Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring in Sedona

View from Doe Mesa, first day of spring.
Our hike for today -- the first day of Spring -- took us up a zig-zag trail to the top of Doe Mesa, giving us panoramic views of Sedona.

Sunset from Airport Mesa the last night of Winter.
Last night, we went to another mesa -- Airport Mesa -- in the center of town, where we joined the throngs that gather nightly to watch the sun set. This was the last sunset of Winter.

I thought I should use green in my stitching on this first day of Spring, so this morning I continued with the green embroidery on my yoga mat quilt. It reminds me of last night's fiery orb.

Then I used this spring green batik to stitch together the backing for the jelly roll quilt.

By early afternoon, we decided we needed to get started on the hike. I put away the sewing and put on sunscreen and hiking boots and off we went. After the long climb up the side of the mesa, we spotted the rock cairn (above) that indicated where we would find narrow rock steps up the final stretch.

Dave brought a kite, but the winds were so brisk and uncooperative that he couldn't get it up in the air. It kept wanting to dive down with downdrafts. 

Luckily, I've never been afraid of heights, otherwise I never could have looked down over this jagged outcropping. I did get a little dizzy as I was walking near the edge focusing on the ground in front of me but catching a peripheral view of the land far below moving past me at a different rate.

I looked DOWN at this helicopter, probably flying tourists through the canyons. I can't believe we climbed up that high in a relatively short amount of time. 

Here's a little arrangement of desert green for Spring.

And here is my reward after climbing back down -- chocolate crème brulee torched tableside at Ken's Creekside Restaurant.

Have a colorful day

1 comment:

Cathy H said...

Hi Sherrie.....what a wonderful hike and great to see all the photos....your jelly roll yoga mats is so bright and colourful it looks great too.....Cathy