What a day last Saturday was!
I took a short trip to the Grand Canyon from Sedona and what an eye opening surprise. Nature is the best interior decorator. Ever.
Colors like a dream.
Woke up feeling great, ready to tackle Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, two breathtaking rocks that you might recognize from national automobile commercials. It’s also an energy vortex which means different things to different people. To me, it means it is really pretty and a lot of positive energy must have gone in to creating it.
You can walk around both Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte on a loop trail that is 4.2 miles. Piece of advice: stay on the trail or else you will find yourself on Big Park trail, which adds another mile or so to the hike. A lot of people get confused by the signs. I had a lot of company trying to figure out how to get back to the parking lot.
The trail is definitely worth it. Mostly flat, with a few inclines. Once you finish you will be proud that you circled these two monuments. They are huge and majestic.
Took me an hour and fifty minutes. Pretty easy if you have the dogs to handle it but mine were barking and howling by the end. So I swapped the MBTs for the Salomon’s for the rest of the day and I am happy to report that my feet are talking to me again.
I didn’t fall down on this hike but did get jabbed by a cactus. Note to self: remember to bring the water next time!
My feet were in bad shape after Doe Mountain so I headed over to a place called The Hike House in search of alternate hiking shoes. I can tell instantly whether a shoe is going to work for me. It has to be very padded, especially around the metatarsal area. I tried on several pairs and settled on Salomon XT Wings 2.
It’s like walking on a mattress and my sore feet felt like they were getting a massage. So, my plan is to hike in MBTs and spend the rest of the day in these groovy shoes. They don’t have regular shoe laces but instead “cable” shoe laces that you pull tight then choke off with a little plastic contraption.