17 September 2009

Theme Thursday-Over the Hill

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.

Satchel Paige

I am in constant awe of the Southwest's beauty. The land is relatively untouched; the silence and the beauty is healing. On this day, Mr. Jackson and I hiked Little Horse Trail to Bell Rock Trail and halfway up Bell Rock in Sedona--about four miles round trip although we were convinced on the way back that it had to be at least six! The land and the history of the people who have walked it date back to 300 B.C. I cannot imagine my life without the experience of walking these trails and feeling the lives that have been here before me.

Bell Rock is one of the vortexes in Sedona where spiritual energy is released. Boynton Canyon, Airport Mesa and Cathedral Rock are the other sites known to possess spiritual energy. Having hiked through most of these locations, I can only attest to feeling really mesmerized by the surroundings and as a result, very happy and at peace. So, I cannot personally confirm the existence of this phenomenon. I do believe given the history of the people --this land has meaning and is sacred. On this trip I witnessed Mr. Jackson bounding up the trail to Bell Rock stopping only because I was nursing a sore foot and was fearful of my ability to make the trip back if I continued the climb. So, who knows?

He felt great, loved the landscape and would have climbed to the top.  For those of you who hike in groups you have witnessed that one hiker who charges ahead, tireless and oblivious of peril. I call that hiker the 'billy goat." It is an honor and a position to which all hikers aspire. Well, on this day, Mr. Jackson won the award!!

We climbed over many a hill and in these sacred places, Mr. Jackson and I will always be forever young.

19 comments:

willow said...

Ah...the secret to youth is climbing the hill!

Brian Miller said...

beautiful pic...i love to hike, you captured it so well in this line "I cannot imagine my life without the experience of walking these trails and feeling the lives that have been here before me." happy tt!

Wings said...

Great post! :)

Tom said...

i never hiked in Sedona, but Arizona is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I envy you.

Baino said...

It is indeed uniquely American. I've never been there but my daughter was blown away by the Grand Canyon, something else so characteristically American. You're fortunate to have these natural wonders to explore.

liza said...

I've never been to that part of the US. The views must be spectacular on your hikes.

C.M. Jackson said...

willow -- a great meal and comfy bed at the end of a good hike doesn't 'hoit' either. Keep moving and laughing is my motto-best c

C.M. Jackson said...

brian--if you listen, you will hear but then again, I think you already know that-;-) c

C.M. Jackson said...

wings--thanks!!

C.M. Jackson said...

tom--that's settled--you must go!! There's hills to climb--Sedona's awaiting..best c

C.M. Jackson said...

baino--just beautiful territory as Mr. Jackson says..we are blessed..I will be posting a few shots of the grand canyon in the next few days--hope you come back to visit soon-best c

C.M. Jackson said...

liza---your camera is saying pack up the family and go--thanks for stopping by-c

Not For Jellyfish said...

I would love to visit that area someday to walk those hills. :) I agree that the secret to youth is the continued climbing of hills!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I too love the raw uniqueness of the Souhwest... I lived near Joshua tree monument for a few years. The sky was amazing. -J

California Girl said...

haven't been to Sedona in 20 years but always thought it too beautiful for words. Oak Creek Cyn too.

subtorp77 said...

C.M. never been to Sedona but did plenty of hiking in N.E. New Mexico. Love that top photo! And thanks for the share :)

Tracy said...

What landscape--breathtaking! I've not been west much...hope to see more on day. :o) Happy Weekend, CM

San said...

I've yet to get to Sedona. I'm very curious about the vortices, but to get a glimpse of those formations in person should be a rather mystical experience.

C.M. Jackson said...

san--the beauty of sedona is in its land--I can only say that it leaves me at peace and yet, questioning as to what my next step will be--the vortexes have always been kind to me--you should take a drive and spend a weekend--love to hear about your experience -c

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