I was ready for a change… a new relationship, a fulfilling work environment, a total change of perspective…
Finishing up a stressful weekend job in Phoenix, I flipped through a “Do Not Remove” hardbound book, tucked in the bedside table of the upscale resort.
Realizing Sedona was just a short 2 ¼ hour car ride away, I changed flights and took 2 days off from my week day gig, and headed north through the most amazing Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) lined desert highway.
Talk about instant change of scenery! I am The Happy Wanderer!
Immediately the stress of dealing with unreasonable, rude clients dissolved as the unexpected startling positions of the delightful Saguaros waved me onward—smearing a nonstop smile crossed my face.
Ahhh… Sedona. The soothing southwest—Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock State Park, Slide Rock Falls, vortexes, Indian Jewelry—fresh dry air!
What a difference a mere 24 hours makes…
I felt free—light as an eagle’s feather—headed through town—out to the mystical afternoon light playing off the canyons and falls.
Found a café for a leisurely nosh for the soul—alfresco—in the dry air breezes—setting sun set spewing pure visual bliss—crisp white wine to toast the winds of change and me!
The next morning, hunted for a free spirited coffee kiosk for a cup ‘o joe, cream & sugar to go and a whiff of Patchouli. The perfect place to inquire about the closest vortex. This was the mid 90’s – no smart phones, or internet and vortex hunting might get a raised eyebrow.
“Just up the road, around the canyon, off to the right,” the tie-dyed head banded waiter said, as he handed me my hot courage, winking as I left an ample tip. I was off—headed to the Airport Vortex for a short hike.
Overlooking beautiful Sedona—sagebrush permeating the breeze—the sounds of heavy equipment of major construction in the distance, a huge dust cloud as the earth gripped in steel teeth, and moved into a heap. Then BEEEP, BEEEP,BEEEP, as the mammoth equipment backed it’s load and began the gnawing into the earth again—BEEEP, BEEEP,BEEEP—for the future tourists seeking the environment and solstice for the soul—broke the peace of mind I had imagined.
Well, I was here, in the NOW and the clock was ticking to get back to Phoenix to catch my afternoon flight.
I offered up myself—opened to change in the air—never dreaming what the winds of change would blow into my life over the next three days… turning desert into oasis… and fortune for the Happy Wanderer… stay tuned.
Enjoy – living the EntwinedLife
NC Certified Environmental Educator