Between Sedona Arizona And Mizpe Ramon Israel

In the late eighties we spent a sabbatical in Tucson Arizona. Driving from snowy Iowa City in late December, to a place where the sun was shining on the colorful mountains and the air smelt of citrus blooming, I felt like I had reached paradise.

During that semester we did a lot of travelling in the Southwest. We were especially impressed with the magnificent formations and the different colors of the mountains. One favorite destination was Red Rock Canyon in Northern Arizona, where we stayed in Sedona, the quaint town by the Canyon.

A year later when we returned to Israel, we drove one  afternoon to Mizpe Ramon (Ramon Observation Point) on the rim of the Ramon Crater, and were struck by the beauty of the place.

Please keep readin in the Times Of Israel 

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/between-sedona-arizona-and-mizpe-ramon/

 

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Rosy Cole on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:06

Much enjoyed this fascinating article. A picturesque exercise in compare and contrast :) I hope it will stir the 'powers that be'.

Thank you!

Much enjoyed this fascinating article. A picturesque exercise in compare and contrast :) I hope it will stir the 'powers that be'. Thank you!
Orna Raz on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 02:25

Thank you dear Rosy for your kind comment. Mizpe Ramon is very close to my heart, and it makes me sad to see that nothing happens there. 27 years ago I fell in love with Sedona, and now to celebrate my 60th birthday last month Johnny and I are visiting all the beautiful places that I remembered all those years.

Thank you dear Rosy for your kind comment. Mizpe Ramon is very close to my heart, and it makes me sad to see that nothing happens there. 27 years ago I fell in love with Sedona, and now to celebrate my 60th birthday last month Johnny and I are visiting all the beautiful places that I remembered all those years.
Anonymous on Monday, 09 February 2015 19:55

A day for recollections, this 9th of February. This is the third post this morning that evoked distinct memories.

In March 1971, at the age of 37, on the way to Sedona, somewhere between Route 10, west of Tucson, and Toozigoot, Arizona on route 89A, I saw stars for the first time in my life. Except for time in the military which took me to upstate New York; Okmulgee, Oklahoma; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Roswell, New Mexico and Essex County, England I had lived most of my years in Philadelphia where I grew up and Los Angeles. I moved to L.A. when I was 28. In neither Philly nor L.A. are there stars. Of course I didn't know that until I got out of my car at a lookout point on 89A. It was already dark when I turned onto 89A, a road I'd never travelled, and with one 15 mph turn on top of another I couldn't glance to the left or right. Finally, I became impatient to see where I was and, if possible, where I had been. My wife -- at the time -- stayed in the car. She didn't share my curiosity. Forty-four years later that sight is as alive as if it were last night. Stars! There are places where the sky is a solid mass of white. The sky blazed with stars and whatever other bodies fired that night. That experience raised questions that still haunt me. Science has charted space beyond space. "What is the stars?" a Sean O'Casey hero asked. What indeed! How far has science charted and what is beyond that? Nothing? What is nothing? So I ponder: ...

That we ask of the stars in motion
If they have rumor of thee there? -- Francis Thompson, In No Strange Land

A day for recollections, this 9th of February. This is the third post this morning that evoked distinct memories. In March 1971, at the age of 37, on the way to Sedona, somewhere between Route 10, west of Tucson, and Toozigoot, Arizona on route 89A, I saw stars for the first time in my life. Except for time in the military which took me to upstate New York; Okmulgee, Oklahoma; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Roswell, New Mexico and Essex County, England I had lived most of my years in Philadelphia where I grew up and Los Angeles. I moved to L.A. when I was 28. In neither Philly nor L.A. are there stars. Of course I didn't know that until I got out of my car at a lookout point on 89A. It was already dark when I turned onto 89A, a road I'd never travelled, and with one 15 mph turn on top of another I couldn't glance to the left or right. Finally, I became impatient to see where I was and, if possible, where I had been. My wife -- at the time -- stayed in the car. She didn't share my curiosity. Forty-four years later that sight is as alive as if it were last night. Stars! There are places where the sky is a solid mass of white. The sky blazed with stars and whatever other bodies fired that night. That experience raised questions that still haunt me. Science has charted space beyond space. "What is the stars?" a Sean O'Casey hero asked. What indeed! How far has science charted and what is beyond that? Nothing? What is nothing? So I ponder: ... That we ask of the stars in motion If they have rumor of thee there? -- Francis Thompson, In No Strange Land
Orna Raz on Monday, 09 February 2015 20:25

Such a beautiful description, thank you dear Charlie, looking forward to more about landscapes and people:-)

Such a beautiful description, thank you dear Charlie, looking forward to more about landscapes and people:-)
Anonymous on Monday, 09 February 2015 20:06

There is much I'd like to say about Sedona itself but I don't want to wear out my welcome.

There is much I'd like to say about Sedona itself but I don't want to wear out my welcome.
Orna Raz on Monday, 09 February 2015 20:24

Dear Charlie, would love to hear about your Sedona

Dear Charlie, would love to hear about your Sedona
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