Thursday, December 17, 2009

Time to hit the road again

It's nearly evening in this land of glowing red rocks. Zory and I are enjoying cocktail hour complete with hors d'oeuvres. OK, I lied. I'M enjoying cocktail hour. Zory is hiding under the bed. Had a wonderful day hiking and taking hilarious pictures and being in awe of this area of Sedona. Last night I was trying to figure out how to make a living here because this is an absolutely astounding area. Blasts of energy swirl around in the oddest places. The sunshine is healing. The red rocks of Sedona are filled with other worldly presence. I am so glad we came.

But as of this afternoon, I know this is not the place for me to live. Come to heal and hike and learning? Absolutely. Put up with the windy roads and construction and round abouts? Nah. The homes on the hills do not blend in with the landscape no matter what the building codes. Color and curved buildings do not make landscape art.

So off Zory and I will go tomorrow. That is IF I can get her out from under the bed. She has been there almost constantly since we arrived in Sedona yesterday. Verrry odd! She has been terrific up till this. Even sitting eagerly on the edge of the bed when I'm packing each morning. But here, she's not happy. Sigh!!! I thought she'd be as goofy about the place as I am but no. I'll let Zory have her own sensibilities about life as she does for me.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Next stop: Sedona AZ

Zory and I slipped out of Santa Fe this morning in the chill early air. Arrived in Flagstaff this afternoon to more snow than I've seen so far this year. It's piled high in the parking lot and consequently, cold air abounds. Wishing I had Zory's coat!

She continues to be a great traveler. She sat for a while in the rear window today but for the most part snoozed happily in the back seat. Which left a lot of quiet time for me to ponder the wide open spaces between the impressive rock formations. Mesas are awesome. Blue skies are what my spirits needed and I've got that in spades in this part of the world.

But now what? Tomorrow will tell. On to Sedona, home of super vortexes and energy powerfully present. Will be interesting to see how Zory reacts to the region. She was visably moved as we drove through the red rock mesas south of Roswell. She is an amazing creature. So glad she's along to share this experience. Wish you were all here too. Such beautiful country.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Time Warp

Hey! Where did the week go? I've lost days in the heart of New Mexico. It is BEaUtiful here. Everywhere. Zory and I have driven through some of the most compelling sites. Even though I live on the Plains where there are plenty of wide open spaces, there is nothing to compare to mesas and mountains and clear high altitude air to help one realize the insignificance of Self and the awesome power of Mother Nature.

So here we are in gorgeous New Mexico. Santa Fe to be precise. We've treated ourselves to a cool B & B just off the Plaza. Besides the cozy Santa Fe decor, we have a fireplace. Zory is snoozing contentedly as I watch my fav Sunday morning shows and sip coffee. Yes, my Green Mountain. Having the Holiday Blend today. Wish you were all here to share.

Having lunch with high school friend Susie and then a bit of a walk-about of the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Even though some more snow is in the offing, it's fairly balmy at 40 degrees right now. Probably heading out tomorrow for Sedona but will wait to see what Mother Nature dumps on the region today.
For the past week Zory and I have simply been traveling. We've driven through timeless beauty and pondered our lives. Much pondering. Little resolution other than to acknowledge that no matter how beautiful the area, I am still pulled to ocean and warm breezes. However, Santa Fe, with its rich history, arts and sense of community has moved right up there with Anna Maria Island as possible future home of Zory and Macy.
I realized that although there is definitely winter here, I am not feeling the arthritic aches of the humid cold of KC. The altitude and dryness take some getting used to but think it may be worth the effort.
None-the-less, I've still got more traveling in me. Sedona is next up and then, who knows? I need to get my feet on some sand soon.