This year is already great! We began 2019 by heading up to Sedona. We hit the road early, and we hardly saw a soul on I-17 north of Phoenix. My mom said people were sleeping off their new year’s celebrations. Even when we drove through Oak Canyon, the traffic was very light. We didn’t have to stop at any of the round-a-bouts and kept moving. That made my daddy happy.
Should you and your family make the trip, Sedona is normally much busier, and parking at the Bell Rock lot can be tough. Normally, people have to wait for someone to leave before they can park. Your humans will need to either stop at the visitor’s center or have a national park pass.
My mom put my snow jacket on and their snow boots. We were off! We have done the Courthouse Butt trail before but not with more than six inches of snow on the ground. It snowed the night before but cleared out. The sky was a bright blue, and the sun was shining so brightly. It was like nature was saying “Happy New Year!” Back at you!
You have other options at this trail head. One goes to the left and heads over to Bell Rock. This trial is heavily traveled because it is scenic, short, and easy. Expect slow walking due to all the people and pets. We chose to go to the right for the 4.5 miles loop around Courthouse Butte. You still get great views of Bell Rock but you also get to look down on Sedona. This trail is more moderate with slight elevation gain. Nothing me and my family couldn’t handle. Woof!
I was in my element. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, I felt at home with the chilly temperatures and snow on my paws. My folks had jackets, hats, and gloves, so they were fine, too. Even though it wasn’t hot, we still needed water. Be sure you are always prepared with outdoor adventures.
We hiked about half way and found some rocks to sit on for a picnic lunch. Dad made hot tea for my mom, and I chowed down some jerky. Yum! We began seeing people on the trail. I guess people finally woke up! As the day progressed, it got busier. That meant I was worshiped and adored. I also got to say hi to some of my peeps.
Before we knew it, we were back to the car. It was chaos! Lots of cars were waiting to get spots, so we timed it just right. Sedona is gorgeous any time of year, but if you ever have the chance to see it in the snow, take it. You won’t regret it. It is truly magical.
I don’t remember the drive back. I guess I was more tired than I thought. Oh, what a great day and start to the new year. See you out there!
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!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!