Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 20th

The Old Iron Nut and I spent a delightful day with our Anthem, Az, friend Mark at the Grand Canyon!  While the day started out at 31 degrees at 6:00 AM, it was sunny, shirt-sleeve weather at the Canyon.

Here we are on the South Rim, at the Mather Point and Verkamp's Visitor area,the most well-known tourist areas.
Throughout the day the Old Iron Nut and I took around 300 pictures.  This one is just a sample of the beauty that surrounded us throughout the day.  I do not claim to be anything other than an amateur camera clicker, but I do try to find interesting things to capture...
...and I find old wood to be interesting.

 While still at the same South Rim area, a California Condor put on quite a show for all of us tourists!  It sat on a boulder for several minutes before taking flight.

Its tags were visible on its wings (Tag H9), so we knew it was a released condor.  Mark looked it up on the government website to find that this one was born in Portland 6/3/2008 and was released 9/24/2011. 

On a whim, we decided to drive part of the Desert View Drive, a new experience for all three of us.  Wow, what a winner!!!  Be sure to do this drive when you visit the Grand Canyon.  There are numerous easy-to-park pull-outs with panaramic views of the canyon.

To me, rocks and bolders are similar to clouds....they often contain faces and familiar figures.  Please use your imaginations and dream with me :)

What face do you see?  A wolf, a cat, Roscoe Dawg??

Hmmmm... a buffalo?  a Viking?  Elvis?
And now my favorite.  All day I've been humming, "Little Jackie Paper (on left) loved that rascal Puff (the Magic Dragon, on right)".  There may be a dozen or so pictures of this in our photo files.
And the last picture for today's adventure, our best view of the Colorado River:


Another great day in the lives of Miss Glorianna and the Old Iron Nut!  Life is good.

For the past six weeks, Curt and I have been traveling, visiting the places and people we love.  My wonderful son Brandon suggested sharing the experiences and pictures by creating a Blog.  My awesome daughter-in-law Amanda has shared her expertise to help with my initial efforts. 

You may be asking, "who is this Miss Glorianna, and who or what is the Old Iron Nut?"  Curt and I are members of Single Action Shooting Society (Cowboy Action Shooters), and these are our aliases.  The activities of our trip "out west" have centered around cowboys/cowgirls, horses, land of the ancients, trains, and the natural beauty of the west.  Miss Glorianna's inner cowgirl is chomping at the bit.

Wednesday, October 17

Downtown Sedona, nestled in this beautiful canyon. Mountains, red rocks, monoliths like these surround this little town (tourist trap). We had Roscoe with us (too hot to leave him in the car), so we ate lunch at Taos Cantina where we could sit at the outside patio. Roscoe got his own water and food dishes; he was super well-behaved. It was so much fun to sit outside, relax, watch people go by and to simply enjoy the weather and scenery.

Sliding Rock State Park is just outside Sedona. We stopped there on the way home. The 3 of us walked the trail, took lots of pictures. It was a beautiful warm day, so lots of people were swimming and sliding on the rocks. This area, too, is surrounded by beautiful canyon mountains.

Thursday, October 18

Today we went to the Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments, twelve miles north of Flagstaff. The two monument areas are on a 35 mile loop that was completely awesome. We started at the south end and travelled north, so the Sunset Crater Volcano area was first.
We hiked the Lava Flow Trail. How cool is that, to be walking amongst a lava flow in Arizona!

While on the Lava Flow Trail, we had this beautiful view of San Fancisco Peaks, elevation 12,633 feet. This is the highest point in Arizona, is very close to Williams, and is a very prominent view for miles.

We continued heading north on the Loop Road. Finally, a closer view of Sunset Crater, elevation 8039 feet.

Sunset Crater Volcano

Painted Desert. Again, we had no idea what all we would be seeing while driving on Loop Road. All of a sudden, over a hill and right in front of us, the Painted Desert came into view. We stopped at a pull-out to view the vista and to absorb the beauty surrounding us. As the drive continued, we got closer and closer. Wow!

We arrived at the north end of the loop, the Wupatki National Monument area. This national treasure protects the ancient dwellings of puebloan peoples. Curt and I walked the trails, viewed, and took pictures of six different sites (yes, our feet and knees hurt at the end of the day). Pueblos we visited include: Wupatki, Wukoki, Nalakihu, Citadel, Lomaki, and Box Canyon dwellings.

Wukoki Pueblo ruin. Based on its location, this most likely was a "lookout" for some of the larger dwellings down the road.

Both of us had a ball crawling around in this pueblo. This is just a sample of the dozens of pictures taken. On the hike back to the parking lot, we both had to wipe lots of red dirt off our knees and butts.

We arrived back in Williams mid-afternoon and were VERY hungry. This picture hints at what the little town of Williams is about. Yes, it is another tourist trap, but its history includes being a Historic Route 66 town.

Station 66 Italian Bistro is where we chose to have lunch. Back in the day, before Interstate 40, this was a gas station on Route 66. You can see some of the restored gas pumps, etc. It's a very cute setting for a nice outside lunch.

We haven't taken many pictures of the Williams attractions yet. I do plan to take pictures of the train & depot, especially the things that Mom, Jen & Tim, and Neil & Carol will remember from our train trip to the Grand Canyon ten years ago. Also, we are taking a driving trip to the Grand Canyon tomorrow, so I will probably take a few pictures while there :)

Love to you all,

Miss Glorianna, the Old Iron Nut, and Roscoe Dawg