Bell Rock Pathway

5/9/15 Saturday in Cottonwood, AZ (Verde Valley-TT)

Beautiful cool blue sky morning, with a hot air balloon in the sky for a special exclamation point.

We didn’t get our act together (make up our minds) regarding what we’d do today, so it was after 10:30 before we were on our way to the Bell Rock Pathway. It’s located just off Hwy 179 in the Village of Oak Creek. This village is just south of Sedona, in the beautiful Red Rock Country. Coming from the south you go through 4 roundabouts before the sign for the Pathway. Here’s a great view of Bell Rock at, naturally, one of those roundabouts. The people here must love roundabouts, because they are frequent here. I’ve heard they’re very safe and it’s nice not always having to come to a full stop (at a sign).

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At the entrance:

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There is a $5 daily parking fee, unless you have certain passes, like the Senior Pass!!! It’s run by the US Forest Service. A few parking areas for hiking have fees not covered by the Senior Pass, but many are. Here are scenes from our walk. Horses and bikes are allowed on these paths as well, and those bikes go FAST. Our first trip was around some of Bell Rock

Courthouse Butte

Courthouse Butte

Lee Mountain

Lee Mountain

 Walkers can go off trail

Walkers can go off trail

Water shimmering as it flowed down

Water shimmering as it flowed down

During our lunch in the car, a bee came to visit, so I took his/her picture. It flew away as soon as I clicked the photo! There was a sweet Brush Jay serenading us as well.

 Bee on our car windshield

Bee on our car windshield

 Western Scrub Jay on Desert Holly

Western Scrub Jay on Desert Holly

On our walk around Courthouse Butte, I spotted an interesting prickly pear bloom.

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When we got back to Verde Valley we let our friends Marcy and Don know that we were coming back and headed for the hot tub. They joined us to chat awhile. Marcy is a fabulous photographer. They’re the ones who introduced us to the Puffins on Haystack Rock at the Oregon Coast. We’ll be getting together again tomorrow.

After our fun time at the hot tub we settled in for a quiet night of TV.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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