Cathedral Rock, Sedona, AZ
Sixth sense might be real if you live in Sedona, AZ. According to the Travel Channel Sedona is in the top psychic cities in the US (among New Orleans and Asheville, NC, and Lily Dale, NY).
Sedona is the home of the Yavapai-Apache, who held a spring ceremony every year at Boynton Canyon where the Great Spirit Mother gave birth to the human race. Historically, the Red Rocks were not supposed to be resided on as they were considered very sacred. According to the New Age community, Sedona is also one of the world’s greatest hotspots for psychic energy and it creates portals that enhance consciousness.
From the Bigfoot to the UFO sightings Sedona boasts some of the most breathtaking tales. The strength of the energy alone allegedly is enough to twist the juniper trees which cover a big part of Sedona rocky terrains.
Sedona owes its vortex-rich reputation to Page Bryant who in 1980 referred to four of his most popular meditation spots (Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, Boynton Canyon, and Bell Rock) as ‘vortexes’.
Sedona has a population of 10,377 (2021). Its land area is 19.07 sq mi. It's located at an elevation of 4,350 ft. And it is the 44th largest city in Arizona.
Sedona has been inhabited as far back as 11,500 BC. Among the tribes that lived there were the Sinagua people, the Yavapai people, and the Apache. The first caucasian settlers arrived in the area in 1876. And the first post office was built in the 20th century. In the 1950s there were only 155 registered citizens in Sedona’s phone book.
What truly captivated us and inspired this design were Sedona’s sandstone formations deposited during the Permian Period 298.9 - 251.902 mil years ago (Mya) and an iconic Cathedral Rock. They appear to glow with fiery oranges and reds when illuminated by the sunset or sunrise and are striking with a blue sky in the backdrop.
Sedona was named after Theodore Carlton Shnebly’s (the city’s first postmaster) wife Sedona Arabella Miller. Its name and landscapes have appeared since then in multiple movies (including Desert Fury) and songs (including Aerosmith’s ‘Sedona Sunrise’)
P.S. If you only saw Sedona on this water bottle - go spend at least a few hours there on the day trip. It is well worth it! And remember to always stay hydrated! 😉💦
My original last name (Pasichnyk) means the beekeeper if translated literally to English. My extended grandfather had a few beehives and my childhood memories definitely included the smell of the fresh honey, stories about bees, and then large glass jars used to store honey for the whole year till the next season comes. There were dark brown jars with buckwheat honey, bright yellow with the mixture of the field blooms, and then very pale almost white jars made from acacia pollen. One thing I learned was that honey bees are crucial to our ecosystem. They make sure we have fruits each year, and that the plants flourish and are able to give us their rich harvests. That's why the initiative of the Pollinator Partnership is so important. As is buying your honey supply from the local sustainable producers. And moreover, the honey made from the bloom in the area where you reside is known to cure allergies as it introduces your body to the pollen gradually and consistently.
Protect Our Winters
This one is special. Just as they state on their front page: Your passion for the outdoors can help save it. This guy who is a professional snowboarder (Jeremy Jones) has always been an inspiration for me. He turned winter sports into art. His lines and routes were unheard-of and following his trips through the photos that he would post was always a huge tease. But most importantly he made his statement clear. We thrive in the snow and the great outdoors and the climate issues can drastically change that. So if you love your winter ski trips - Help to Protect Our Winters. They have currently a few initiatives and a clear 'game plan' with instructions for those interested to get involved. For this simplicity and a great spirit, I would love to support them! (And in case you wandered the name Couloir is actually a mountaineering term used a lot by 'free riders' which means a passage in the mountains or a corridor.Think of those Red Bull videos where a helicopter drops off the skier at the top of the mountain from which they then descend between the rocky 'corridor' producing a beautiful symmetrical curve.)
Arizona Humane Society
This one was a no-brainer. Half of our adventure photos include the two dogs: a lab and a husky. And while a lab was lucky to be born on a nice farm with a huge yard, a husky wasn't so much. He was found on the streets of Tucson wandering aimlessly. He then was adopted at the age of around two years. The sweetest dog ever (literally - he loooves everything baked and ones ate the whole pack of the Hawaiian rolls while we were away and left them on the table).However, thinking of him wandering the streets of the Southern city is heart-breaking. While coyotes have adapted to the striking heat of this state - other dogs haven't and heat can kill them very fast. I have personally known a few of the organization's representatives and I believe they are a highly professional team that helps the pets that were less lucky.
Wolf Conservation Center
Now, this might sound a little weird... Since I was a kid, I was obsessed with the wolves. I remember watching the movie Balto and falling in love with wolves. That children's story about the brave wolf-dog who saved the town in Alaska melted my heart as well as many other kids'.
But jokes aside - wolves are crucial to our environment. They help to control the population of herbivores and ensure that the latter have enough food for their families.
Ocean Clean Up
This one is pretty obvious. Most of the planet Earth is covered by oceans. I'm sure everyone has at least once googled those awful plastic trash islands. Ocean pollution is real. So this was the least 'romantic' choice for us to support. It is just something that really matters. Period.