A Day of Rocks and People…Rockin’ People
I woke up at the Baby Quail Inn and proceeded to the continental breakfast. I was greeted by friendly faces. One in particular lit up the room instantly. He asked about my travels, and of course I was glad to accommodate. As is the custom, I proceeded to ask about his travels and what he did before the hotel business in Sedona, AZ. He said, “Why don’t I just show you.” I followed him into the breakfast room. The walls were completely covered in memorabilia. It turns out that Dick Curtis, owner of the Baby Quail Inn was a war veteran, a marathon runner, and most importantly…an actor, director, producer, and overall entertainer. He had photos of himself with all sorts of stars; John Wayne, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Jonathan Winters, and Barbara Eden to give just a tiny sample of his experiences.
Read this 5 part interview with him to really get a sense of who he is, then go to his Inn and talk to him yourself.
This is the perfect job for him as he probably has more than one story to connect to every person that walks through his doors. The Inn was quaint and at a nice location in West Sedona. The hot tub was perfect after a day of hiking. It was close to many restaurants including Picazzo’s, a great place for organic and gluten free choices of Italian food. It was across the street from a “Whole Foods” type grocery store with healthy and organic choices. The bed was comfortable and the company was…entertaining.
From breakfast I finished a lot of school work and then left to explore the vortex locations of Sedona. There are a lot of stories behind these vortexes. Some say they have felt it, some say it’s a load of lies.
I wanted to see for myself. I drove to the first one I wanted to see off of Airport Rd. It was nice, though I did not experience some of the things that others had told me about or that I had read about, but I can say that I did feel a bit of a tight chest…could be from a number of factors though it’s fun to say I felt the vortex.
I was a little turned off by some of the younger people being loud and cliched hippies. I left and headed to the next stop.
I moved on to Cathedral Rock to find another of the main vortexes. Before I hiked up I met Steve who wanted to chat with me about my Eurovan. He has had many VWs in his lifetime and a story for each of them. He was in the area visiting from Albuquerque,NM and had visited the vortex. He gave me a card and informed me that I have a place to stay when going through NM again. It turns out he’s an artist and I was impressed with his work when I checked it out online. Beautiful, intricate art that is hands on as a puzzle.
I headed up the rockface along the trail and towards the vortex. I made it to the top and saw some great vistas.
On my way down I saw a woman looking for a trail, looking for her way. I offered to walk with her to find the trail she was on, then I offered to give her a ride back to her vehicle. I assured her that I had no timetable and was willing to help even if it meant adding 40 minutes of driving. I have learned on this trip to go with it and see where the situation leads. Her name was Aloe, which I think is a beautiful name. Her name had significance because it is a natural plant, one of physical and spiritual healing. This trip was for those reasons and I found it only fitting. We had some great conversations. It so happens that she is also on a journey by herself to find direction. Even though we were in different points of our lives, our purpose was very similar. We had some uplifting conversations that were needed at the moment…I’d like to think for both of us. I dropped her off at a park where her van was and I went off to take some more photos of the sunset.
While taking photographs of the sunset at the park I dropped Aloe off at, I met a retired couple from Quebec, Gerry and Louise. They had sailed the Caribbean together going from port to port. Now they have an RV and are traveling all over the U.S. They had a great sense of adventure, and I was able to give them a little advice about California. We exchanged cards and may meet for a meal when they make it up to the Monterey area.
After it got dark it was time to head down to Glendale to spend some time with my family.
Turning the corner, like an airport runway, it was clear which house I was going to. Uncle Dale loves his Christmas, and has created a “Christmas Vacation” house to show his love.
I arrived a little later than I originally planned, but I was able to see Paisley and Rylan and spend some time with other members of the Slocum family before sleeping hard.