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Oct 1 - Sedona, Arizona

Burma Shave Road Signs, Sedona: New Age, Left Wing Community, 5 separate vortices (vortexes) where earth's magnetic field has special properties. Notwithstanding, they will sell you anything here including timeshares

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We left Seligman after filling our propane tank and emptying the black and grey water tanks on TaJ and took a 16 mile seldom used portion of old Route 66. They have recreated Burma Shave signs along this segment of road. When I was young and we traveled in the US we always looked for the Burma Shave signs...fun, fun, fun.

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Our drive into Sedona was spectacular. You come down Highway 89A from Flagstaff, via the Oak Creek Canyon dropping from 7300 feet above sea level to about 4500 feet at Sedona, over a distance of 28 miles.

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We arrived at the RV park exactly at Noon, check in time:

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That allowed us the afternoon to see what we could see. The town centre of Sedona is dedicated to extracting every single dollar it can from tourists, and is really off-putting. Reminds of us being in Banff. Everything is for sale, at pretty high prices. There are tours to be purchased, and the t-shirt shops seem never ending. Of course the T-shirts are all made off-shore somewhere.

We strolled the shopping district, came upon a shop with Jenny's name on it:

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This is a Javelina...a kind of wild swine. This one, of course, is a street decoration, we expect to meet up with a real javelina, or two in the coming weeks.

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We found that cowboys and Indians, played a big part in this town's past. Really, it was a major site for cowboy movies back in the 1940's and 50's:

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But, nowadays, downtown is all about commerce and traffic:

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We took a scenic drive and this is what this valley is all about: red rock formations...great scenery:

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And the photographer:

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In an earlier blog I had mentioned hiking sticks made from flower stems of Yucca plants. Here is what they look like, and they really do work as hiking poles, very light and strong.

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We offer this about Sedona. It is a lovely place, with a permanent population of 10,000, and a seasonal population much in excess of that. The season runs most of the year, so there is a lot going on. You can buy a Himalayan Salt Candle here, you can get your aura read, you can buy healing crystals here. All around town there are wind chimes, that people can play if they so desire. It is a new age, left wing community and we do not think Donald Trump politics play well here.

Jenny and I left Nova Scotia with one firm vow...we would not buy anything to take home, we would not pick up rocks, or driftwood, or any silly little knick-knacks, with the single exception of craft brewery coasters :) during our entire trip. We would take home memories, and pictures, and this blog which will going to be our scrapbook. So, shopping is not something we do and we found the crass commercialism of the town core off-putting, but that does not detract from its beauty, which is spectacular.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 18:32 Archived in USA Tagged sedona rock_formations oak_creek_canyon new_age Comments (2)

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