Cathedral Rock (HDR)

Northern Arizona, Day Four — Sedona

Today was the official reason we came out to northern Arizona, the Sedona Marathon and 10K. The course was brutal: some very intense hills, including a killer hill at the turn around point for the 10k. I thought it was going to kill me! (Oh! Wait. I didn’t run…)

But Steve and a couple of friends (much younger and in better shape) from Atlanta wanted to take on this challenge. While Steve actually proudly finished 7th in his age group (only 7 guys were that old—kidding!), let’s just suffice it to say this will not be an annual pilgrimage on the running circuit.

During the race this morning, I actually watched Dr. Dwight Gustafson‘s memorial service which the university streamed and stored for later viewing. His music was magnificent and featured prominently in the service. The times in which we live!

Open Range Café
Open Range Café

After a wonderful buffalo burger at The Open Range, we were off to take pictures of the Cathedral Rock Vortex. Now, I hope you know about the four vortices at Sedona. I choose to believe in them! Cathedral Rock is one of the four.

The last time I was here, shooting photos, we couldn’t find the well known “spot” where Cathedral Rock reflects in the stream. After much searching and hiking all around, I finally asked a photographer who directed me off to any area I never would have suspected. You have to be patient and wait for the water to be still to get the reflection.

Gorgeous!

Cathedral Rock (HDR)
Cathedral Rock (HDR)

 

Park near Cathedral Rock
Park near Cathedral Rock

 

On the way to Cathedral Rock
On the way to Cathedral Rock

For dinner we headed back into northern Sedona and ate at the Cowboy Club. I had eaten here during my last visit and remembered the steaks were awesome. I wasn’t disappointed!

And those Sedona sunsets are just surreal!

North Sedona Sunset
North Sedona Sunset