Sedona State of Mind

March 18, Saturday


A hissing sound becomes audible when I turn on my water pump, and the pump can’t seem to build pressure, it keeps cycling. This can’t be good.

Actually, I end up being really lucky.

First of all, I trace the sound to the city water connector underneath my ‘office’ bench seat. This is the first bit of luck because this bit of plumbing is easy to access for repair. The storage cubby is soggy. Luckily most everything I store under there is in a plastic bin which has kept it from getting wet. None of my belongings are damaged.

Lucky also that I’m camping in a dry climate where the humidity has been dropping below 20% during the day. There’s no visible mold, and it won’t take long to dry everything out. I haul everything out of the cubby and keep the door propped open (for most of the next seven days actually, just make sure it’s really completely dry).

I’m also lucky that the Arizona branch of Little House Customs (a shop dedicated to Casita modifications and repairs) is only an hour away. I call Konrad up and he can get me in just two days from now on Monday. Not only that, but he has a single replacement city water connector in stock, lucky again. I don’t use the pump for the next two days, draining water from my fresh tank into a gallon jug that I set next to the toilet for flushing purposes. Another sits in the kitchen for dishes. It’s not that hard a problem to get around.

March 20, Monday

I pull into Konrad’s around 10:15 in the morning and he gets to work drilling out the rivets for the old city water connector and putting the new one in. Neither of us are quite sure why the seal failed. Typically this is a problem caused by freezing weather, but Cas hasn’t seen freezing temperatures since New Mexico back at the beginning of January. Either way, the new one goes on and the problem is fixed. I can use my on-board water again!

I drive back out to my same camp in Sedona on Forest Road 525C and by 1 pm am unhitched and settled back in. It’s days like today that I really love the simplicity of a small RV. I can go from completely spread out in a site to packed up, hitched, and ready to roll in an hour without much rush. Going from travel mode to camping mode takes even less time.

March 24, Friday

Yesterday was a rare rainy day. I stay inside, working on the computer and reading. This morning the sun is shining and the juniper trees surrounding camp are extra fragrant. Everything smells and looks fresh and new. I enjoy the sound of water flowing in the wash by camp while having breakfast outside.

That same wash cuts across 525C.

When boondocking, it’s important to keep things like washes in mind when picking out a site if there’s rain in the forecast. Having seen it when dry I know that this particular wash is fine to cross. The bottom is rocky and solid, there are no holes to worry about. All the same I wait until the afternoon to run into town to do my errands to minimize the amount of mud on Bertha.

March 28, Tuesday

After lunch today, Brian and his dog Stella pile into Bertha and we drive out to the Boynton Canyon trailhead. Boynton Canyon trail is somewhere between five and six miles round trip, literature can’t seem to agree. It’s an out and back style trail, with a brief 0.2 mile detour near the start to Boynton Pass Vortex.

According to, a vortex site is: “A special spot on the earth where energy is either entering into the earth or projecting out of the earth’s plane.” The website goes on to say that all of Sedona is considered a vortex, but there are a few locations where the energy is described as being more intense, strong enough where a person might actually feel it. Boynton Pass is one such spot.

At the vortex site

Of course we take the detour. I can’t say that I feel anything special at the top of the rise, other than a deep appreciation for nature and my life that I always experience on beautiful hikes like this. After returning home from the hike I discover that for the best experience, you’re suppose to find a quiet place away from others and sit still for a while. Maybe next time!

I was hopeful that the clouds would make for more interesting photographs, like on my Chimney Rock hike on the 25th (covered in the previous blog post), but at the start of the hike the sky is nearly overcast. I lighten these photos of the vortex area to make the foreground easier to see which inevitably washes out the sky. Oh well.

As could be expected, the trail follows the bottom of a canyon, and red rock cliffs rise on either side. At first, there’s a lot of juniper and shrubs.

Farther in, the trees grow taller and soon we’re walking through a woods of pine, maple, and oak. It’s interesting to see the change. The leaves are just coming out on the maples.

We don’t make it to the end, having arrived later in the day there is some concern about making it out while it’s still light. Still, I’m very happy with this hike and would recommend it.

It’s said that there is night life to be found in Sedona every day of the week.

After going back to camp to change and freshen up, we drive back into Sedona in the evening to test this. Vino Di Sedona hosts an open mic night on Tuesdays, and we check that out first and have dinner. I order Naan pizza. For those not familiar with Indian food, Naan is a kind of flat bread. The thought of making a pizza out of it intrigues me, and yes it is very good.

I’m not much of a alcohol drinker, but as the name probably suggests, Vino Di Sedona is a wine place. Brian and I do order little sample sizes of the two Meads they have, both are tasty. The music is fun, the atmosphere is nice. I’m glad we came.

Sunset from the patio at Vino Di Sedona

After that we make a stop at Oak Creek Brewing Co for drum circle night. This place isn’t any fancy, you sit inside with the kettles or out on the patio. It feels less like a tourist stop and more like someplace the locals frequent. It’s a neat contrast to the last place, and the drumming is fun. Brian enjoys his beer, and then we head home.

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  1. Winnie on April 3, 2017 at 5:24 am

    B, while in the area, check out the V Bar B national historic site east of I17 north of Rimrock. Open weekends. Largest and best preserved petroglyphs in the area.

    • Becky on April 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Doesn’t look like I’ll have time this visit Winnie, I’ll keep it in mind for my next trip through.

  2. Carl on April 1, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Thank you! I will check out the hitching rods!
    Be safe! Have Fun!

    • Becky on April 3, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      You’re welcome Carl!

  3. Rie on April 1, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Nice pictures.
    Since 1960, this is home for me. Okay, all my life. Actually, I’m in the Valley between Sedona and Jerome, so I get to see both.

    Someplace in my photographs I have a picture of a flash flood at Fossil Creek. It’s insane to think that Creek could ever get that high and that muddy chocolate brown. Someday maybe I’ll blog about it!

    • Becky on April 3, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      I didn’t understand flash flooding until I came to the desert Rie, you just don’t see stuff like that out east! I bet it’s a good photo.

      If I had to live stationary somewhere, I think this would be a good choice. I want to see it in the winter with snow sometime.

  4. J. Dawg on March 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Nice pictures. Several years ago, I spent a morning at the Vortex. Had a good vibe the whole time. Lots of good hiking around Sedona.

    • Becky on March 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Cool J. Dawg, I’ll have to go back and try again sometime. Glad you enjoyed this.

  5. Seana on March 31, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Becky! I just discovered you about a week ago and am so glad I did. I’ve barely scratched the surface of the abundance of information that is on your website. Thank you, thank you. You are so inspirational and I’m so excited for your adventures! I cant believe you’re in Sedona the same week I found your blog because, not to sound creepy, but I happen to live here!! I was startled to recognize some places you photographed, haha. A really good friend’s parents own that business, I feel like telling them they had an RV celebrity dine with them and they didnt even know it!
    Anyway, I’d to compliment and thank you for the dedication, information and clarity you pour into your website. It has been my most useful tool thus far! I’m in the prelimanary steps of full-timing, scared as hell but so excited theres no way I’ll quit haha.
    Can’t wait to see where you going next!!

    • Becky on March 31, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Welcome to IO Seana and I’m glad you’re finding my blog informative! It’s funny how small the world can be. Sadly I left Sedona a couple days ago and am now in Cottonwood for a bit until the snow to the north clears, then it’s up to Utah. It sure was a fun place to visit though, and if I had to live stationary somewhere I think Sedona would be a good choice. Best of luck to you as you prepare to hit the road. Yes, it’s a pretty scary process, but the effort will pay off! Take care.

  6. Bill Davies on March 31, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Again the pictures are awesome! The tree with the white clouds behind, beautiful. Sedona is beautiful. For a different flavor, check out Jerome. Neat place.

    • Becky on March 31, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Sedona is beautiful! I’ve heard Jerome is cool too being on the side of a mountain like it is. Not sure I’ll make it out there this trip but perhaps another time!

  7. Sharon on March 31, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Your pictures are beautiful. Sedona is one of the places I would like to visit.

    • Becky on March 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Sharon and I hope you get to see it soon. 🙂

  8. Carl on March 31, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Sedona pictures are great! Thank you sharing some wonderful sites around Sedona.
    I have a question, please? Can you please share your technique that you use to hook up your Casita to your truck by yourself, without breaking anything?
    Since you unhook from your Casita often. I am looking for a better way to hook up my camper and would appreciate your wisdom!
    Thank you and be safe!

    • Becky on March 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      I’m not quite sure what you mean about breaking things Carl, I don’t see how you could break anything unless you didn’t get the coupler on the ball correctly or something like that.

      When I first started RVing I bought a set of hitching rods ( to make it easier to line up for hitching. After the first year or so though I got to the point where I didn’t need them anymore. Not sure if this is the problem you’re referring to though…

  9. Jodee Gravel on March 30, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Few places are more beautiful than Sedona. I haven’t braved the town in the evening, but the drumming circle sounds wonderful! Glad you were close to your good repair guy and that it was a quick fix.
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    • Becky on March 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      You should check it out if you come through the area again Jodee, I think it happens every Tuesday night.

  10. Judy Blinkenberg on March 30, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I love the Sedona pictures, especially that tree and the mountains behind. I wish I could hike more, but maybe if I build up a little at a time and take Tylenol before I go. I really want to spend time in Arizona come this next winter. Thank you for the wonderful photos.

    • Becky on March 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      You’re welcome Judy and I’m glad you enjoyed these photos. Arizona is beautiful and I hope you get the chance to visit next winter – although Sedona is at a higher elevation and can get snow in winter, just as a warning. Best of luck to you. Building up a little tolerance at a time is how I approached learning to run so I would think it’d be a helpful way to approach hiking too. Take care.