Impressions of Sedona

January 13, 2016,

In May 2015 I attended my brother’s wedding in Phoenix, Arizona. I was expecting to simply attend the wedding, be with family, have a couple of days of R&R by the pool surrounded by cactus and fragrant rosemary hedges.

The day following the wedding, my sisters and I decided to take a little trip to Sedona and off we went. I was captured and in awe with scenery from the get-go. Being born and raised in Montreal, Quebec my vision of the world either was white, desolate winters or of lush and colourful springs, summers and autumns.

Image of Sedona by Ilena Ciricillo - IG: @ilenacThe tumbleweeds, cactus, low rocky hills and the vastness of the highway while driving towards Sedona were foreign and so other. When in front me starting looming the coloured rocks of Sedona they seemed as though someone had put them there as a backdrop for a Western.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross carved out of the mountain, the flowering cactus, the looming stone mountains; everything was nothing like I had seen before. I was snapping photos and just as I thought I would get used to the scenery, upon turning around to take another photo, the mountain I had just seen moments before struck me again as if for the first time.

When I got back to my brother’s place he asked me how I ‘liked’ Sedona. There are no words for how I ‘liked’ Sedona.Impressions of Sedona by Ilena Ciricillo / at happiestwhenexploring . com (Image by Anita Ritenour via Creative Commons)
Cover photo and above image by Anita Ritenour via Creative Commons

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  • Reply Ilena January 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    WOW! Upon rereading this post and seeing the photos again I realize…wow!
    I would go back in a heartbeat. Thank you for the chance to relive Sedona.

  • Reply Latrice Ciricillo January 13, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I love this. I am glad you enjoyed our State. It awes me daily! The pictures are magnificent!

  • Reply Laura Verbich January 13, 2016 at 7:04 pm


  • Reply Mike January 14, 2016 at 1:21 am

    So glad you enjoyed Az. Welcome back anytime – you have a place to stay!!

    • Reply Ilena C. January 16, 2016 at 3:49 am

      Thank you! And the next time we will go together with your family, too!

  • Reply Celia January 20, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Love those pictures, definitely makes me think of my afternoon adventure at the Grand Canyon.

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring January 20, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      <3 ... your pictures are so amazing, too!

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