This past weekend one of my best friends I met in college, Erika came to visit and we took a road trip to Sedona, Arizona for a little summer getaway. We'd both been to Sedona before so we wanted to make sure to try and see new things we'd never done before which included some hiking. On our first morning we woke up at 7am and took the West Fork Trail. We had heard from some people in town that it was the best hike to take in the summer season because it was mostly a shaded hike in the canyons and the trail made you feel like you weren't in Arizona, and that I would definitely agree with. That trail was so green I couldn't believe it! I felt like I was back in NY, in the adirondacks! It had just stormed right before we headed out on those trails, so all the trees and leaves had fresh drops of rain on them and the smell was one I wish I could have bottled up and taken home with me. Mother nature at her best.
The second hike we did was later in the day, called cathedral rock. This hike was a little more intense especially since it was during prime hours the sun was directly above and beating on us. Not recommended in 100 degree temperatures - unless you have lots and lots of water! Lets just say I did not make it to the top of cathedral rock. I stopped midway and took some time to myself. Erika made it a little further than I did.. but I enjoyed stopping and collecting some personal moments for myself. Even though our Sedona trip was quite short, it was the perfect getaway to clear the mind and cleanse the soul. Sedona is probably one of the most sacred and spiritual places to visit. We also got to enjoy some good food, psychic readings, vortex visits, and crystal shopping during our stay. Here's a little photo diary from our hikes.