Agate Bridge

2017 June 17
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While in the petrified forest one of places I was able to stop was the Agate Bridge. Millions of years ago a tree simply fell across a creek, something we all have seen plenty of times I am sure. 

So this bridge was buried in sediment and slowly over millions of years turned to beautiful stone. Giving us the agate bridge we have today. 

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Papago Park set 2

2017 June 15
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Here is the second set of pictures from Papago Park. 

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Papago Park

2017 June 13
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Papago Park is a municipal park of the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, USA. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. It includes Hunt's Tomb, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Papago Park is a hilly desert park covering 1200 acres in its Phoenix extent and 296 acres in its Tempe extent. Tempe refers to its section of the park specifically as Tempe Papago Park.

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Oak Creek Overlook

2017 June 11
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So literally the next day after the snowfall here I am actually at the Oak Creek overlook and it is open.

It is amazing what one day leads into the next.

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Oak Creek Drive

2017 June 09
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So I was in Sedona, and it was raining. So I could not hike, I had already walked the shops (not that I like shopping) , so time to drive.

I took off from Sedona off to see the Oak Creek overlook. It was raining in Sedona so I wanted see if I got outside of it I would get better hiking trails and better pictures.

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Meteor Crater

2017 June 07
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Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater approximately 37 miles (60 km) east of Flagstaff and 18 miles (29 km) west of Winslow in the northern Arizona desert of the United States. Because the United States Board on Geographic Names commonly recognizes names of natural features derived from the nearest post office, the feature acquired the name of "Meteor Crater" from the nearby post office named Meteor. The site was formerly known as the Canyon Diablo Crater and fragments of the meteorite are officially called the Canyon Diablo Meteorite. Scientists refer to the crater as Barringer Crater in honor of Daniel Barringer, who was first to suggest that it was produced by meteorite impact. The crater is privately owned by the Barringer family through their Barringer Crater Company, which proclaims it to be the "best preserved meteorite crater on Earth".

Despite its importance as a geological site, the crater is not protected as a national monument, a status that would require federal ownership. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in November 1967.

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Middle of the road

2017 June 05
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This is just a random set of pictures that I took while traveling to or from the Grand Canyon. There was something about the cut in the hillside and the Grand Canyon in the distance. I just wanted to stop and get some pictures and enjoy the view.

Not everyday I get the opportunity to just be able to stop and take in the view. It was very relaxing and enjoyable to just taking a moment to enjoy this.

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Montezuma Castle

2017 June 03
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Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings near the town of Camp Verde, Arizona, United States. The dwellings were built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous peoples of the southwestern United States, between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. The main structure comprises five stories and twenty rooms, and was built over the course of three centuries.

Neither part of the monument's name is correct. When European-Americans first observed the ruins in the 1860s, by then long-abandoned, they named them for the famous Aztec emperor Montezuma in the mistaken belief that he had been connected to their construction (see also Montezuma mythology). In fact, the dwelling was abandoned more than 40 years before Montezuma was born, and was not a "castle" in the traditional sense, but instead functioned more like a "prehistoric high rise apartment complex".

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Trail Overlook

2017 June 01
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Trail Overlook like so many other sets is a pull off at the grand canyon along the south rim. The views are amazing and can only be seen to be believed. No picture does this place justice. 

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Horseshoe Bend

2017 May 31
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Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.

Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.

 

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Tusayan Ruins

2017 May 30
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The Tusayan Ruins (aka Tusayan Pueblo) is an 800-year-old Pueblo Indian site located within Grand Canyon National Park, and is considered by the National Park Service (NPS) to be one of the major archeological sites in Arizona. The site consists of a small, u-shaped pueblo featuring a living area, storage rooms, and a kiva. Tree ring studies indicate that the site was occupied for about twenty years, beginning around 1185. It is found on the "Desert View Drive" portion of Arizona State Route 64, 3 miles west of the Desert View Watchtower. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The site was excavated in 1930 by members of the Gila Pueblo of Globe, Arizona. Preservation work took place in 1948 and 1965. The site represents the survival of an isolated Pueblo II culture into the Pueblo III era.

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Booker

2017 May 24
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13 years ago I left my father's place with a pup. How my father wound up with pups is a whole other story, let us just say people suck. So that day I brought home a scrawny little pup, never knowing how big of a part of my life he would become. 

For 13 years Booker was by my side. He was well trained, never needing a leash, loved to play fetch, and most of all loved his treats. He was there through jobs, relationships, moves, good times and bad. Always helping to ease the load as we traveled through this world together. 

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Lost Dutchman

2017 May 24
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Lost Dutchman State Park is a 320-acre (129 ha) state park located near the Superstition Mountains in central Arizona, USA, and named after the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, a famous gold mine legendary among the tales of the Old West. It is easily accessible about 40 miles east of Phoenix via U.S. Highway 60, the Superstition Freeway.

I had originally planned on going to the ghost town that is near this area. Once we had arrived the tourist trap that is the ghost town was very unappealing, so after a short time was back in the Jeep and heading down the road.

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Rim Trail Set 4

2017 May 22
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This is the final set of pictures from the hike along the Rim Trail of the Grand Canyon. 

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Rim Trail Set 3

2017 May 20
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This is the third set of pictures from the hike along the Rim Trail of the Grand Canyon. 

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