09/22/2014 Betsy

THIS LAND HAS TALES TO TELL ANCIENT VOLCANOS ANCIENT PUEBLOS   PAINTED DESERT   THIS DESERT OF BADLANDS LOCATED IN THE FOUR CORNERS AREA FROM THE GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK INTO THE PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK IS BEAUTIFUL AND CAN BARELY BE SEEN IN THE HORIZON FROM SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT.  MUCH OF THE PAINTED DESERT REGION IS WITHIN THE NAVAJO NATION. THE ANCIENT PUEBLO RUINS SIT IN THE HEART OF THIS DRY, DESERT LANE JUST NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF.  THE COLORS ARE AMAZING.   SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT WE DROVE TWENTY MILES NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF TO VISIT THE…

09/22/2014 Betsy

BEAUTIFUL RED ROCK SEDONA   FOR YEARS, SEDONA HAS BEEN ON MY “BUCKET LIST” TO SEE.  I’VE LOOKED AT PHOTOS OF THE AREA AND KNEW THIS WAS THE ONE PLACE I WANTED TO GO TO.   SO…….. IT’S ON OUR WAY HOME!   HOW CONVENIENT! FOLLOWING ROUTE 66 THROUGH FLAGSTAFF WE TURNED ONTO US89A THROUGH THE COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST AND THE OAK CREEK CANYON.   OAK CREEK CANYON OAK CREEK CANYON IS A RIVER GORGE AND SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS A “SMALLER COUSIN” TO THE GRAND CANYON FOR IT’S BEAUTY,   ROUTE 89A ENTERS THE CANYON VIA A…

09/20/2014 Betsy

ON TO ARIZONA GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM Miles just keep ticking away!   WE LEFT MOUNT CARMEL SOUTH ON US 89 TO KANAB AZ THEN TURNED SOUTH ON US 89A TO THE NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON.  IT’S 42 MILES TO KANAB AND ANOTHER 40 SOME MILES OUT TO THE RIM BUT WORTH THE TRIP. THE SCENERY DRIVING DOWN TO ARIZONA WAS BEAUTIFUL, DESERTY, DRY BUT LOTS OF SCRUB BUSHES SO NOT TOTALLY BROWN.  ALL I SAW WERE SNAKES!  NOT REALLY … IT WAS VERY, VERY BEAUTIFUL. WE DECIDED NOT TO SETTLE INTO A CAMPGROUND BUT RATHER TO DRIVE…

09/15/2014 Betsy

OVERLOOKING CANYONLANDS Dead Horse Point State Park   Utah was very wise to take control of so much of her land.  If she hadn’t it probably would have been drilled, mined, excavated, crushed, crunched and sliced up!    We should all thank Utah for their forward thinking and preservation of this beautiful state.   MOAB   There is sooooooooooo much to do out here.  It is a mecca for the outdoors’ person.  If you’re into mountain niking, this is heaven.  If you’re into hiking, this is heaven.  If you’re into fishing, kayaking, rafting, off-roading …. this is…