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Tuzigoot National Monument

Published February 22, 2014 by Jana

I stopped here because it is somewhat related to the Montezuma sites.  It turned out to be interesting on its own. 

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It was at least 20 degrees cooler in this room than outside, ahhhh!

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You have to climb a bit, but what a view.

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I wonder if they made s’mores on a fire here?

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Later,

Jana

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed

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Slide Rock State Park

Published February 21, 2014 by Jana

I can’t even remember how long ago I found out about this place.  It was in one of those Reader’s Digest books, I think.  But it was on my list of must see places. 

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Of course, I want to come back when it is hot enough to actually go sliding on slide rock!  I was there before 10:00 am and had the place to myself for quite a while. 

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Later,

Jana

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Oak Creek Canyon

Published February 20, 2014 by Jana

I traveled through Oak Creek Canyon to and from Flagstaff.  It is certainly a beautiful area.  I will have to come back to explore the towns.  I was in the mood for more natural and historic, so I skipped the towns, plus I was low on time!  Sedona will definitely require a look, and a different frame of mind, as well as Prescott.  Jerome, a ghost town, is on the list as well. 

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This shot from my GPS shows an elevation change of about 1500 feet in a few miles.  And the next pic is the best I could get of the actual road.

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Later,

Jana

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

Randomness

Published February 19, 2014 by Jana

What is this animal supposed to be?  I know they don’t have moose in Arizona.  Is it an elk?

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Flying saucer cloud?

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I like the perspective of this kind of shot, but rarely get results I am really happy with.

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Disturbing that they feel the need to put a sign on the toilet not to drink the water.  I don’t care if it’s reclaimed water or not, who would drink from the toilet?

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And FYI, I don’t know if it’s me or what, but there seems to be a slight odor to the reclaimed water.  When I visited Fountain Hills I could smell it, even before I saw the signs.  And it was very mild, but still in the bathroom at this hotel.  It is a good thing for the environment I know, but maybe needs a little more work!

I am quite the klutz here lately.  My poor abused knee is suffering because of my carelessness.

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And I have a dental namesake!

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Later,

Jana

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

The Grand Canyon, Part 2

Published February 18, 2014 by Jana

There are free shuttle buses that run you all around here, with stops spread out over miles on the rim.  Only 2 of the 3 routes are operating this time of year, so I drove the other route.  If you look closely, you can just see the tiny ribbon of the Colorado River in a few of these pictures.

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And here is the nearly full moon over Flagstaff.

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Later,

Jana

The Grand Canyon

Published February 17, 2014 by Jana

I can’t even begin to show in pictures how amazing this place is.  Even though I have seen tons of pictures, nothing can prepare you for it.  It is just so . . . vast!  Grand is a perfect description.

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I like that they don’t have barriers up everywhere, even though I get a little dizzy sometimes when I get close to the edge.  At least they have signs to warn you in spots!

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These are the San Francisco Peaks that surround Flagstaff.  The tallest one, and the highest point in Arizona, is Humphreys Peak with an elevation of 12,637 feet. 

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More pics tomorrow! 

Later,

Jana

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru

Thar’s Red in Them Thar Hills!

Published February 16, 2014 by Jana

I drove through Red Rocks Country in Arizona.  It’s a large area in and around Sedona.  It is pretty spectacular. I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

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I was a little disappointed that they want you to pay $5 just to pull over and take pictures.  So I worked around it.  🙂 

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Later,

Jana

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” — Pat Conroy