Sunday, March 29, 2009

AZ Day Trips

It's getting to be that time of year again in the Valley of the Sun. I've always jokingly referred to our climate as only having two seasons - Summer and Hell. Not that I'm complaining, mind you... summers here are, in essence, no more restricting than winters back in my home town of Chicago. One of the things I do like to do to get a break from the "dry" heat (whoever coined that term has not lived through a summer rainy is to take day trips to cooler parts of the state! Here's a few of my favorite places in North Central Arizona!

Wupatki Indian Ruins - this view is actually from up in the ruins. It's a small window in what was believed to be a cooking room... The view is the high desert and in the background, you can see part of the volcano fields that make up so much of the geography of the region. For me, it's just a peaceful place to go and imagine what life must have been like for the ancient tribes that once lived in this village.

The Grand Canyon is one of the the seven wonders of the natural world and if you've seen it, you'll probably understand why. It's huge, and deep, and the rock formations are incredible. Luckily for me, it's just a short 3 1/2 hour drive from home, so I try to make at least one trip a year up to the area. Amazing what trouble one little river can cause! But oh so beautiful :)

Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona - home of the Red Rocks of Sedona, in my opinion, has some of the most incredible sandstone rock formations I've ever seen. The reddish orange sandstone of the Schnebly Hill Formation is what provides the incredible colors found nowhere else in the world! Sedona has gained some fame as a paranormal hotspot and a place where spiritual forces overlap into the physical world. No trip there is complete without a vortex tour - in this area, vortices are spiral flows of spiritual energy. Go with an open mind, and you may just experience something truly incredible. Not surprisingly, Sedona has also been linked with UFO activity as well as other unusual phenomenon. For the skeptical tourist, there are other activities to partake in, as the area is full of incredible shops, restaurants and art galleries, as well as a number of other great places to see!

1)Part of Cathedral Rock 2) Bell Rock 3)Glass Art at TlaquePaque




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