This Thanksgiving since all family has moved quite far and it is a time for family, I decided to go to Sedona, Arizona to get out of the city and recharge, renew and nurture myself. I had been there several times in past years when I consulted out that way and I was missing the beauty of the red rocks and the serenity and calm experienced when visiting there. I was looking forward to capturing it for my next volume of relaxation, ambient DVDs “TV ArtScapes” so off I went for five days of serenity, reflection and beauty.
I arrived early Thanksgiving morning and it was a bit overcast. I didn’t care thou because I love to drive and Sedona is about 2 hours outside of Phoenix. So I packed up the rental car, placed my CDs on the seat next to me and set forth for some serenity and calm!!
It was a great drive. When I rounded the bend the Hwy that allows for that first great first view of Sedona, I was very glad it was a bit overcast. The grey and white clouds were hanging on the tops of the Red Rock formations and it was a mysterious and interesting site. I grabbed the camera at the first turnout and began to shoot. There were a few people enjoying the view as well but most at this time I supposed were gathering with family and friends to give thanks and share a day of thanks, love and appreciation for each other. I missed that, but I said a quick thank you for being able to enjoy God’s beauty….then it was off to the hotel. It was 1:00PM.
After getting settled at the Hyatt at Penion Point, I was anxious to get to Cathedral Rock at Red Rock Crossing. I could get in a ½ day of shooting today and It had been about 6 years since I saw Oak Creek and had captured that great view of the creek and Cathedral Rock in the background for the WaterScapes DVD. I found myself stopping along Upper Loop Road several times to capture the Valley and it’s magnificent mini Grand Canyon like look, but when I reached Red Rock Crossing at Oak Creek….it was the best.
The Trees had changed and there were bright yellow, gold and orange leaves to make up a picture postcard scene. The clouds were still looming but the light was just right for some magnificent shots. I stopped to capture a part of the creek that was slow and ran thru the trees with multicolored leaves filling the forest floor. It was magical.
I reached the place were all the famous shots in Sedona seem to be taken. The creek was full and the water rushed over the flat red rock, caressing every curve and moving on it’s way as if to navigate hardship but ultimately move on to it’s final destination. It was like all insecurity, sadness, loneliness….whatever feeling I had that needed some love or healing was being washed away, and what was left was magnificence, appreciation and an enormous love that was undeniable. Overwhelming to say the least. What a powerful place. This is actually one of the vortexes here in Sedona and this is why. Clarity, Peace and Vision can be found here. It was just as I had remembered.
As the camera rolled, there was a mighty gust of wind that shook the golden leaves from the trees, allowing them to gently floated right in front of the camera…it was fantastic! But it didn’t stop there! It started to rain a bit and the clouds became much darker. I had just arranged another closer shot with the camera, hoping to get some rain footage and as I came up, large hail stones began to hit me, the camera and fall to the earth like great stones! It was like God was skiping stones in heaven as the hail dropped into the creek creating large splashes. How awesome! I tried to pull the camera shot back to get as much of the scene as possible. I hope when I go to edit, I have enough to place this hailstorm on the TV ArtScapesÒ DVD because it was the most beautiful thing I had ever experienced.
I packed up the Camera as the hail turned to a full out rainstorm. Hardly anyone was left at Red Rock Crossing when the rain started. As I stepped on the wet rocks to retreat to the trail, I slipped and found myself on my back, sliding towards the rushing water. “God please don’t let me lose the Camera,” I thought! I cracked my head on the rocks and I saw stars for a moment, but I seemed to be OK save the fist large knot beginning to form on the back of my head. Can you say Klingon? Since I was alone I thought I’d better stop at the urgent care I had seen on the way up to make sure I hadn’t cracked my skull or damaged any thing important, say my brain!!!. It sure sounded like I had when it happened! Being alone when you have an accident is a pretty scary thing. The doctor gave me assurance that I was ok and told me if I had any neurological issues, nausea or vision changes to come back. I was glad. I hopped in the car, still drenched and my butt and back dirty from the fall. It was back to the hotel, directly to the spa tub in my room. What a great tub…my body appreciated the jets as I was starting to feel a bit sore from the fall.
As I laid there soaking and resting, I thanked God for a magnificent adventure. And that wasn’t the best part. I still had four more days to experience, shoot and enjoy the serenity that is Sedona. I can’t wait to edit this footage and share it with the world.
Love, Peace and Serenity to all! Happy Thanksgiving.
Veronica Crystal Young -40s Goddess