(My husband and I on Devil's Bridge at Sedona, AZ)
Last year in Sedona, my husband and I loved our trip so much, we made a pact to return every year to jump start our hiking season. After the holidays you can feel a bit poured out and even discouraged when looking ahead to long, hard winters, but a short trip to the beautiful upper Sonoran desert can, hopefully, be the bridge between seasons that keeps us moving.
Who could have known, when we booked our house, secured in January 2020 for Februrary 2021, that Covid would hit in between? I'm happy I had the foresight to book it way back then, because I know I would not have done it if I hadn't committed to it pre-covid. And I'm so, so, so happy we followed through.
It was the first time we'd flown since Covid, and there were a lot of changes. The airports weren't as busy. The planes were less than half full. Everyone wore masks. They seemed to be a bit cleanlier. All of the airport restaurants we saw were closed. And the flight attendants hand you a little baggy as you board--water, snack, napkin. No frills. I have to say, it was one of the more pleasant flights I've ever had--both ways.
I've dubbed Sedona the perfect Pandemic vacation. You hike the open trails all day, eat at home, and are too exhausted to do anything else. I wear a fitbit, and everyday we were getting 17,000-20,000+ steps and often 120-150 flights of stairs.
I said that I'd bring back what is beautiful--so I won't bore you with photos of us posing "warrior"-style over and over and over.... Well, maybe one....at the end of this post.
Starting with the hikes. We did Doe Mt, Birthing Cave, Faye Trail, Chuck wagon Trail to Devil's Bridge (photo at top), Cathedral, Mystic Trail, Little Horse Trail, Sugar Loaf Mt, Teapot, Thunder Mt Trail, Airport Loop, Airport Vortex, ...and various other little excursions or the same ones twice.The Birthing Cave.
and prickly pear.