Javelinas (Spanish name) are the only wild, native, pig-like mamal found in the United States. They are the Collared Peccary and a member of the Tayassuidae family. True pigs are members of the Suidae family. They have razor-sharp tusks and are found in the brushy deserts and rocky canyons of the Sonoran Desert.
Javelinas are very slender, unlike pigs. The adult male ranges from 46-60 inches in length, 20-24 inches in height and weighs between 40 and 60 pounds. They have only 3 toes on each hind foot instead of 4. They can run fast and have been clocked at 35 miles per hour. Their upper tusks extending 1 inches in length, are pointed down, not outward or upward as in pigs. If you have noticed while on tours they will point out the Javelinas like the Prickly Pear Cactus that abounds here.
My most favourite thing in Sedona is seeing all those wonderful red rocks, which show off their color even more after a little drizzle.
These rocks were actually created for over 350 million years, and the scarlet color comes from the red iron-oxide stains formed when the flood plain deposits of iron minerals mixed with the oxygen. The canyons were then formed when the creek waters broke and carved through the lava cap...now an awesome, awesome sight!
Favorite thing: If you ever get a chance to go to Sedona... GO!!! don't even hesitate...this is definately a prime example of the beauty of God's Creations! I went for a week and would have loved to stay forever! The scenery is breath taking every which way you look! Bring sneakers, and twice as much camera film as you think you might need!
Favorite thing: The Red Rock formations that form the backdrop for Sedona are quite striking. The town's strict building codes require that all construction blend in with Sedona's scenic landscape. When heading into Sedona from Oak Creek Canyon, the town dots the landscape with only minimal impact, allowing the viewer to experience the full beauty of Sedona.
Due to local ordinances, buildings in Sedona cannot exceed a certain height and must blend in with the scenic surroundings. When viewed from afar or atop one of Sedona's higher spots, Sedona's residential and commercial areas are camoflaged into the red and brown rocks that comprise the city's landscape.
Fondest memory: Breakfast on the patio while enjoying the view
Go for the scenery, not necessarily to be enlightened. I had heard so many wonderful tales of spiritual enlightenment from other internet travelers who had been to Sedona. So perhaps my expectations were a bit high and I had hoped of 'finding' myself here.
When I got to Sedona I was impressed with the beautiful red rocks and other landscapes of the area, until I drove into downtown. The downtown is picturesque, with colourful, vibrant boutiques, cafes and personal art galleries. But the hoards of other tourists looking for the same spiritual experience cluttered any good vibes this small city could give.
Sometimes there can be too much of a good thing, and this is my opinion of Sedona. Like many other places that once start out as places with great meaning and beauty (Niagara Falls, Ontario and Gallup, New Mexico to name a few), the touristy 'cheese' can overcompensate and kill the area's true and complete beauty. But welcome to the corporate world.
I have heard there are communes in the area, where people work and live together and was inspired by that ideal. However when I got to Sedona I was soon told that communes are expensive to join and only the middle-upper class can afford to be enlightened that way.
The vortexes-the highly prized energy fields of Native American cultures-were loaded with tourists, some of whom would steal a rock/dirt nearby for a souvenier, which broke my heart. Please respect this sacred land and leave it be!
The area is so amazing. From Oak Creek Canyon to the red rock buttes that dot the horizon. This is a great place to go for walks or short hikes.
Fondest memory: Sitting on a small cliff looking at the land below........still haven't found a place where you do not see a golf course in the distance..
Favorite thing: Sedona is surrounded by beautiful red rocks. Some rocks have been given names of particular things they look like from certain angles. This is Snoopy rock. Can you see the outline of Snoopy lying on top of his kennel?
Favorite thing: The youngest rocks, deposited approximately 5 millon years ago, located at the top of the 'Switch Backs' in Oak Creek Canyon are volcanic in origin. They are characterized as a relatively thin layer of hard, dark gray basalt, that flowed down from the flanks of Mount Humphries, about 30 miles to the north.
The oldest rocks in Sedona, at the bottom of the geologic column, exposed deep in Oak Creek Canyon were deposited over 300 million years ago in a river delta/flood-plain environment.
Fondest memory: The 'Cali' girls as we referred to my two nieces (from left to right) Jillian, Gabriella and my daughter Kristara, enjoyed the beauty of Sedona ocassionaly allowing us to photograh them.
I wanted to include another picture of myself and the colorful rocks in Sedona.
I would like to go back and spend a couple of days and do some hiking.
Really I would like to live there!
Favorite thing: It looks like this all the way up and down Oak Creek Canyon and in and around the Sedona area. Towering cliffs, unique formations and a palette of rich colors.
Favorite thing: The bluest skies imaginable, set off against the red rocks under a brilliant sun. The colors dazzle making the journey more than worthwhile.
Favorite thing: Snoopy Rock, Coffeepot Rock, Mitten Ridge, Thumb Butte, Catherdal Rock, The Mace and Bell Rock are but a few of the whimsical names given to Sedona's incredible rock formations.
Favorite thing: Sedona's geologic strata that was created in an incomprehensible amount of eons ago, is now laid open in splendid ruination due to the erosinal forces of wind, water and freezing and thawing.