Monday, December 14, 2009

A Quick Recharge

Sometimes, a fella needs to get the hell out of Dodge. And sometimes, the fella doesn't know it. Fortunately, the universe occasionally provides when we've been oblivious to our own needs.

Lady Luck and I had a fantastic opportunity to enjoy free lodging in Sedona this weekend.

Sedona is a strange place. The natural beauty is staggering. I have yet to see a photograph that does justice to the land. Every where you turn is another awe-inspiring view. Compared to Sedona, the Grand Canyon is let down.

But with all that natural beauty is a whole lot of "natural" capitalism. I have nothing against commerce, but Sedona the town is one hell of a tourist trap. If you want to buy expensive candles, magical healing supplies, or a spiritual experience, well, they can all be had at a special price just for you!

Sedona isn't about that stuff. It's not about the "spiritual" stuff either. I hate to break it to you, but Vortex Tours were invented by hippies to make a buck off tourists with sparkly eyes and bulging wallets. Those hippies were on to something, all the same. Hike a mile or two into the wilderness and you will start to feel energized and euphoric.

That's because exercise is good for you, and Sedona is a spectacular place to get that exercise. It's so great, you might not even notice the exercise part.

It's really easy to get wrapped up in the day to day grind work and other work. You might forget that you want to go outside and play. You need to get outside and play.

So? Go play.


irondad said...

So when did they build that cool mountain and stream?

Glad you and Lady Luck got a chance to recharge. I always know when I need to go play. The number of people flipping me off drastically increases.

Doug K. said...

I've given up on the city of Sedona. It's like Tijuana for rich people now.

I found a couple of years ago that if you go north some miles, nearly to Flagstaff, head into the Nat'l Forest, follow the right semi-decent dirt roads, you can see the Sedona area in all it's beauty with the "civilized" parts almost invisible.

I'd much rather go hang out in Bisbee, Globe/Miami or somewhere else that is still trying to turn into Sedona but is 40 years behind.

Glad you had a chance to escape the Phx metro area though. Kind of like pushing the reset button on the brain.

motoroz said...

Never been Sedona but, sounds great. I like the photo.

You are right about sometimes a guys just needs to get away. A good quick road trip does so much for mental health.

I hope you don't mind, but I linked to your blog from my blog.

mq01 said...

im hoping to follow your advice today, thanks!! im going riding... :)

Gary France said...

Having never been to Sedona, I have heard a lot about it and especially the surrounding hills etc. It is included in my tour of the USA that is taking place later this year, so I hope that I do get to like it.

I will however try to stay away from the tourist traps, including those offering karma from the rocks. I get my karma from being on my Road-King.