Thursday, July 19, 2012

Goat's feet and Crazy Quilting

Sorry I have been away from here for a few days.  We ran away for a few days and this post will wander I think even more than usual.  Sooooo hang on maybe even fasten your seat belts and here we go.

We usually go West and sometimes Northwest but usually West on our trips.    Once we strayed and went East but will do that one another time.   First stop was Vegas and went to several of the art galleries and at the Venetian they had the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit.  I do think I can safely say that man was way ahead of his time.  I think we stayed at the exhibit  over two hours ( they said it would take an hour ), so if you are there please go and it is there until October I believe and well worth the time it takes to go thru it.  After getting a good whupping there-food and other entertainment, food has gotten sky high there, just wanted to throw that into the conversation.  We went to North Vegas and got to meet  Mary Jane ,( art buddy and friend ) and hubby Jim in person and had a great visit.  I think Jim and Eldon got to say a few words.  Joe, MJ's Dad had some great stories for us and about Texas    Then we were off to Utah and went to a gallery group there and then to our beloved Sedona, Arizona.

This adventure in Sedona I do believe even Stevens  my Sky Diving.  I kid you not.   Nope I think it is even not even Steven but higher up on the scale of adventures so I think hubby is one up on me, not that we race on things we do, because most of them are together, but just wanted to say that.  

We met this lovely girl, well not a girl but seemed like it to us and got to visiting if you can imagine that.   Sedona is known for having the strongest energy vortex areas in the United States and there is one Bell Rock suppose to be the strongest but the most intense to get to.  Well, off we went to go climb it. Mountain climbers and hikers we are not.  Just to remind you of our athletic activities.    Now remember we are not spring chickens, in fact probably middle fall chickens.  Cluck cluck.   It was toasty but we had our water and got there nice and cool in our steel stallion.  Thank goodness for air conditioners.

Here is the view from the car of where we were.  Well, not we but one of us was getting up there. 

I climbed this rock and got to my nice flat rock and Nancy, the guide  was impressed that we got this part fine.  Then next there was this humongous  smooth rock in front of us, it looked like a giant hill to me.   It was just sitting there probably for a million years.  I asked her how are we going to get up that one.  obviously there were no steps and railings there.  She said climb it, I'll help you.  Well, I looked at my feet.  Nope, just human feet with tennis shoes on and hot ones at that.  I said no not me, I don't have mountain goat feet and I am not going a step further.  She and Eldon urged me on and no way Jose,  they said they would help me .  I would be a hindrance  I thought so there on the flat rock I stayed.  We were best of friends, the rock and I for two hours at least.   I did talk to a lot of people that got to our spot and asked how did they get there?  I told them and they would say forget it I am not going any further.   I told them they could talk to God just as well where I was as they could up there.   I also met a young man from Kentucky who had just moved there and he reads Angels and which ones that are around you.  We had a wonderful visit and ended with a hug.  He had the prettiest white teeth and dark ebony skin it just seem to glow and I swear he floated.  I could see him walking down the rock and I saw his feet move but he just seemed like he floated.  I promise, don't think I could make that one up. 

Another view of where I had climbed up this area.  Believe it or not somewhere down there is a parking lot.   Somewhere !!!

The foreground is the rock that became my best friend for a while.  I got to not only visit with humans but a humming bird came and visited me and we had a nice little talk and a lizard.  I didn't say much to him just watched that he and I were not going to share the same space.   I couldn't leave, I didn't have a clue where to go.  Oh I guess I could have wandered around for days and days and finally found the steel stallion but I was quite content there and it was peaceful

I added arrows so you could see where Eldon was going.  I used the telephoto lens here but they were a ways off.   They had water and Eldon did listen to his body and had some rest breaks.  My body would be screaming the whole way saying "what are you doing to me Annette?"  

Up even further, they would wave so I could see them.  Eldon had on a green shirt and could find him except when the trees or scrubs were in the way.   I kept thinking be safe Mr. Eldon who would be my soul mate if you didn't come back?

Eldon going up and fixing to climb to get to the spire.   This is where when I told people where to go they just threw their hands up.  

There they are, made it to the top of the spire and then meditated for a long while.   The people in the foreground were from Kentucky and Tennessee.   Two 18 year old cousins and the mom of one of them. The other mom visited with me.  The made it to the top with our guides help.  I could hear her yelling the instructions to them and up they went.

Kind of a close up of them, they say there is usually a man playing a flute up here but guess he was tired or all fluted out.  Don't know but he wasn't there.    After meditating they safely came down and I was awfully glad to see hubby safe and sound.  I know he was proud to have achieved this accomplishment and I certainly was proud of him.  It wasn't a race or didn't have to prove anything to anyone he just did it.  

From my safe flat rock I also viewed the mermaid formation.  It is all beautiful and red and just  feels good and peaceful there. 

Now you may ask, or not, what do I do when we drive?  We have a nav system but the lady on there does not like how we go and just yells at us and says wrong way or you have to make a u turn, she gets turned off.  I am the navigator, map in hand or the shotgun rider of the steel stallion.   Now when we travel and I have us in the correct direction, I think, I do hand work or draw or something like that.  Sometimes we solve the problems of the world or just talk about what is going on around the area as we go thru it.  I am taking the Crazy Quilt class from Pat Winter and I had put this one together so I could sew beads on it while traveling.  So here is a peek at the almost finished purse.  It is magenta but for some reason that color is a tricky little thing to appear the correct color in photos.   

There you go and thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.
xoxoxoxoxox    Annette