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Hence the Name: Boulder Creek


There’s a creek that runs through Boulder and I bet you can guess its name.  But seriously, though, there’s a great paved walkway or you can stroll closer to the water’s edge.  The roar of the creek will soothe any anxieties one might have about turning 50 years old! But I digress.

IMAG0049BOCO as they like to call it, is a great pedestrian city. From the hikes along the creek to shopping at the Pearl Street mall, there’s lots to do and it is easy on the feets!

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Sedona, Arizona


I have been fortunate to have been able to take some great trips which led to great walks and hikes and photos. In this blog, I will share what I consider to be some fantastic walks. My criteria is simple: they have to be easy to moderate and in a beautiful setting.

My first offering: Red Rock Crossing, Sedona, Arizona.
This place will blow you away. It’s located in the Coconino National Forest and costs eight bucks to enter but it is well worth the fare. It offers a breathtaking view of massive Cathedral Rock against Sedona’s typical bright blue sky. A creek runs through this area, which was once the Crescent Moon Ranch. Some of the old buildings remain on the property and are a nice setting for photos and picnics.

This area is also an energy vortex and I’m no expert on that except to say you will feel rejuvenated here, at least I was.

When I visited one afternoon in November, 2009, I was immediately struck by the sound of the leaves rustling in the trees. It was so loud it reminded me of applause – like nature was welcoming us.  Add to that, the stunning red rocks, blue sky, the sound of the creek nearby and you get the real thing- a naturally soothing experience that fills you up. You can’t help but take it all in – take a deep breath and exhale. Stress reduction.

You can walk along the creek or cross it to access the “Baldwin” trail. The sun was beginning to set so I didn’t take this hike but the forest service says it’s about a mile long. Visit their website or call them to get the details. 

There are a ton of great walks in Sedona-you can hardly go wrong with any of them. But this one is my favorite.

P.S. – if you want to grab a good hamburger afterwards, check out the Red Planet Diner. For dinner, I really enjoyed Fournos – a small greek restaurant.  The food was superb and the garlic will keep the vampires away. When you walk in the place, you think you’ve entered the kitchen area and turns out you have.  The kitchen and dining area are one big space.

Directions to Red Rock: Drive west from Sedona on US 89A. Just outside town, turn south on FR 216 (Upper Red Rock Loop Road). Drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs to Red Rock Crossing. All roads except the short segment leading from Red Rock Crossing Road to the picnic area are paved.

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