Last weekend I took a fantastic trip to the weird combination of new age and southwest that is Sedona, Arizona. I hadn’t been there for more than 10 years, and it was almost the same as I remembered. On the last trip, I had my aura photographed (turns out I’m blue, green and yellow). This trip I had a 15 minutes $40 psychic reading at the Center for the New Age, which helped me understand my intrinsic, esoteric soul’s purpose as a master visionary on the planet… Oh yes, it was worth it. 🙂 I also encountered some aura adjusting chairs which appeared to be fashioned out of old beauty salon hair dryers – the tagline? “Discover the outer reaches of Uranus!!” hmmm….
But Sedona is more than crystals, psychics and auras. It’s also an amazingly beautiful natural setting, with rocks redder than you’ve ever seen, canyon roads with overhanging yellow leaves, and American Indian ruins all around. Taking a jeep tour is a must if you want to see some of the most arresting views in the world. We opted for a Pink Jeep Tour and it didn’t disappoint.
Sedona is famous for it’s “vortexes” – areas of the red rocks where people claim to feel energy radiating from the earth. We visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a church which is built on a vortex and offers amazing views and gorgeous architecture. It doesn’t matter what your religious convictions are, the feelings of hope and inspiration are undeniable. I lit a candle for the person that took me there more than 10 years ago on my first trip to the area.
We also took a day trip to Jerome, Arizona – one of the most haunted towns in the country. Oh, the rare weird gems we found there. But that’s for another post…