Lonesomes Episode 6: The Red Rocks of Sedona


Barely a day has passed, and here we are in Sedona, on the terrace of our rented house, and this is the view. Sunrise – or second sunrise in a way, as the first one just brushed the tips and disappeared. Last night, when we arrived, it was overcast and wet, so a trip to the local wholefood store (it’s very Glastonbury here) to stock up, and here are the green grocers:


But the next day – yesterday actually – was bright and clear, and Di and I set off up the road to find some red rock to sit on and draw. Red Rocks everywhere, not just under our feet. This was one of the views:


Here’s the hill we sat on to draw


Exhausting drawing rocks! So many of them. But a great place to be. Then we realised that it was actually Autumn Equinox so we drove up to the local ‘vortex’ point to watch the sunset, and discovered the rest of Sedona had come too. Room for all, fortunately.


Sunset and sunrise are the best times to watch the rocks, so it was up with the dawn this morning again (exhausting!), but I was rewarded with the sight of 5 wild boars running through the scrub below our house. And with this gorgeous blue bird – turns out to be a ‘scrub jay’:


I was followed up the hill by Di in her pyjamas! (only in Glastonbury – I mean, Sedona…)


and this was the sunrise. It lasted for ages: so many rocks to illuminate.



So I’m writing this blog and have just become aware that all around me people are sanding sticks, winding string, painting – last evening in Sedona, and the sun has finally come out again.


The great Indian craft tradition of this area is clearly having an effect. Or maybe that’s why we are here in the first place. Whatever, I’m going to join them…

  1. Catherine Watson said:

    Thanks for your blog Bron – I’m really enjoying following your trip. I’m off to see Georgia O’Keefe exhibition soon to find my desert moment … bright blessings at the Autumn Equinox! Ann Watson

  2. Hi Bron, just caught up with your travel blog in USA.

    Took me right back to my late teens when a friend and I travelled around the States on Greyhound buses. One of our memorable episodes was walking down the Grand Canyon, thinking it was just going to be an afternoon stroll… not anticipating about the reverse walk back…. UPHILL. We stayed the night down there, don’t remember where we slept, and started walking back up early in the morning. We had no water except a filled coke can and no food. It took us twelve hours to get back up! People coming down had heard about the ‘crazy English girls’ (from walkers who had over taken us) and gave us what food and water they had to spare.

    Thats what I remember about the people we met on our travels, they were generous and welcoming, hope it is like that for you and your friends now.

    Arts week is dismal but the weather is lovely and cheers me up!

    See you soon,


  3. Great story Fiona, when I told the others they gasped in horror, knowing now what your adventure entailed. But yes, the people have been unfailingly helpful and courteous, and always want to know all about us. Good curiosity!

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