Mid-summer Rejuvenation!

Courthouse Buttes
Courthouse Buttes

Hello and welcome!

Just getting back from a very picturesque stay in Sedona, Arizona, beating the heat of the desert floor, and enjoying some long-awaited rest and relaxation.

The Sedona Hilton had a great suite and the Courthouse Buttes above (named for the Romanesque pillars no doubt) was one of our views – the other being the famous Bell Rock below.

Bell Rock
Bell Rock

In the evening, as the sun goes down, the three pillars on the top of Bell Rock become more defined in their lengthening shadows.  We couldn’t take our eyes away as the center pillar began to resemble the face of an older Indian man.  Hmmm, I wondered.  Perhaps it is a Sinagua warrior — standing in silence and ever-vigilant — over his beautiful native land.

Chapel of the Holy Cross
Chapel of the Holy Cross

We also took time to visit the most spiritually-beautiful place I’ve ever been — the Chapel of the Holy Cross amazingly etched into its perch as if it had always been a part of the natural landscape.  In fact, it was constructed in 18 months at a cost of $300,000 and opened in 1956.  It was an inspiration from a local rancher/sculptor, Marguerite Brunswig Staude.  Below are some images from inside the Chapel.

Tapestry
Tapestry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altar
Altar
Votive Stand of Prayer Candles
Votive Stand of Prayer Candles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing outside of the Chapel and looking down from the red rocks, one couldn’t help but notice some of the opulence nestled in and around Sedona.  Take a look at this, complete with its own pond:

Just A Little Bungalow
Just A Little Bungalow

And a view out over Sedona:

 

View from Chapel of Holy Cross
View from Chapel of Holy Cross

 

 

 

 

 

We moved on to one of my favorite places — Tlaquepaque!  (It’s easier than it looks — Ta – La- Kee – Pa – Kee.)

Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque

 

Isn’t this sculpture striking in its simplicity?

Indian Woman With Water Jug
Indian Woman With Water Jug

And if you’re looking for a special something in jewelry, don’t miss visiting Vue (a Renee Taylor Gallery).  She has beautiful merchandise and lovely sculptures in the gardens outside, like the one below:

Green Glass and Copper
Green Glass and Copper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, too soon, it was time to go ……

Sunset in Sedona (July 2015)
Sunset in Sedona (July 2015)

Goodnight Sinagua …..

The Quest for a Memorable Vacation

And so it has begun …. the quest for another knock-out, OMG, one-of-a-kind vacation.  My husband and I went to Tahiti and Bora Bora in 2012 and we’re forever changed.  We saw some of the most beautiful scenes imaginable, swam with the sharks and the stingrays, visited the [rescue] turtle sanctuary, drank heartily at the Miki Miki Bar (my friends were shocked <wink> <wink>), and relaxed more than we ever had.

Now the lure of all of those memories are nudging us to look around for another out-of-the-ballpark experience.  Our little laser pointer as swept back and forth from the Caribbean to the South Pacific.  Where it will land, no one knows.

Pacific Beach and My Husband, the Photographer
Pacific Beach and My Husband, the Photographer

Glocks

Desert in Bloom
Desert in Bloom

A good day of shooting yesterday with Tom & Ferne.  We gave a couple of revolvers a turn, then really worked out our Glocks 17, 26 and my personal favorite — the 42!  Sweet weapon!  The desert setting was balmy and the view of Four Peaks was nothing short of majestic.

The picture above is one of my favorites showing the simplistic beauty of the desert in spring.

Wish you were all here …..