|Cathedral Rock - Sedona, Arizona|
watercolor painting by author
by Gregory E. Larson
Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, Coffee Pot Rock . . . the names on the landscapes around Sedona, Arizona are as unusual as the formations themselves. Some are so large it takes a hike of several miles just to walk around them. Others look like pottery which has been fired by extinct volcanoes. Many people believe the rocks have a magnetic attraction and a spiritual significance.
|Bell Rock - Sedona, Arizona|
|Gretta climbing up the toe-holds in the rock (note the road and parking lot at the top of the picture).|
As we pulled ourselves up on top of the mesa at the base of Cathedral Rock, we began to reap the reward of our effort.
|Gretta standing on top of a mesa.|
|Gretta standing at the cliff's edge at the notch on Cathedral Rock.|
I had Gretta pose for pictures at several locations in the notch, and I snapped one as she stood at the edge of a cliff shadow. If I were allowed only one photo to remember her from, it would be the one. She had that look of hers, a look of self-assurance, and of peak confidence and happiness. Her conditioning from biking, hiking, figure skating, and yoga, had made the hike seem like a piece of cake. She was happy every day, but she was happiest outdoors, and the photo shows it.
|My sweetheart, at ease and full of happiness.|
|Gretta standing in the middle of the notch (this is the ledge where we ate our snack).|
|A view for the memories - the notch at Cathedral Rock|