This image was taken exactly 2 months ago today in Slide Rock SP just north of Sedona, AZ. The only reason I’ve posted it is because I saw a very similar image on the news this morning. The only difference between the two is that the picture I saw this morning had a great deal of smoke in the background. Apparently, the remarkably beautiful area known as Oak Creek Canyon is on fire. Worse, it’s out of control and growing. Not only is this heavily forested canyon in grave danger – so are a number of very nice (and very expensive) houses. They’ve also closed the northern route into Sedona (89A). That will impact Sedona economically, especially with the Memorial Day weekend coming up.
Oak Creek Canyon is one of those places you can happily lose yourself in. You don’t need to walk very far to get to places that are, except for the sound of running water, extremely quiet. It’s a little like the Narrows at Zion. You have to cross Oak Creek a number of times along the way (not always easy) but you can get to places like this:
When I reached this point I simply sat down. Just to watch the stream. And listen. It’s not a unique location, I’m sure, and it’s certainly not a unique image. But both are good enough for me.
If I’m right, this particular spot is very close to the current fire. If so, that’s a little sad. Lying just behind this point of view is a magnificent pine forest. Miles and miles of trees. If they all burn, it just won’t be the same place for a very long time.
I’ve also read that the fire was “set”. If so, my only question is: Why? What possible reason could there be? It’s just baffling.