a perfect excuse to not do anything at all without feeling guilty.

Or we can do something we should do anyway but we didn’t because we were doing something more important (just not remembering what exactly).

So what to do on a hot day?

– Call an old friend and arrange nice meeting. With a beer maybe. Or a nice Mojito, if you prefer something more exotic. Maybe even more Mojitos

– Relax. Grab a book and read a good story. Life is full of great stories, fiction, non-fiction, it doesn’t matter, as long they inspire and make the read a better person. We all can use some kind of improvement, I suppose.

– Change location. Explore something new or visit a place with great memories. Life is all about changes and memories and finding a balance between old and new.

What do you say?

What will you do on a hot day?

Spring is here!

O.k., I admit, I am lying. It seems spring is really here but winter still persist in our country. Weatherman just said it is not over yet. We expect another delivery of snow and cold, so I had to check for some spring images on Pixabay…

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Early flowers, first sign of spring

Aren’t they beautiful?

They look so delicate but they are actually very tough fighters to come out through so cold and hard soil and fight for sparse rays to get some light and warmth…

They are the winners, don’t you think so? I was trying to find some nice photos of snowdrops or primroses at first, but comparing there pale white or yellow colors with this rich purple, I finally decided for more lively color.

Soon life will burst everywhere around and after a while we’ll try to steal some time and have a beer or two with friends. Nothing better than a chat with a friends in a garden with a glass of nice drink, right?

Hope you’ll get your dose of spring optimism too… Take care!