Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Schnebly Hill AKA Sedona

I've been fighting a nasty cold, and trying to get the house in order so we can sell it and make our way downtown. But last weekend I ended up booting it 7,000 feet up a mountain on the old Flagstaff Road in Sedona Arizona in a neon green Hummer with Alex the orthopedic surgeon and Chuck the driver. Chuck was a delight, one of those perpetually affable fellows who can find joy in the simplest things. And Chuck loved me because I clearly loved everything Chuck loves - the orange red sandstone mountains of Sedona. I'm still shaking dust out of my hair and my spine hasn't forgiven me.

This looks like a natural amphitheater. First Nations People have long considered this a sacred site. The guide called the lower rock formations "cow patties" which seems apt.
I think this is around six thousand feet.
This rock formation is called The Carousel. You can see the limestone ring from a old seabed.
This one is called The Congress. If you listen closely, you can hear them babbling.
Gives you an idea how far up we climbed. (In a Hummer, not on foot, people.) You can make out some trucks on the distant highway to give you some perspective.
See that rock in the bottom right corner? I stood on that rock, right at the edge of a very steep drop. Chuck was suitably impressed. The orthopedic surgeon not so much. If you lean over, you can not only see a car wreck far below, but you can make everyone around you suck in their breath at the same time.
The Hummer was quite...bouncy. I think I lost a few fillings. However, it was still quite civilized. A driver in a passing jeep stopped and said, "Have you got any Grey Poupon?"
I had to include this shot. Care to guess who owns this house?
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Famous comedienne.
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Redhead.
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Yup. Lucille Ball lived in this house. And the family still owns it. If you zoom in, you'll see a woman waving on the porch.

2 comments:

Lara said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

BUSH BABE said...

Spectacular!!! Loved this series... is that Lucille's ghost in last pic?
;-)
BB