Sedona, Arizona

Continuing on our road trip across the Southwest, we went about an hour out of our way so that we could witness the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.  We're glad we did.  Although it was only a drive through the town with a quick stop to grab breakfast with a view, it was worth the detour to see this magnificent landscape.  Dad even started researching retirement homes in Sedona.  Maybe it's just the natural beauty or maybe it's the claimed "energy vortex," but there certainly is something alluring about this place.

Grand Canyon

Continuing on our roadtrip across Southwest America, we stopped in Flagstaff, AZ for a few nights and explored the surrounding area.  The most obvious attraction to visit was the Grand Canyon - one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural sights.  Although we only dedicated one day to this Wonder of the World, it would be time well-spent to return and explore it at leisure.

Words cannot do the Grand Canyon justice, nor can my photos, but I do hope they can nudge you to plan a trip for yourself, stand at the rim of magnitude, and allow yourself to be filled with awe.

Petrified Forest National Park

In late August, I road tripped across the desert with my parents and 1-year old boy.  Coming off a spiritual high from time in Albuquerque, New Mexico for The Living School through the Center for Action and Contemplation, a road trip quickly reminded me how far I have to travel on my own inner journey.  But that aside, we packed up the rental car and made our way to California for a family wedding.

We had a week open to explore, so we took it slow and enjoyed the incredible geography of the region.  After sitting through incredible spiritual teachings the week before, the geography of the desert was a welcomed landscape.  Each stop, and even the drives in between, provided plenty of opportunities for wonder and amazement. My mind was stretched each day as I stared at marvels beyond my comprehension.

Our first stop was the Petrified Forest National Park, where the Arizona desert is at its most spectacular.  We drove through the park and stood over the painted desert - a wild expanse of color juxtaposed against the endless blue sky - and we touched stones that used to stand as trees in a tropical forest with the dinosaurs roaming among them.  With wonder as a cherished feeling, this is a place that filled me.