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5 Shots: Briar Patch Inn on Oak Creek

My daughter wanted to celebrate us for an early Mother’s Day occasion. Since we are moving out of the area soon, she surprised me with a royal treat. She works as an innkeeper at a Sedona cabin resort. She was compted a free cabin which sits literally over Oak Creek, a raging river that flows from Flagstaff down through the Red Rock region.
Surrounded by the Red Rocks, Oak Creek entertains millions of tourists each year. The resort is private and utterly relaxing.
The cabin’s private balcony affords guests an intimate view.
Guests on the property gather for breakfast and conversation.
Our cabin had a fireplace on the patio. I worry and think too much, yes?
Vanessa’s gift included an outside, private massage next to Oak Creek. My masseuse, Michelle, worked out all the kinks caused by moving.
Mother and Daughter
Leaning over the balcony, this was our view.

The twenty-four-hour escapade was just what I needed. Breakfast was served to us in a basket with muffins, oatmeal, fruit, egg quiche, and coffee. The resort is a bubble world of tranquility. It’s where you should stay if you dislike overtourism.

Vanessa and I are close. Strange we never thought to have a mini-holiday together. We vow to do this every year before Mother’s Day.

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1 Shot Wednesday

January 10, 2015

I was rummaging through a draw this morning and found a memory card. Sticking it in my computer, I uploaded over 800 pictures from a two month period in 2015. Isn’t it funny when you move to a new area, you are in a tourist mindset and take pictures of every bush, every corner of your surroundings? Now four years later, I hardly take 100 pictures a year of my corner of the world.

Here’s one of a Sedona rock formation. The family visited from out of state, and we took them out on a winter hike. Want perspective? Look closely at the bottom center of the photo, and you can see our friend who found a path of his own.

Winter Hike
Winter Hike in Sedona

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Five Shots: Oak Creek Golfing


I don’t take golfing seriously. Once upon a time I drove 200 yards, walked the course, and regularly shot 45 for 9 holes. Since I’m not that athlete anymore, I tend to do the following: drive the cart, work on my short game, listen to Leo Kottke, sip some beers, and marvel how green is the manicured grass. For me, it’s a relaxing way to wrap up a weekend afternoon.

Red Rocks next to the fairway

The Back 9

A Par 3

Large Putting Greens

On to the next one
On to the next one

A breeze ruffles the reflection

 Fifty Yards Out
Fifty Yards Out

Oak Creek Country Club, outside of Sedona, is an 18 hole golf course open to the public. It’s a Trent Jones Sr./Jr. design and rated 7th in the state. The best news is that it’s affordable. Would you believe me if I told you it’s only $25 after 3:00 p.m.? How’s your golf game?