I’ve enjoyed my first year blogging on WordPress. But of course, it’s not really about the blogs themselves, but the numerous experiences and photographs that led me to sharing these to begin with. The American Southwest is Amazing! I hope also that I can inspire just one person to get just get there and just wander someplace – very little happens sitting on the couch. Be Safe and Thank you!
When people from other parts of the country think of Phoenix, Arizona in July, they generally think of the heat.
Yes, it’s hot. But we don’t mind “shoveling sinshine” all year.
Often overlooked, or even unknown, is that we go through a Monsoon Season. Just about about any day, you can get dumped on by a large amount of rain. But it’s a bit like the lottery. It can be pouring in one place and a couple miles away can be bone dry.
But one thing Monsoon Season brings everyone, is we get some of the best sunsets in the world. And this week alone, is a great example. This is one of my favorite reasons for being in Phoenix and more than makes up for the heat. Enjoy!
Had a fantasric hike in Sedona, Arizona yesterday with my wife.
I will say that this moderate+ trail was well worth the effort (and the beat – it soared to 104F). You do have areas where a little “mountain goat” is needed, so plan accordingly. As always, you can never bring enough water. This is a popular trail and it always amazes me to see folks with one little water bottle. There was actually a 911 call for a lost man who wandered off after feeling ill. Altitude and heat are a dangerous combination!
But for the trail itself – fantastic!
Photos speak for themselves
And don’t forget the payoff (this is why you are here):
I was able to have a beautiful little hike with my daughter this weekend. We had never been on the Courthouse Butte Trail, and I have to say it it may have instantly become one of my new “favorites” (I have a lot of “favorites” – no shortage in Arizona!).
I easily took a few dozen photos that were instant “keepers”. You almost cannot take a bad photo in Sedona – and even they still don’t do it justice!
For me this is the perfect “short” hike. Roughly 5 miles, it takes you, ironically, completely around the Courthouse Butte with great views of Bell Rock and the surrounding area. A bonus this time was that the century plants were starting to bloom.
Well worth it, and it might be one the “must” trails to take our visitors when the come to town. Make sure to get there early as the parking will fill up. And don’t forget the water – it is still the desert! Most folks head right to Bell Rock, but save that until the end. Until the next trail…..