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#BrightSquare: Bright Spot in Hike – Miracle Marker

#BrightSquare#29, Restless Jo’s Monday Walks, Cee’s FOTD

By the way there is now less than a week left of bright squares, where has the time gone? …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 #3

As you noticed, I divided this amazing hike into four parts to work with the last four gloriously bright days of Becky’s BrightSquares. Today I promised you an official view, and I will deliver. But first, a marker!

In all of this walking, we have still supposedly not gone the 1/4 mile to see our first landmark, Devil’s Kitchen, one of eight Devil’s Kitchens in the United States alone. The countertop looks more like a grand piano to me. I hope my kitchen never looks this bad. Fortunately it did not smell as bad as a kitchen in this shape would.

You can’t appreciate the depth of this sinkhole from this picture, but I did not want to get close. There was no handrail, trees or anything to hang onto, and just getting as close as I did made me a bit dizzy. According to one of the sites, water caused all this damage by eroding the limestone. It happened in the 1880s. If it made me dizzy to see the aftermath, imagine hiking in the 1880s and watching it happen!

Submitted for Cee’s FOTD

According to my plant guide, this shrub is a Cliff-rose or Pushia mexicana that is a chaparral that grows in rocky slopes. The online Bing dictionary defines chaparral as “a North American vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.” I think the guide book for plants, animals, birds and reptiles, Discovering the Wonders of Sedona by Suzanne Clemenz described this bush accurately. It was the only flower we saw on the entire path.

For the most part we headed towards Teacup Rock but when I turned around, I saw this beautiful vista of the Brins Mesa, where you can go on a steeper five-mile trail.

We have one more bright day left, so you will get to see if we made it the next 1/4 mile to our bright destination. This is the first time I’ve participated in the entire month of Becky B’s squares. I don’t know about you, but I found it to be as rigorous as hiking up this 1-4 mile trail, depending on what you read.

It was fun taking you for a week on our Las Vegas Vacation, then home to our former home in Elderwood, California. Then we had a day rolled into a week of car shows at Prescott’s Gateway Shopping Center where I got my two COVID shots, and finally, almost a week showcase of our day trip to Sedona’s Old Soldier Pass Trail. I can see why people look forward to Becky’s Squares, and how it can start you on your own series of photographic journeys, if you want to do that.

Thanks for joining me this month. i hope to see you tomorrow for our #Brightsquare farewell post.

Don’t Forget

If you’ve gotten dizzy after this month of bright squares, join me at Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays and get your balance back. 🙂

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  1. You’re a bit of a tease, Marsha, but a full month of daily posts is hard work. Not the posting. That part’s fine. It’s keeping up with responses and visiting everyone else. So well done to you, and thanks very much for taking me along on the journey 🙂 🙂

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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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