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#BrightSquare: What’s Older Than Red Dirt?

#BrightSquare #28

By the way there is now less than a week left of bright squares, where has the time gone? If you haven’t yet taken part, why not get organised this weekend. I have now approved all of yesterday’s amazing square contributions, so do visit yesterday’s post and scroll through the comments for inspiration. Remember all I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.

Becky B

Sedona Old Soldier Pass Trail #2

Yesterday we barely started on the trail. Sadly, I thought that we would get to the first official view point today. But sadly, for you I took more pictures than I thought. Those bright views so far are unofficial. I had my mouth open in amazement of such beauty most of the time. (No, not to help me breathe!)

We headed in the general direction of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness Area, which I am assured is steeper than what we experienced. As you can see there was clearly another choice of path with no marker and now no other hikers.

Wilson Mountain ahead

We veered left, and kept going in that general direction until we reached our goal. Apparently bicycles are allowed in this first 1.2 mile section of the pathway.

We also went up whenever we could. I’m not sure how difficult it would be on bikes. The total rise in altitude is only 450 feet and you barely feel it because it is gradual in most places. There were places where it was not so flat.

Vince is wondering what takes me so long and whether or not my balance is holding up. He accidently wore his street shoes, and got them filthy, not to mention they were a little slippery in places. I wore my stabilization/hiking/tennis shoes/trainers and I did fine, but there were a few places where he helped me up or down.

We are very cute now that we are older than red dirt, in case you didn’t know that.

Tomorrow in my next BrightSquare I promise I will get you to Devil’s Sink Hole and tell you how it came to be. So for today, Signing off from Sedona, AZ, about one hour’s drive from Prescott

Have a happy Hump day from these beautiful humps. How’s your week going?

Don’t Forget

Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays today. The topic today is Balance. What could be more appropriate?

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  1. Stunning photos of the red dirt. It is beautiful really. Australia has a lot of red dirt. We drove round it for 6 months in a campervan when our kids were small and the van was full of red dirt as we were often off the paved roads. Your photos brought back some nice memories of that trip.

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    • Thanks, Anne. Your trip sounds memorable. Six months is quite an extended vacation. What part of Australia were you in? Georgia is another area that has a lot of red dirt. It is like silt. 🙂

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      • We drove the whole way round Sydney, To Melbourne to Adelaide then across the Nullabor to Perth and up the west coast to Broome and Darwin, then down to Alice Springs and Kings Canyon and then back up to Cookstown and Cape Tribulation. Down past Brisbane and back to Sydney. It was an epic adventure. Our kids were 2 and 4.


  2. It’s a beautiful place for sure. An interesting day here. 1st day opening of our new vaccine centre was chaotic and very Portuguese, but we got the jab and a date for the second in 4 weeks, and no ill effects so far. 🙂 🙂 Then we took our neighbour’s sister to the hospital in Faro for visiting time. We had a little wander, coffee and cake, picked her up again and are home. What next, I wonder?

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    • So she did not have to stay five days. That’s good, I guess. Running back and forth is no fun. I’m glad you got your first shot. Second shot reactions are all over the board, but first shots are pretty mild. I hope you continue to do well with both shots! Then it’s back to traveling! YAY!


      • She’s still in hospital till the weekend on an intravenous drip, but her sister had permission to visit so we took her, as she’s not so familiar with the city- parking etc 🙂

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        • Oh! I’m amazed that the let anyone visit. The hospitals in CA where we lived were strictly “sick person only.” The hospital gave me a survey when I went in for my rabies shots when I got bit by the raccoon. They asked if I would recommend the hospital. My answer was yes and no. I hated that old people and young have had to be in the hospital alone because of COVID. I’m glad they are letting her sister in. She is luck to have you to take her. 🙂


  3. Beautiful Sedona photos! What an adventure. Your hike looks wonderful. We visited Sedona for the first time 2 years ago. Why did we wait so long? I can’t wait to return.

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    • I know! It hasn’t been very long for us either. The next time you come, you have to come to Prescott, too. We have some wonderful rocks and trails, and it’s only an hour away.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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