Yavapai College in Clarkdale

I am presently attending Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona. I am a disabled Air Force veteran going back to school in hopes of achieving a Certificate to become an Administrative Medical Assistance.

I have lived in Arizona for over 15 years after transferring to Arizona through the company I once worked. I now live in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, which I found by accident. I call Sedona my home after traveling three quarters of the world living from military base to military base never living in one place for more than 2 years. After seeing so many different cultures and places, Sedona is the most beautiful place in the world and I was born in Hawaii where beauty is so evident. People ask me all the time why did I decide to stay here of all places? Surrounded by beautiful red rocks that you never grow tired of looking at and four very comfortable seasons are a couple of reasons. You can see clear blue skies all the time and bright shining stars at night and fresh air, what more could you ask for. The sunsets are unbelievable with its brilliant breathtaking colors. So much is indescribable about this area. In the fall, you see changing colors and spring brings blooming cactus and wildflowers, while winters are mild and not much snow, now summers are hot, but not as hot as Phoenix. Arizona has so much versatility.

Sedona is a small town with a big heart. Raising my son in the same town his father was born and raised in is a humbling feeling. It is safe, calm, and quiet and it gives you a very secure feeling. With so much crime in the big cities and gang related neighborhoods, you have a pleasant feeling everyday here that you are in a much-protected place. I don’t worry about where my son is when he’s with his friends, because you get to know people and their values are the same as yours, which is very important in today’s society.

I love the history of Sedona. The historians claim Sedona began 350 million years ago. That’s how long it had taken nature to form our beautiful red rocks by earth thrusts, sea changes and erosion forces. Maybe a thousand years ago, when primitive hunters gather, Americans we now know as Sinagua, who farmed and traded with faraway tribes. The architectural structures embedded in the mountains as if Montezuma’s Castle and Montezuma’s Well are mysterious and wondrous. The first settlers arrived in the Verde Valley in 1876. Sedona was named after Theodore Carlton Schnebly opened the first postal station and names it Sedona in honor of his wife on her 20th birthday.

Sedona has endless wonders, one of which is Cathedral Rock at Red Rock Crossing. North of Red Rock State Park is one of being most photographed scenery’s in the world. We are only located several north hours from the Grand Canyon which is one of our Worlds Wonders. Sedona is also known for its history of filmmaking; over 76 movies had been filmed here. It is the home of many famous artists and sculptures. We are surrounded by rolling mountain ranges of the Mogollon Rim and Mingus Mountain and an array of desert vegetation. The wildlife is always amazing, from eagles, deer, javalina, coyotes, jackrabbits, mountain lions, hawks and the list could go on, the fact is they are free to roam the wild west which in itself if astonishing and something to respect.

Sedona is a tourist town just like any other tourist town but with Pink Jeeps driving up and down the highways and trails. It’s unique with its wide variety of cultures and vortex’s. The beautiful red rocks are what people from all around the world come to see. Many formations have famous names like Coffeepot Rock, Snoopy Rock, Submarine Rock, Bell Rock, and more, but the most famous of all Cathedral Rock. Oak Creek Canyon with Slide Rock is a splendor in itself and fun for the family too. 2 to 4 million tourists a year visits us. That’s a lot of people in a small town! Usually our year round population is approximately 10,400 but seasonal is around 11,300. That’s when the retirees head back to their home state during the summer time. The city, which was founded in 1902 sits on almost 19 square miles, which is owned by private homeowners or businesses and the rest is surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. Our elevation is about 4,400 feet above see level, which is perfect, not too hot or too cold.

Many people visit Sedona, love it and suddenly they are buying land and moving here to build their dream house. Many leave the big city rat race of traffic jams, long commutes, working to survive and never seeing family and come here to settle down. Life is too short to be unhappy. Sedona has a calming affect on people. So many individuals build their retirement home here too. It’s a place where the grandkids come to visit Grandma and Grandpa during holidays.

The convenience of our location is great, Flagstaff north of us for playing in the snow and go skiing in the wintertime and Phoenix to the south for major shopping trips, concerts, going to major league baseball, basketball, football and hockey games. All the big city lights and activities only hours away, but still we still have the sanctuary and tranquility of our small town, which I love. Sedona is a great place and I’m grateful I found it and live here.

There is so much to tell and talk about Sedona and Arizona, but seeing is believing of its awe-inspiring scenery. There are not enough words to express the feeling and spectacle sights of Sedona.

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