Arizona Favorites

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Arizona Favorites

  • Town of Sedona

    Sedona Favorites

    The picturesque town of SEDONA lies at the mouth of beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm. Sedona is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral, Bell and even Snoopy, because their massive shapes resemble these distinctive objects. Rising high above Sedona and its hallmark canyon is the Mogollon Rim, a 2,000-foot...

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  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Tucson Favorites

    Driving along Arizona highways I occasionally saw these birds running across the desert. It's impossible to photograph them in open wild because they are so hyper so fast. In Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum I got the opportunity to see them in captivity. Even in the cage they are still hyper and hardly stay still.

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  • Sunrise / Sunset

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    Wow, do I look tired in this picture! But I still want to show it to you, because it was the best memory I have about my visit to the Grand Canyon. I love sunsets and this is one I will never forget. I started that day very early in the morning, leaving from Las Vegas. I only had a few hours of sleep that night. I was in Las Vegas, and of course...

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  • Peaks and Mountains in Phoenix

    Phoenix Favorites

    The view from Squaw (now Piestewa) Peak summit is breathtaking. You can see virtually all of Phoenix while lounging on the rocks and enjoying a cool breeze. Not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon, especially in the fall or spring when temperatures are hiking-perfect.

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  • Information

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    “For years, an incomprehensible woman in pants, she rode horseback through the Four Corners making sketches of prehistoric ruins, studying details of construction, the composition of globes and washes. She could teach masons how to lay adobe bricks and plasterers how to mix washes.” Frank Walters No, not the Mary of the movie but the one to whom...

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  • Scenery & Views

    Sedona Favorites

    Javelinas (Spanish name) are the only wild, native, pig-like mamal found in the United States. They are the Collared Peccary and a member of the Tayassuidae family. True pigs are members of the Suidae family. They have razor-sharp tusks and are found in the brushy deserts and rocky canyons of the Sonoran Desert. Javelinas are very slender, unlike...

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  • Desert scenery

    Tucson Favorites

    The flower of the saguaro cactus is the state flower of Arizona. One can see this cactus everywhere around Tucson. They can grow very tall, about 15 feet. It takes about 50 years to grow one arm, so the one on my photo must be a baby. I saw the most beautiful saguaros along a picturesque winding road, driving from Tucson to the Old Tucson Studios.

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  • Rim, South

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    A few days after our stay at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon our route took us to the much more crowded South Rim. Our plan all along had been to visit the North Rim, but we were passing so close it seemed crazy not to detour for another look at this amazing spectacle. Perhaps because of those crowds, or because we had experienced such magic...

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  • Phoenix Weather

    Phoenix Favorites

    Rock Climb Everytime I visit Pheonix my uncle takes me to the Bank One Ballpark and we sit in his firm's season seats. The atmosphere there is like no other in the MLB. The people in AZ are so supportive of their D-Backs. It is a well engineered park made to fit thousands of screaming fans. The employees and concessions are some of the best I've...

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  • Observation Points

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    There are many places along the canyon rim to stop and go out on an observation point. It is tempting to keep snapping away , but it is hard for a photograph to give a sense of how enormous the Canyon. You CAN capture some of the color. The contrast is better and gives a better idea of the depth if the light is not directly overhead, like at...

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  • Photography

    Sedona Favorites

    What was neat about this trip was my oldest wanted to take some of his own photographs and he did a wonderful job of it. I have many different cameras, so I gave him one to use. About the only thing I didn't like is he would get to close to the edge at times. So I had to keep the eye on him. Still, he has a wonderful time and was very proud of the...

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  • General city Information

    Tucson Favorites

    I always plan my Arizona trips around their wonderful state parks. You can find state parks that are out of the way, or state parks in or near major cities, such as the wonderful Catalina State Park in Tucson. This park is known for bird watching, excellent hiking, and offers very nice camping facilities. This is a place to settle into if you have...

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  • Weather

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    I'm a tour guide out of Phoenix and I've been to the Grand Canyon over 400 times. Winter time in the Grand Canyon is cold, but dramatic. Most of the time, the roads are clear except right after a storm. Sometimes there's patches of ice inside the park (they can be a little slow plowing them), but the roads to the park are normally cleared...

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  • Go out of town and into the State of...

    Phoenix Favorites

    Families and folks who are tent camping can face a lot of difficulties when trying to find a place to set up camp near Phoenix. Unlike other places, many RV Parks in the Phoenix area do not welcome children. They are basically rolling retirement villiages and don't want screaming kids around. At some of these places, "kids" means anyone under 45 -...

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  • Colorado River

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    Overlooking into Grand Canyon rim, it is an incredible sight to the blue color of Colorado River snaking its way and continuing to cut downwards the bottom of the Grand Canyon lowest valley. How incredible that a river can cut through all the layers of rock and sandstone to create this huge open canyon is sometimes beyond comprehension and...

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  • Vortexes & Spirituality

    Sedona Favorites

    Sedona is a town full of spiritual energy. At some locations, spiraling energy flows from somewhere to somewhere... It seems that it's quite an experience. On the internet you can find photos of particularly spots where you might feel this multi dimensional energy coming through your body. I guess a little meditation is necessary to feel...

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  • Scenic Views

    Tucson Favorites

    Mountains literally circle the city of Tucson. Some of them are awfully big like the 10,000 foot plus Mt. Lemon (did you know that you can ski at Mt. Lemon?) This photo is in the northeastern part of town looking north taking in a portion of the Catalina Mountains.

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  • Scenery

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    Every where at the West Rim we were greeted by friendly Indian staff who did everything they could to make our experience unique. One Lady told us how Native Americans see lots of sketches, - people, animals etc, - on surrounding mountains and showed us a example like this one: The girl with a horse. We would have never notice this picture by our...

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  • Saint Mary's Basilica

    Phoenix Favorites

    St. Mary's is the oldest Catholic Church in the Salt River Valley, founded in 1881, and staffed by Franciscan Friars since 1895. The Basilica sits over the site of the original Adobe church. The present church was dedicated in 1915, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978, and designated a 'Basilica' in 1985 by Pope John Paul II

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  • Trails

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    The Hermit Trail is a historic miners trail, which is a bit more steep and rugged than the popular Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails. From the trailhead, it is 3 miles to Horseshoe Mesa. The trail eventually reaches a junction with the South Kaibab Trail and heads to the bottom. The Hermit trail also leads to Hermit Rapid and a more primitive...

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  • Visitor Center

    Sedona Favorites

    You will soon realize that every view deck you will see in Sedona, it says that if you don't have passes you are not allowed to park there. Accessing the Red Rock country, you needed to get Pass. It is required on national forest land in Sedona! Since Sedona is a high-impack recreation area, the national forest services required passes. This...

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  • PIMA Air and Space Museum

    Tucson Favorites

    This AV-8C, or called Harrier, is made in U.K. by British Aerospace. It has the ability to take-off and land vertically like a dragonfly, so it's used by the Navy where they don't have too many runways.

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  • Observation Points

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    Driving along Desert View Drive, we didn't have to fight the crowds on the special sunset shuttles. We went to watch the sunset but didn't hit it lucky for a great one. And it was COLD at night! Bring a heavy jacket if you go watch the sunset. It takes about 20 minutes to drive here from the park entrance.

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  • Scenery

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    Near the last switchback, we saw a rainbow. I kept telling Jim that the rain would let up and he would just shake his head. Near the top seeing one of my last below the Rim views across the Canyon, the rainbow appeared as if from nowhere. The rain didn't exactly stop. Well, it didn't stop at all, but I received my sign that the weather was...

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  • Oak Creek Canyon

    Sedona Favorites

    Although, the vista is open year-round. The Arizona National History Association's booth is seasonal, yet currently open 7 days a week when open. It has lots of wonderful information inside and has a gift shop. Red Rock Ranger District P.O. Box 20249, Sedona AZ 86341 (928) 282-4119 Drive south from Flagstaff on AZ 89A 14 miles to Oak Creek Canyon...

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  • San Xavier del Bac Mission

    Tucson Favorites

    To the east of the mission, there's a small hill only about 100 yards away. You can walk around the hill or climb to the top (only a few minutes hike). At the top there's a statue of some saint. From the top you can survey the floorplan of the church and the surrounding area.

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  • Hiking

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    Take the South Rim shuttle to the Kaibab trailhead. You can stand at the top and get a nice view of the Canyon or I suggest going down a mile or two so you can see some great views of the Grand Canyon. If you go as far as Cedar Ridge (where the mules come up to rest) that's about as good as it is going to get for a short hike. Make sure and take...

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  • Hiking

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    Enjoy the Grand Canyon very early morning for not only the most beautiful light but also a more peaceful experience. If you are physically able, don't be content to just drive from viewpoint to viewpoint. Get out and walk and you'll see a lot more. Walk into the canyon. It will give you an entirely different perspective of this massive chasm. If...

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  • Hiking/Biking

    Sedona Favorites

    This is a general tip for the hiking areas around Sedona. It is not my fondest memory and probably the one I am least fond of. People in this area, whether locals or visitors, for some reason like to stack rocks on top of each other. This done in the outdoor world to mark a trail. This is known as a cairn. But people stack many little piles where...

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  • Downtown Tucson

    Tucson Favorites

    I'm not sure what to make of the obviously new brightly colored buildings in downtown Tucson. Some city planner's idea of urban renewal. It doesn't really work. Downtown Tucson is a dead zone. People come downtown to work--brightly colored buildings are not going to coax people to stick around after work or to live in this area. In my mind, a...

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  • Information / Sources

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    At the south rim, the El Tovar has by far the best view of the canyon but it is pricey. It is very easy to get around the south rim either by walking or the free shuttle. When planning my trip to the grand canyon, I had the same problems that you are having with websites that are incomplete and no pictures of lodges and where exactly they are...

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  • Photography

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    Timing is key. You should plan on staying overnight so that you can get both sunrise and sunset colors of the spectacular spectrum. The canyon rocks change colors and the best time to capture the brightest shades is when the sun is not directly overhead. This doesn't mean to avoid taking photos between dawn and dusk, use this time to go on one of...

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  • History of Sedona

    Sedona Favorites

    The town of SEDONA was named for the wife of T. Carl Schnebly, who came to this area when there were only five other families. One of these families was headed by his brother, who later became a local schoolteacher. Carl and his wife, Sedona, built a wooden home that was the only one in this area large enough to accommodate visitors. Many guests...

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  • University of Arizona

    Tucson Favorites

    4th Ave. has interesting shops, decent restaraunts and clubs, and entertaining people to watch. It has a little trolley that goes to the university just a couple minutes away. Are there other streets like this in the US? Yes, but this one has a Southwest / punk / university theme. My former girlfriend once lost the front plate of her car stereo in...

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  • Flora / Fauna

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    Meet Whipple Cholla which represents more than 20 species of the Cholla cactus in the North American deserts. Whipple Cholla often grow as shrubs or in mats on plains and grasslands. Chollas are the only cactus with papery sheaths covering their spines.

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  • Fauna & Flora

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    There are reported over 75 mammals, 50 reptiles and amphibians, 25 fish and 300 bird species seen in Grand Canyon. Saw mule deer feeding near the rim. Other animals if you are lucky are bighorn, bobcats, coyotes and even mountain lions. More likely beavers, gophers, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits and bats.

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  • Airport Mesa

    Sedona Favorites

    Go up on Airport Mesa and watch the sunsets... most are spectacular. And be sure to look to the east as well, for the setting sun really brings out the red in the rocks. Sunsets in AZ are as pretty or better than anyplace I have been/lived... which includes Hawaii, California and Florida.

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  • De Grazia Art Gallery

    Tucson Favorites

    Degrazia Gallery In The Sun is located 6300 N. Swan Rd. Phone# 520-299-9192 The Degrazia Gallery is a very quaint adobe art gallery in the foothills of Tucson. It's very easy to get to. I'm not a big fan of Degrazia's artwork, but the adobe stuctures he built and lived in are typical southwestern design with whimsical touches such as his handprints...

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  • People

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    This is very funny. I told my daughter Shelby many times that it will be very cold at the Grand Canyon but because we were leaving from Phoenix to Grand Canyon and the weather is about 82 degrees, she didn't listen to me. She wore shorts instead. By the time we got to the Grand Canyon, it was at freezing point 37 degrees! Her sister was teasing...

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  • Outside the Park

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    Was fascinated by this view of this section of Grand Canyon where you could see the flat plateau and then suddenly a drop down the canyon. It would be disastrous if a horse coach had travelled in the dark of the moonless and starless night and then went over the edge. Just a thought.

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  • Indian Ruins

    Sedona Favorites

    Story goes the General Black Jack passed through here in pursuit of Poncho Villa. Bandits often used the ruins since it offered protect from the elements and found this a good hiding place. They mentioned that any graffiti older than 50 years is protected. Not sure if any of this is true, but it makes for good lore. Any of you history detectives...

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  • Mule / Horse Rides

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    Make your reservations up to 13 months in advance for above stated. They book up very far in advance and have a limited number of spots available. The mule rides have weight limits and other restrictions, so be aware of these. When we hiked the GC I wondered how the mules could navigate the trails and how fast. They are unbelievable at going...

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  • Entry fees

    Grand Canyon National Park Favorites

    As with all US National Parks, there is an entrance fee to Grand Canyon National Park. I only got a day pass when I was here, oh-so-long-ago, But most of the time when I visited a National Park we would have purchased the now discontinued National Parks Pass,( Which if you bought one in 2006 will still be honored for 1 year from the date you...

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  • Driving

    Sedona Favorites

    Last summer on my way to the Grand Canyon I decided to see what all the talk was about Sedona and their red rocks. I pulled off of Interstate 17 onto highway 179. Boy was I in for a visual treat! Excellent views at a distance of all the beautiful red rocks and formations. You can't go wrong with this view!

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  • Photography

    Grand Canyon Favorites

    What I loved about the Grand Canyon, was the way it looked at different times of day, and in different weather. Beautiful deep colors at dawn and sunset, seeing for miles at midday, and the moodiness and shadows when the sun went behind a cloud. For optimal shots, take a rim drive near sunset, or, if you don't feel like driving around, book a...

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