It was time to leave the hot behind, and move up to cooler weather! Sedona is one of my favorite places, and there is great parking outside of town where the balloons frequently land. Sedona is famous for its vortexes - centers of energy.
I'm here with the WINs, at the start of their spring/summer circuit through Utah and Colorado. I'll be with them off and on.
There are many wonderful trails in the area. This is the Chimney Rock loop, which of course goes around Chimney Rock. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom.
The lizards are out too - this one was huge!
This was a surprise - The Amitabha Stupa and Buddha is supposed to be Sedona's newest vortex. Chimney Rock is in the background.
After the hike, we went into town. I had seen the Chapel of the Holy Cross before, but never gone inside.
So we climbed up a big hill, and it was definitely worth it.
Outside the Chapel, you can get a view of how the simple folk live in Sedona! This house comes complete with an observatory and a 4-car garage.
In addition to balloons, our parking area has some cute not-so-wild life.
They are smart enough to hide behind the "No Hunting" sign.
And some real wildlife! Although this one was pretty scary, I think it is a nonpoisonous Glossy snake.