Sedona Movies

Not only has Sedona become a favorite vacation destination, artist colony and new age mecca, it has also been a favorite location for the Hollywood set.

Beginning in 1923, many movies and commercials have been and continue to be filmed in this red rock paradise. Most of the movies were “Western” movies produced in black and white, it would have added so much to the movies if they were in color.

One of the most popular modern day movies filmed in the area was National Lampoon’s “Vacation”, starring Chevy Chase. 

It is the scene where aunt Edith is tied to the roof of the car and they are stopped overlooking  a valley. That scene was shot on Schnebly Hill Road just before the road descends into the Verde Valley. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Sedona: Some of the Interesting People In Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

Many people live and visit Sedona every year.

They come from all walks of life and many times see and experience things they never imagined would be possible.

They have seen a side of life many of us never have an opportunity to observe. Their experiences give them a different perspective than we may have, even though we cannot understand or comprehend their point of view, that doesn’t make their knowledge invalid or out of the realm of possibility.

We were once at a private party with a group of people we vaguely knew. One of the gentleman present would go out into the desert at night and take a photo of the empty night sky, when he processed the film there would be lights in the sky that came from an unknown origin.

This was well documented and many people over time, had been with him when it actually happened.

As I conversed with them that evening I noticed they all had a necklace with what looked like a dream catcher with a miniature spare plug in the middle. The necklace seemed interesting and in it’s own way was very unique.

As I questioned them about it, I was told it was a transponder; since this was  shortly before the new millennial, they all felt that at midnight on New Year’s Eve,  the top would come off of Bell Rock, the extraterrestrials would emerge and with this necklace, the people wearing the necklace would be  able to communicate with them.

Obviously, this never happened, but who can say, maybe in  the future, an event like this will come about, and maybe some piece of jewelry would be necessary to communicate, who knows?

In this universe, with all the infinite possibilities, anything can be possible.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

Journey to enlightenment

Searching beyond conventional wisdom. Open new avenues in your spiritual search.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

A New Perspective On Life

 

Written by Gary Wonning

In 1982,  three events took place in my life that made me question everything I thought I knew.

Two young friends were killed in separate farming accidents.  Both men were young, nice guys and recently married, and both men’s wives were pregnant.

The first instance occurred on the farm where my ancestors settled in southern Indiana in eighteen fifty-three when migrating from Germany.

It was in the autumn and they were busy filling the silo with corn to feed the cattle during the Midwestern  winter.

The silo was one of the older ones constructed out of cement and held together with iron bands around the sides. The young man was up in the top of the silo when one of the bands suddenly broke and the silo came crashing down with the man inside.  A freak accident, if the band had broken just a few minutes before or a few minutes after it did, no one would have been injured.

The next incident involved another friend of mine, he was driving a self propelled combine into a corn field when a wheel fell into a rut he had not seen.

The combine tipped over and he passed away when his head hit the side of the cab on the combine. In reality, this should not have happened as the rut wasn’t that deep.

About this same time, because of an incident in my life, I began questioning the existence of God and if he did exists, why did he let these things happen to good people.

I talked to clergy from which I always received the same answer, “It’s God’s Will.” To me that was  a non answer. Why would God will that one person had to endure this when the next person didn’t?

I belonged to the Masonic Lodge and I began asking what the hidden meanings of masonry were. Even though the brothers were well versed in ritual, no one really knew what the hidden mysteries were.

After much research, I discovered there were no hidden mysteries, they right out there in plain sight, ready for us to understand them when we reach a level of understanding to fully comprehend them.

The same with the “Will of God.” When we are ready to understand, the answer will come.

Each person will come to a different understanding, based on his knowledge and the situation in his life.

But through it all, I reached a new understudying of life, God , and the challenges we all face.

A new perspective on life. 

Journey to enlightenment

Searching beyond conventional wisdom. Open new avenues in your spiritual search.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

We Have A Prosperity Disease

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written by Gary Wonning

It is often said that Americans have become lazy and  fat.

In many ways this is probably true.

The generations before, in comparison to the baby boomer’s and the generations that followed them , grew up in poverty.

In comparison to today’s standards, there weren’t any wealthy people. The work was hard, wages low, even if you owned your own business, and there weren’t many opportunities for a luxurious vacation or lifestyle. Regardless of one’s wealth, life was hard and unforgiving.

After world war two, that all began to change,   new advances in technology brought about a whole new lifestyle for most. Compared to the standards of yesterday, very few people live in poverty in this country.

With the rise in income and opportunity, our wealth as a country rapidly increased, along with it new gadgets and adult toys, cars, etc, took over our lives.

Restaurants sprang up every where. In the fifties, there weren’t that many restaurants, and hardly any were open on Sunday. As we grew tired of eating bare substance food, our diets began enjoying the addition of steaks, high fat and sugary foods, along with a more sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise, we began to indulge and overeat.

Soon we were gaining weight and consequently out weighed and were taller than our ancestors.

This opulence has created many issues today, health issues being at the forefront.

When traveling to other countries, it is easy to distinguish the Americans from the rest of the world, we are much bigger and fatter than they are.

We have also succumbed to abandoning our values that made our country great, and as many great civilizations before us, we face the danger of being victims of our own success.

But the future is in our hands, we can use our prosperity to our advantage.

Art Prints

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Sedona Disappearances In Secret Canyon

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

Sedona is full of mystery and intrigue. Over the years many events have taken place that defy explanation. Among those events are the disappearances in Secret Canyon, about six miles northwest of  town. 

In this same canyon, located behind the Enchantment Resort,  people have been known to enter and never return or be seen again, disappearing completely from the face of the earth, Where did they go?

Photography Prints

 

A few years ago, a park ranger, someone well versed in survival and one who would know the area extremely well walked into Secret Canyon and never returned; after an extensive search including blood hounds, helicopters, and search parties  no remains were ever found and his fate is still unknown.

A visitor to Sedona once remarked that the last thing she wanted to do was fly over Secret Canyon. As her plane was returning to the Sedona airport after flying over the canyon, her plane crashed, and she was instantly killed. 

Be careful of what you say, because of the synchronization of the area, many times wishes come true instantly.  Thoughts become words and words become actions. 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Sedona Vortex: The Indiana Pacers Hat

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

Sometimes people’s imaginations run wild when visiting Sedona, people automatically assume they will have some life changing metaphysical experience.  It doesn’t always work that way.

Once my wife and I were hiking on Bell Rock and we met a couple coming down from the top of  the vortex.

I’m from Indiana and I noticed the young girl was wearing an Indiana Pacers hat.

I realized the possibility of someone wearing such a hat not being from the Hoosier State would be rare, and also looking to strike up a conversation, I asked her if they were indeed from Indiana.

Her eyes widened, she was thinking she was about to have a mystical experience and met a true mystic.

Excited, she asked me, “How did you know?”

With a slight grin, I replied, “You have an Indiana Pacers hat on.”

The excitement turned to disappointment as she realized there would be no extraterrestrial encounter at this time. 

After a short conversation, we realized we did indeed have a mutual acquaintance, that in itself provided the evidence that Sedona does indeed provide a platform for synchronicisity, 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Great Stirrup Caye: Bahamas

 

Great Stirrup Cay is a 268-acre  island that is part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Line purchased the island from the Belcher Oil Company in 1977 and developed it into a private island for their cruise ship passengers

Tropical scene

The northern part of the island has a sandy beach surrounded by rocks with snorkeling areas. The southern part features a helicopter airfield (with a sign reading “Great Stirrup Cay International Airport”), a large area without vegetation, and numerous concrete blocks. These are all remnants of a previous U.S. military installation and satellite tracking station.

Tropical Scene

Great Stirrup was a pirate hideout while the British settled in Nassau and the larger islands until 1815. This time marks the first documented settlers of Great Stirrup, and many of the structures from this settlement still stand today.

Tropical Scene

 

“Stirrup’s Cay” remained active during the American Civil War, as the Confederates wished to continue to export cotton to Europe. The island was used as a landfall for provisioning while Federal warships patrolled the area to thwart their efforts. After the abolition of slavery, the British began to slowly withdraw from the out island colonies, and the plantation at Great Stirrup was abandoned. 

Tropical Scene

During World War II the United States, in an effort to protect its eastern shores, came to the Bahamas and Great Stirrup with a wide array of observational and defensive equipment. Among these were submersible cables, which were run along the ocean floor to listen for enemy submarines. Two “cable houses” still stand on the southeastern shore of the island, now overgrown by jungle. The United States Air Force later constructed a LORAC (LOng Range ACcuracy) radio-navigation station for use during the early space shuttle launches. This facility was later leased to Motorola and other private sector companies as contractors to the United States Air Force out of Patrick AFB near Satellite Beach, Florida. New, more accurate GPS technology made the station obsolete, and it was closed in 1991 and the antenna, equipment and radials were removed.

Great Stirrup Caye

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.