“That was the thing about the world:
It wasn’t that things were harder
Than you thought they
Were going to be,
It was that they were hard
In ways that you didn’t expect.”
― Lev Grossman,
The weather could not be more perfect in the Verde Valley, so we are out the door this weekend to explore one of the many ‘new to us’ trails in the Sedona area. While we were living somewhere else, mountain biking got really popular in Sedona, as well as an increase in people hiking at all levels of ability.
We were surprised to share Mescal Trail with lots of fellow hikers and bikers, many of which are in the midst of their metaphysical Red Rock Sedona Weekend Transformational Experience, and want/need to chat about it. This hike really does have some spectacular views and vistas and catching a dose of Red Rock Fever while out and about on Mescal is understandable. I envision USFS ‘Social Engagement in Progress’ signage soon.It was fun for awhile to pause and chat, and oh the young people mountain biking are just delightful, full of vitality, good manners, and optimism.What could be better for mountain bikers than the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, currently in full swing!
All the pauses for conversation left us not covering the distance we desired, we hadn’t brought provisions for the party, and concerned for how many folks are hiking without water, barefoot, or watching their phone screens and not their next step.
The high desert world can be a harsh and unforgiving environment, while simultaneously providing you an afternoon of gorgeousness and delight. Turned ankles, cactus spines, and Dehydration surprise, disrupt, and can certainly make a Holiday or Saturday Afternoon difficult in unexpected ways, deadly at the extreme. The Red Rocks can be tricksters, and as the above quote so clearly says: ‘ hard in ways that you did not expect.’ .., though I would never be able to convince the two barefoot men grinning ear to ear and having ‘The best day of our lives!’
Some of my favorite photos of the days outing:
Peace and Blessings To You This Day.