Tuesday, June 6, 2017

May 9 2017 Grand Canyon

Today we took a ride up to the Grand Canyon.The canyon is 10 miles wide and a mile down. It is described as the Earth’s greatest geological showcase.It is  breathtaking with colorful rocks layers and impressive buttes.They have a great shuttle service that you can board and take all over the canyon.Really is good and and keeps the traffic down.The first place went to was Mather Point.If you have never been to the Grand Canyon  Mather Point is the first view where you see the immensity of the canyon.

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                           Sam and I at Mather Point

More photos of G.C.

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Colorado River

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Bright Angel trail to Phantom Ranch

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Although  we’ve been to the Grand Canyon before we never tire of its beauty.

May 16 2017 Wupatki / Sunset Crater Volcano

They towed us to Flagstaff on Sunday and now we’re at the Freightliner shop. They have the RV in the shop and working on it now.We had to move into a motel for a few days so we did some sightseeing. We did a loop drive out of Flagstaff to Sunset Crater National Monument.  Sunset Crater is the youngest volcano which exploded in AD 1065.After the erosion it created more than 600 hills and mountains in the San Francisco volcanic field.There is a large lava field and red cinder cones.

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Lava Flow Sunset Crater

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We walked along this vast lava flow. When a volcano erupts life is destroyed  and life starts anew.Ponderosa pines grow and flowers grow out of the rocks.

They have a nice paved trail that follows around the crater with cinder cones.

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Suset Crater

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San Francisco Mountains

  Next Stop Wupatki Ntl. Monument

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Wupatki is a landscape of legacy.There are 5 of the largest pueblo ruins in Wupatki. All the dwellings were built by the Anasazi and Sinagua Indians in 12 /13 th centuries.After the volcano erupted resulting in the ash and lava and making the land infertile they moved away into the desert. Wukoki Pueblo was the first one we visited.

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                                                                       Wukoki Ruins

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The next place we stopped was visitors center and the main ruins of the Wupatki.

Wupatki pueblo is the largest of the ruins. People gathered here building a 100 room pueblo with a community room and a ballcourt.

Wupatki Pueblo

                                                    Wupatki pueblo

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                                           Ball court

Next we went to Lomaki ruins.Lomaki means Hopi for beautiful house. It sits along a small canyon and is 2 stories with 9 rooms.

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It was a interesting and great day learning about  the volcano and the Indian pueblos and its people.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 12 2017 Jerome

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Today we took a ride up to Jerome,once a booming mine town of 15,000. In 1876 3 prospectors staked claims on rich copper deposits and then sold out to the United Verde Copper company in 1883. Costs ran high and 2 years later the company folded.A new owner named Wiiliam Clark came along and brought the railroad in and that started the mining boom in Jerome. The mine was the largest producing mine in AZ. In 1912 James Douglas came along and opened up The Little Daisy mine bringing to Jerome 2 large mines. The town continued to grow and by 1953 the mines closed and people left. We went up to the Douglas Mansion which is now a museum of the history of Jerome and the Douglas family.The Douglas Mansion has been a landmark since 1916 when he built it for his family and also used it as a hotel for miming investors.Today Jerome has a population of 500.The town is very touristy set along the hillside and has lots of shopping and restaurant.

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Douglas Mansion

Douglas Mansion

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Little Daisy Mine

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Audrey Headframe and Shaft to mine

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Jaw crusher

Scale

Scale

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Train cars used in the mines

After our time at the Mansion we went uptown to experience the Haunted Hamburger for lunch.A must lunch stop.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 6 2017 Ft. Verde

DSC03999 Today we went to Ft. Verde to visit as this is a place we hadn’t been to yet. Ft. Verde was a base for General Crook’s army scouts and soldiers in the 1870’s and 1880’s. From 1865 –1891 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and FT. Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men and scouts.This was the period when the Indian Wars were in AZ. They have a nice museum showing the life of the time and a film about Ft. Verde and the Buffalo Soldiers.

There are still 3 buildings still standing. Commanding Officers Quarters, BOQ, and Surgeon’s Quarters.

Commanding Officer’s Quarters

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The Commanding Officer was in charge of the base and his salary of $166. a month made it possible for his wife to able to furnish the house.They had a master bedroom, parlor,2 bedrooms upstairs a dining room and a kitchen in the back.

The Bachelors Officer’s Quarters

Unmarried officer’s lived in a sparse space. They recieved low pay,frequent moves and spent time in the field. There was a bedroom on either side,the parlor was out the back door and the kitchen was out back upstairs.

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Surgeon’s Quarters

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The doctor attended patients and performed surgeries in his home. Antiseptic procedures were just being developed and there were no vaccines or antibiotics at the time.The surgeons pay was $123.per month and didn’t attract top surgeons.

This fort was interesting and we enjoyed a little of the history. If your in this area stop and visit the fort.

May 5,2017 Sedona

Sandy and I went to Sedona one day and looked around and had lunch. We enjoyed ourselves and didn’t buy anything since everything is double the price.We looked around the shops and saw some of the sculptures. Not much today.

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There lots of sculptures in Sedona but I only got a few and the photos didn’t come out very good.