May is a great month! Every Friday, Anthem Park hosts concerts on Friday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. Humans and dogs ascend with picnics to listen to tunes and enjoy the evening. For me, it means two visits to the park in one day! Yeah baby! I love sniffing replies to the messages I left earlier and meeting more of my kind. It’s a free, fun event.
June, however, begins the hot season. Like a switch, the temperatures rose as we flipped the calendar over. Eeesh. I’m a Colorado dog who loves snow! I’ve adapted and love living in Phoenix with my family, but hot is hot. This weekend we didn’t go for our normal Saturday adventure. My folks went off to see a movie…without me. Sigh. At least I was inside where it is nice and cool. I’m grateful for air conditioning, aren’t you?
Sunday is usually our day of rest, but mom and dad were up early. They packed the car and loaded me in it. We got on the 17 north, so I knew an adventure of some kind was in my future. Oh boy! We took the exit toward Cottonwood, and dad said we were heading to Sedona the backway. Sedona is a magical place. Whether it is sunny, snowing, or raining from monsoons, the red rock is beautiful. We always meet such nice people when hiking the trails.
We started off at Soldier’s Pass, but the parking lot was full. The trailhead only allows 14 cars at a time. I’m not good at math, but that seems small. We waited for quite a while, and then dad decided we better bail. Apparently, we had late lunch plans with friends who were driving in from California.
So off to Airport Road we went. Once again, the parking lot was small, but we were able to get a spot because someone was leaving. Airport Rock is a vortex that is easy to walk to, so lots of people park, see it, and then leave. We counted on that, and we were right. We weren’t going up to the top of the vortex, though. We were taking the Airport Loop trail that goes around the vortex.
The trail starts off flat with expansive views of all of Sedona. It’s breathtaking! I was eager and excited until I realized there wasn’t much shade on this trail. Was it in my head or did it get really hot? Maybe a little bit of both, combined with the fact that we had snow just a week ago here in Phoenix. I still have my winter coat on!
Anyway, the trail is 3.5 miles around. Nothing but views. Mom texted Jamie, the female human, and they had some miscommunication due to the time zone. They thought we were an hour ahead of them, but we are on the same time zone this time of year. That meant that now we were meeting sooner for lunch, and we had to pick up the pace to get there. Ugh. I wouldn’t call it hiking at this point; it was more like trail running. My tongue got big and fat! My dad gave me plenty of water, but I just had to lay in the shade. We didn’t rest long and off we went again.
Half way around, the trail follows the fencing of the actual Sedona Airport. You can hear airplanes taking off. It begins to climb here, and that didn’t help. It isn’t really steep, but in the heat, I felt it. It’s a gradual climb up until ¾ of the way when it turns back around toward the parking lot.
We actually missed the trail and ended up at the vista parking lot. At this point, I was done, so my mom and I sat in the shade while my dad went to get the car, which was down the hill a little further. Some nice humans from Houston said hello. Hey, I used to live there! Were we neighbors? The shade felt good, and before I knew it, we were sitting at Mesa Grill atop the Sedona Airport. The cement was cool, and the water refreshing. Mom even ordered a breakfast for her lunch so I could have some bacon. She’s the best! I forgot all about the heat.
Mom, Dad, Pete, and Jamie caught up over their meals, and then we parted ways. They were camping here in Sedona, and we were heading back home. Traffic wasn’t too bad for late Sunday, and we were home lickedy split. With the temperatures rising, be sure you and your canines have plenty of water. As for me, I spent today resting in the air conditioning. Ahh….
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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