At Boynton Canyon

Sedona is a colorful place. Its earth is red, the sky is blue, and the trees are a dark shade of green. During the sunset, the sky is a riot of orange. How can you not fall in love with Sedona? Especially when you are there only for a day and half.

We drove in from Grand Canyon to Sedona, through some winding roads, from a land of snow to a land of lush green, and beautiful, blinding red. As you come down the mountains into a gorge, and then the hills open up to reveal Sedona, it literally takes your breath away. Its a jewel of a town, tucked into a Red Rock bowl.

We arrived when the sun was setting. Its perhaps the most beautiful time to be in Sedona. The western sky was catching fire. From our vantage point on Airport Mesa, we saw one of the most memorable sunsets.

At the Airport Mesa, we got to know about the 'Vortex' that Sedona is famous for. I quote from Sedona Tourism Guide: "Sedona is also internationally known for the uplifting power of its Vortex meditation sites. Two aspects of those sites make Sedona truly special. First, within a very small geographical radius you can easily access all the different types of vortexes (upflow/masculine/electric, inflow/feminine/magnetic, or combination/electromagnetic, etc.) Second, the Vortex sites are interwoven with the real world of a growing city. As a result, seekers have experiences in how to live their spirituality as they go through their daily lives. Rather than having to escape from civilization to find peace, visitors discover that Sedona's splendor gives them insights for how to create an inner harmony they can maintain once at home." This theory was explained to us in all detail by Alice, whom we met on the Airport Mesa, as we were waiting for the sunset, along with a large number of people. It was an interesting exchange, us being mostly the listeners of this eclectic theory. Along with the Unified Vortex Theory, we got to know about the celebrities (such as Sharon Stone) who have made Sedona their home in search of the New Age salvation.

The vortices are believed to be strong in many places around the city of Sedona. We were told specifically of two places to visit. Boynton Canyon, to the north, and Bell Rock, to the south. So the next day, we left in the morning for Boynton Canyon. Glad we did. It turned out to be a beautiful place, definitely a place to be if ever you are sucked into a vortex. We found two hills, one representing the masculine and the other the feminine vortex. The view from there was astounding. Reminded me of the old Western movies I have seen; and for good reason, apparently hundreds of Westerns have been shot around Sedona.

Next on our way was Bell Rock. This Bell-shaped rock is to the south of Sedona, near the village of Oak Creek. Its right by the highway, but you can get to it via a trail. Bell Rock is considered to the seat of one of the most powerful vortices. Spirituality, even if in a commercial way, was everywhere. At the parking lot, you could buy copies of "Bhagavad Gita" and other Hindu spiritual scriptures.

We took a leisurely walk down the trail to the hill, and R did a bit of rock climbing. But, by then, the delicious 'Chicken Mole' we had for lunch in Casa Bonita in downtown Sedona was working its magic on us ... so no one was particularly interested in hiking to the top of the Bell Rock. If we did, may be we would have known what it means to be at the center of a vortex. But for now, I will keep that for another visit to Sedona.

Thats one thing I am certain of: we are going back.

At the Bell Rock
At the Bell Rock