“Rest and Be Thankful” was the name of a book by Helen McInnes I read years ago. It came to me as the perfect title for this image – it was a lovely place to sit and be quiet, glad for being able to enjoy the beauty around me.
Oak Creek Canyon comes as a delightful surprise, and one needs to stop to look. The drive to Sedona from Flagstaff, Arizona, is along a curvy road, one undergoing serious reconstruction when we drove it (bump, bump, bump!). There are numerous turn-offs for hiking and viewing along the way, but we chose to stop at the Oak Creek Canyon Park to hike.
Originally, a pioneer family settled in, raising food for itself, such as chickens and apples. The apple orchard is still there, as are remains of the rather fancy chicken coop (see a later photo) built of the native red stone. In the 1920s it became a resort, evolving from a homestead to a place for the rich and famous.
Now it is an area to be enjoyed by the rich and poor alike, along with tourists and other such riff-raff. Definitely a beautiful spot! Bring a picnic and spend a day – plenty to see and do and enjoy. It was one of my favorite places on our road trip.
On a rainy day . . .
I love Mesa Verde … it is one of the wonders of the world. Here, a view of Spruce Tree House, closed, unfortunately, because of a slide into the area. Heavy rains caused it,and I hope it will be repaired soon. No damage was caused to the structure, which dates ca. 1200 a.d., but to the area where tourists – like yours truly – stand. We were there on an early morning, enjoying the quiet of the canyon into which it is built.