|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Viewed: 4/20/2019
|Topics/Keywords: #AirportSaddle #Arizona #Sedona #Travel||Page Views: 538|
|We introduce Mary, Zach and Karen to Sedona's Airport Saddle.|
For our planned ski weekend, we rented a motor home and piled everyone into it: myself and Michael, of course; but also my ex-wife Mary, our daughter Karen and her nephew (and our grandson), Zachary. Our very first stop prior to setting up camp for the night was Sedona; and our first stop in Sedona was the amazing Airport Mesa Vortex, of which is claimed great healing powers.
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The parking area at Airport Mesa is small and usually crowded. I had to wait until someone pulled out in order to have a place to park. But park I did; and Zach couldn't start climbing fast enough.
As you (and Zach) can see, the mesa itself isn't very high. It also isn't a typical mesa, as the top isn't all that large or, for that matter, flat. ("Mesa" is Spanish for "table".)
Zach has been climbing trees since he was three (he's now six) so Airport Mesa was a piece of cake.
Finally: At the top!
L2R: Michael, Zach, me, Karen
To the East we had a clear view of Bell Rock, another of Sedona's vortexes. Some say they can see the energy whirling above it.
There's a trail heading eastward from the vortex. While there are no great metaphysical insights to be found along this trail, there are some amazing views. Plus, the trail has little elevation change, making it an easy walk.
Getting down was harder than getting up!
Gung ho, we set out along the rim trail.
Even Michael decided to come along, apparently not having had enough hiking for one day.
Now, Mary hadn't actually gone to the top of Airport Mesa. But when we got back from our Rim hike, she decided that she would make the climb after all. And she did! And when she arrived at the top, she extended her arms and cried, "I'll never drink again!" (Mary doesn't drink.)
Finally, on our way out of Sedona, we stopped by Bell Rock (which we saw from Airport Mesa). This is Zach standing on the broad veranda of Bell Rock, with House Rock towering behind him.