A whirlwind Christmas trip to the snowbird home of Mom and Doug included a drive up to Sedona. Up to the red rock country that was homeland of the Apache and Yavapai until 1876 when those vanquished peoples were force marched, mid-winter over 180 miles of desert country. Hundreds died.
But the vivid strata delineated on the sandstone cliffs provide evidence that even the first humans, those who came to hunt the mammoths and camels and the giant sloths some 15000 years ago, were but johnny-come-latelys.
Some hold that this country is a center for vortices of spiritual energy revealed in the way the juniper trees reach up from the dry earth. Creosote, mesquite, and broom speckle the desert floor where black bear, cotton-tail rabbits, and even the vanishing mountain lions still roam.
|The sights we have seen, together...|