The Move to Florida

Our
time had come to an end , having lived in Sedona Arizona for almost 6
years , it was time to move on. Sedona is a nice place where people most
come  during some sort of life transition and move on when it is time
to resume a so called normal life.


Liking
the desert scenery and the cowboy mentality,  I really wanted to stay
in the southwestern part of the United States, my wife was OK with it,
but she really wanted to move to Florida. We looked at several different
locations including Phoenix, Las Vegas,and San Diego. it was  while
visiting Vegas my wife decided that wherever we moved , there had to be
water and Lake Mead wasn’t going to cut it.


So,
it was off to San Diego, having lived in southern California for
several years, she was OK with that area. The first visit couldn’t have
been better, the climate is perfect and  the scenery is beautiful,
everything was working perfectly and this seemed like the place to be.


The
next order of business was to put our Sedona home up for sale, and
wait. Even though I was looking forward to the move, something about it
just didn’t seem right. However, as determined as we were , we pressed
on with our plans.


Suddenly
in early May, we received an offer on our house! It was a good offer,
the only catch was they wanted to take possession the first of June,
less than 3 weeks away. They seemed sincere so we began making plans to
move, looking back I realize we were over anxious to make something
happen.


Another
trip to San Diego was in the offing and a garage sale to rid ourselves
of the items we wouldn’t need in California. Not realizing it, the
hammer was about to drop. The garage sale had gone well and we were
planning on flying to San Diego the next morning. The real estate agent
 suddenly appeared at our front door about sundown with a drawn face,
the sale had fallen through! Oh great, I had even quit my job.


There
was really no turning back, so we decided to fly to California and try
to figure a way out of this mess. This trip wasn’t as pleasant, it just
seemed like this wasn’t the course to take for various reasons.  We did
put money down on an apartment in Carlsbad, but as soon as we got home ,
we decided against on moving to California, the 10% state income tax
did have an influence on this.


My
wife had been wanting to move to Florida for several years , so maybe
that was the correct move, nothing else was working. Cautiously I began
to do some Internet searches for Florida property. Much to my surprise,
the property was a lot less expensive than I had imagined and much more
affordable than California, I was ecstatic to learn that Florida had no
income tax. What are we waiting for? Let’s go!



We immediately sold our house on a land contract to someone who had
been to our ill fated garage sale, found an apartment in Sarasota
Florida on the internet and began to make plans to move.


All
that was left to do was drive an extra car to Florida,stop to see
family on the way ,fly back to Sedona, load up the Ryder truck and head
east. The die was cast.

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Sedona has a certain mystique about it. Because of all the paranormal happenings that occur there , often times one who lives there gets caught up in the mysticism and the expectation that something of a so called wierd  nature will happen daily.

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When we first moved to Sedona , we spent a lot of time hiking , it gave us much opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful scenery not afforded to people living  in the cloudy Mid West. As we lived in Sedona , the hype couldn’t be avoided concerning all the UFO sightings, abductions, past life remembrances and other phenomenon connected to Sedona.

On the day in question, we decided to hike along the Broken Arrow Trail near Bell Rock  and of course we were aware of all the possibilities of meeting aliens in this neck of the woods. Bell Rock has long been famous for UFO landings and other such irregularities.

Slowly walking up the dirt trail our thoughts were turned to the beautiful scenery surrounding us. Suddenly we began to hear rustling noises coming from the vegetation along side the trail. Stopping in our tracks we tried to determine the direction and also the cause of the sudden interruption to our peace and quiet.
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Looking at each other , we didn’t know how much to proceed with our investigation. It was by far too nice a day to spend being abducted to a far away galaxy. Bravely parting the limbs on a nearby Mesquite Tree, I peered  into the surrounding desert trying to find the perpetrator of the rustling sounds.

Lo and behold, I could not believe what I saw, it was astonishing! Never once would I have imagined what I saw, I didn’t even think this kind of wildlife existed in Sedona. Must be a refuge from a cattle mutilation in Colorado.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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Sedona Arizona Court House Butte

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One of the first and most impressive sights one sees when driving to Sedona through The Village of Oak Creek after exiting  Interstate I-17 is Courthouse  Butte. Standing alongside Bell Rock, the giant red rock rock structures create a formidable sight.
Courthouse Butte is a destination in itself. Due to it’s proximity to Bell Rock
and it’s bell like symmetry, it was originally named Church Rock,
however a mapmaker inadvertently named it Courthouse Butte and the name
stuck.

Courthouse Butte
However it came by it’s name, it is an impressive monument. One can only
believe that Courthouse Butte is more of an appropriate title as it
certainly resembles a courthouse more than a church. Located in one of
the most beautiful areas in the world ,much time can be spent hiking all
the while enjoying the massive red rock cliffs.

There is much interest also in the more esoteric side of this edifice, Sedona
is known world wide as a area of much extraterrestrial  and paranormal
activity. As Courthouse Butte is located next to Bell Rock, it’s
proximity leads it to much activity as well. Legends state that
Courthouse Butte is the perfect area to clear personal judgments and
karma . Although Courthouse Rock isn’t one of the four major vortices’s
in the Sedona area,and not everyone visiting this special area feels
the powers of the vortexes, there is no doubt it carries with it, it’s
own special unique charm.

Whether or not there is anything to this aspect of Sedona, the area lends
itself to many people experiencing enlightenment due if nothing else to
the extreme overwhelming beauty of the area.

Unlike  it’s neighbor, Bell Rock, climbing the Courthouse Butte would be next
to impossible as the walls go straight up. The best avenue of
exploration would be the several hiking trails in the area as they
circumvent both Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock. When hiking these
trails, a side benefit is the chance encounters with wildlife, many
coyotes, rabbits, rattlesnakes and birds such as eagles and ravens can
be encountered and observed.

The whole of the Verde Valley , Sedona area has much to offer the
occasional visitor, spiritual seeker and the yearly resident. With the
beautiful awe inspiring scenery, golf courses ,luxurious hotels and fine
restaurants, there is much to offer even the most discriminating
traveler. It is an area most people would never grow tired of visiting
time and time again regardless of the reason or duration.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Arizona: Montezuma’s Castle

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A must see attraction in Northern Arizona,  Montezuma’s Castle is located just off exit 187 on Interstate 17. Located near the tiny town of Rim Rock , the town featured in many of the John Wayne movies, Montezuma’s Castle was mistakenly named after the Aztec Indian Chief whom the Spaniards thought had traveled this far north.


A short two-hour drive north of Phoenix and only about a half an hour from beautiful, picturesque Sedona, it visiting it is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. If you have the time, spend the whole day in this beautiful and historic part of northern Arizona by combining it with such local attractions as Tuzigoot, an ancient Anasazi hilltop settlement near Cottonwood, Jerome, the old mining town located on the side of Cleopatra Mountain, and Montezuma’s Well which is also  located near Montezuma’s Castle.

 Built by the Sinagua Indians, it is constructed near the top of a tall Verde Valley  limestone cliff, located near a small river, it provided the needed shelter, food and water for the group of natives who occupied it
for several hundred years.


Due to the extreme danger involved in constructing a dwelling of this nature, it demonstrates the Sinagua to be a very daring and able bodied people. The five-story structure contains 20 rooms and was home to about 50 people, there is much evidence that at one time it was a much larger structure.

Built as it is , it was very difficult for invading tribes to penetrate the natural defenses of this structure. The Sinagua occupied this area
from about 1125 A.D. until about 1425 when for unknown reasons they mysteriously disappeared.

It is unknown why they left, but war with the arriving Yavapai tribe, drought , or depletion of the soil due to improper fertilization have
all been suggested as causes for their departure. Many artifacts have been discovered which gives us insight to their way of life and
indicates they were fine artisans and craftsmen.

Having been designated by President Theodore Roosevelt as a National Historical site in 1906, Montezuma’s Castle  became one of the first such designations in the United States. The adjoining museum provides  much information about the life and times of the Signaua to the nearly half million people who come from around the world to learn more of the American Indians and their ways each year.

Due to the many attractions in this area, such as the Verde Valley Railroad, Blazing M Ranch , the many golf courses, and the  proximity of the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff, it’s not hard to spend an entire week in this part of the mystical desert southwest.

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist. There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God! This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth.

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Jerome Arizona

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Built on the side of Cleopatra Mountain, Jerome was founded in 1883. It was named after Eugene Murray Jerome who owned the mineral rights and financed the early  mining operations here. Being the typical mining town it experienced much of the folk lore portrayed in  the western movies of modern day.

With the influx of prostitution, gambling and vice that accompanied the prosperous times, in 1903 the New York Sun proclaimed Jerome to be the wickedest town in the west. In his wilder and more youthful days, Wyatt Earp claimed Jerome as home until he was banned  and as a result never came back.

In the early days Jerome experienced several fires and in consequence  local building codes were implemented where buildings had to be constructed of masonry.  Jerome being surrounded by trees, this helped but did not entirely eliminate the problem.


At an elevation of 7000 feet the town offers a respite from the summer Phoenix heat and the winters can bring several feet of snow almost instantly, one has to be constantly aware of the weather conditions when traveling at these high altitudes in Arizona. In the winter, the weather can change instantly and it isn’t uncommon for people to be stranded for days in their car until help can arrive, be sure to always take plenty of food and water, as well as warm clothes when traveling in the Arizona high country.

Because  the local copper mine  produced enough copper to supply every man, woman, and child on the planet with about 5 pounds of copper it became the largest copper mine of it’s time and as a result the tiny town of Jerome grew to about fifteen thousand people before it began to decline in the early 1950s. The Douglas Mansion an early pioneer  home of 28,000 square feet still exists today and has been recently restored.

Many of the buildings are still  in use today, the jail, which as a result of a dynamite blast at the mine  slid 200 feet  down the mountain and remained intact , the old hospital, House of Joy, and the downtown area still remain much as it did in the early days. The town today attract many people of an independent nature and artists thrive there. Many unusual artifacts and pieces of art work can be found in the  several art galleries that thrive in the area.

With the shopping and several unique restaurants to dine, not to mention the unparalleled view of the Verde Valley and Sedona, it is well worth a days visit, there is no other place like it.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

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Sedona Arizona Juniper Tree

Sedona Arizona, Juniper Tree

This dead Juniper Tree, having spent it’s entire life on Bell Rock overlooking picturesque Sedona is emblematic of many Juniper trees in the Sedona area.

Sedona.has long  been known as a “new age” and art Mecca. Due to the sources of energy in the area it  has an energy not found any where else on earth. The vortexes , of which there are four main ones,Boynton Canyon, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, and the above mentioned Bell Rock emit energy that can affect people, animals, and plants in an unusual manner. This Juniper tree exemplifies how it can affect trees. The vortices emit subtle magnetic and electromagnetic energy which can be detected by humans and plant life alike.

The energy, over time will actually alter the limbs and trunks of trees, the more energy and the longer a tree is exposed to it will cause the limbs to twist into irregular shapes, making them  look like they were twisted in a vise.

It is a wonderful and enlightening place to visit, however if you happen to spend too much time there you could wind up twisted like this Juniper tree.

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Willard and The Inner Earth People

Written by:The Bashful Country Boy

No sooner had I published my article on the inner earth civilization
than my good friend Willard emailed me with an experience he had with
people living in the inner earth.

As many of you know, Willard has contacted me on several occasions
concerning his contact with beings from other dimensions and worlds.

Bell Rock Sunny2.50According to Willard this particular contact came several years ago while Willard
was undergoing a hypnotic session on Bell Rock in
Sedona Arizona. Willard
goes on. “While visiting Sedona earlier that year I had encountered
many unusual phenomenon , including lost time, extreme hunger and a
sort of “out of  it” feeling. It had aroused my interest and wanting to
discover what had created these events in my life, I had to find some answers”

“Not knowing what to expect,I had scheduled a hypnotic session that was
to take place on Bell Rock and also in Boynton Canyon, both areas of
which were known to have high concentrations of UFO and paranormal activities.”


“Having checked into a motel the night before , I arose early the next morning, anxious to see what the day would bring.”

Right on schedule, the hypnotherapist arrived to pick me up and we proceeded to Bell Rock.
Ascending Bell Rock, “Deer” instructed me to find a place that I would
feel  comfortable.  Nearing a Manzanita tree, I settled under the shade
and readied my self for whatever might transpire.
Boynton Canyon

Willard goes on,”What happened next completely blew off my socks,
having entered into a hypnotic trance and  observing a couple past
lives, I began to feel a tremendous pull on my right elbow, it was like
I was being cemented to the rock, the pressure was so strong it
actually hurt my elbow.There was a tremendous urge to stop the session,
however my curiosity was aroused, I had to find out what was going to
happen.”
“I began to sense a large deposit of quartz crystal beneath Bell Rock
and Sedona itself. Below or near this crystal “city” , I began
observing the underworld, I could see giant mastodons roaming the
countryside next to a river, there were also people who were farming ,
fishing and carrying on their daily lives.  The whole scene was very
surreal because the landscape was being illuminated by a dim sun
shining from above.”
“Up until this point in time , I had never read or knew anything of a so-called underground or inner earth people.
” I hadn’t read about Admiral Byrd’s experience where he  supposedly flew over an opening in the earth at the North Pole.”
“Needless to say the whole experience left me speechless, if this
didn’t exist, how could I see it, some would say it was only an
illusion, however, the Australian Aborigine believes all of life is an illusion, or dreaming. They actually believe we exist only because we believe it, or dream it.
They can actually track someone across solid rock because they believe
an individual leaves a track in the “ethers” that a properly trained
“tracker” can follow.”
“Maybe we can all do the same thing and that is how people see other
dimensions or realities, after all, two people can be sitting next to
each other and observe a reality from two extremely different
perspectives.
 “After much research and real life experiences,It seems to me there has to be alternate or parallel universes.”
” I liken it to a radio where we change the station or frequency if we
want to hear different music or a ball game. Maybe we just change
frequencies in much the same way to experience different life times or
periods in history. Maybe that is where the dreaming comes in, it was
the aborigine’s way of describing the life experience.”
Willard goes on,” Maybe all of life is an illusion, it has become well
known knowledge that we create our future by the actions and decisions
we make in the “now”. Maybe somewhere the inner earth people exist or have existed and we can tap into those experiences by just changing the frequency of our thinking.”
Whenever Willard appears, it always opens up a new level of thinking.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

Enlightenment

At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist. There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God!

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