I arrived at the base of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, alone and stood reading the sign above indicating that I had to be prepared to rescue myself. hmmm….
I was determined to hike Cathedral Rock although I had no knowledge of the landscape or terrain. As I stood reading the sign about the possible dangers, I was reminded that I was now in Arizona, which had poisonous snakes and scorpions. I then looked up at the peak of Cathedral Rock and started to question myself. I had always been a solo hiker. I loved being out in nature and exploring, but as I contemplated going up the various pathways alone, I started having fear of getting lost, falling and breaking a limb, or getting bit by a snake. My mind went rampant with thoughts of what could go wrong. I started to have cold feet. Then suddenly, a woman appeared next to me. I turned to her and asked her if she wanted to hike with me, so we began hiking up the steep and beautiful sandstone butte together.
Hiking has always been one of my passions. I usually just show up wherever I am and start hiking, but this adventure reminded me of some of the dangers of solo exploration and how being prepared is probably a good idea. In this case, a first aid kit, water, map of the area, a compass, food, a whistle and cell phone were all recommended.
Cathedral Rock was an amazing climb. The rock formations became steeper with each step and had I been alone, I would not have ventured to the top, so I was grateful for my hiking companion who had hiked the peak in the past. She led me to the top, where I sat and watched the sunrise over the the beautiful Arizona landscape.
Wherever you are hike, be mindful of the weather and what kind of obstacles or wildlife you could encounter.
Life is meant to be explored! Be safe and have fun!