Well, the Christmas part of the Holidays is over, and now it is time to get ready for 2013. One of the best ways to say goodbye to the current year, and prepare for 2013 is to head out to Arizona, and a short stay in both Sedona and Scottsdale. The weather is usually much better than here in the Bay Area, and there are plenty of things to do.
What to do in Sedona? Hike, of course. Or bike. Ride the pink jeeps. Get a new age massage. Converge harmonically without a harmonica. Relax. Shop. Eat. I need a break from the cold and rain.
Devil’s Bridge Trail
Or stalk famous people. Many live or have lived here. These include Deborah Walley, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, Donald O’Connor, Israel Regardie, Mary Wills, Sean Young, Jack Fry, Lois Moran, James Gregory, Orson Welles, Max Ernst, Joe Beeler, Sharon Stone, Glenn Scarpelli, Robert Shields, Ted Danson, Gerard Maguire, United States Senator John McCain, Diane Ladd, Michelle Branch, Eric Byrnes, Al Pacino, Justin Frankel, Samaire Armstrong, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Russell and Stanley Jordan. Among the newcomers are Nick Cage, Johnny Depp, and Oprah Winfrey. (I do not even know who some of these people are or why they are famous)
I really do not care if any of those people live in Sedona. I just enjoy Sedona for its quirky vibe and strange beliefs. We all need a few moments in life where you just go with the flow. And the flow here is definitely with the vortexes and harmonic convergence. But it is fun to walk along the main drag and look at all the junk for sale. They sell plenty of Native American and cowboy stuff. And there must be a jewelry store every 50 to 100 feet along the main street. Who buys this stuff? Several pretty good restaurants keep us well nourished, as far as the physical side of the equation goes. It cannot be all mental, since the body needs nourishment and comfort, as in a new age massage. Maybe I will have my palm or foot read by a psychic? Or rent a bicycle and go for a ride into the red rock canyons of my mind.
On the far right, you must admit, it looks like a coffee pot!!!
Among the good places to eat are the Mago Cafe (amid rumors of its demise), the Coffee Pot Restaurant (good for breakfast), the Barking Frog Grill (my personal dinner favorite), and the Red Planet Diner (weird and spacey). This town is not cheap, and really capitalizes on the tourist trade. But it has a weird and almost magical vibe. Love the red rocks, especially the Coffee Pot and Snoopy/Lucy rock formations. You will just have to tag along and see. Please do not assume these will be “normal” emails.