In Sedona, we hike every day. This year four out of the five hikes were short ones, about two miles. Art had his knee replaced last summer and he is still practicing. Actually, he sometimes overdoes and then has a setback, so he's trying to be careful. Today we did my favorite hike, Cathedral Butte, which is over four miles with some elevation. I am gratified to note that the exercise I got in Tucson - water aerobics three times a week, line dancing at least once a week, and two-step dancing once a week, plus a couple of miles of walking each day around the resort - has increased my fitness level. I had plenty of energy for the hikes with minimal soreness afterwards. So cool!
I love taking pictures in Sedona, even though most of them look the same as the ones I've taken on previous trips. Here are a few examples from this year.
We had a cool experience on the trail yesterday. We were hiking in a wilderness area when we heard the sound of a Native American flute drifting across a valley. For 15 minutes we listened as we walked. Then we saw the musician. Art recently bought a new camera for our upcoming trip to Kenya, and it has a telescopic lens. Here's what he saw.
Note the musician sitting on top.
And the listeners below him.
Tomorrow morning we drive to Las Vegas. We'll spend two nights there with friends. Subsequent nights will be in Bishop (in a mom-and-pop motel after a visit to Manzanar), Napa (two nights in a timeshare), Eureka (in a B&B), Roseburg (staying with a friend while I visit my granddaughters), and home.
By tomorrow morning, I'll be ready.