Sunday, April 29, 2012

Grand Canyon in the rain

We started to the Grand Canyon in drizzly skies that followed us to the park.  But we still got to see the wonderful canyon.  Some of my pictures are not really clear but it was just the foggy atmosphere.grand canyon 1This is a tribute to the Indian tribes from that area.  All the different names are around the edge.  grand canyon 2I don’t think there is an ugly view from any point.grand canyon 3The squirrels were quite friendly and would run under you feet.  Ask Ross – he was nearly tripped by one.grand canyon 4grand canyon 5grand canyon 6grand canyon 7grand canyon 08I think the Grand Canyon is something everyone should see but we know that is not always possible.  Come to Amarillo and you can see the Palo Duro Canyon.  A much smaller scale.grand canyon 09This is the building we saw when we were here 30 years ago.  You can climb to the top and see a long way! Here is some information about the tower.  The ceiling on the first floor is made from the timbers you see.grand canyon 10                                                                                          Looking up to the very top.grand canyon 11Some of the artwork is really cool  I only climbed up to the third level.  That is Ross below.grand canyon 12grand canyon 13grand canyon 14grand canyon 15From here we headed out to Flagstaff and on to Albuquerque.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Williams, AZ–a unique little town

Our next little layover was the small mountain town of Williams, Arizona.  We don’t often think of the mountains in Arizona but they are there.  This is one of our favorite parts of Arizona.  We really like the Flagstaff area and Williams is just the other side Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.  The area most visited consists of two main one way streets.  One goes east bound through the shops and motels while the other goes west bound on the “back” side beside the railroad and visitor’s center.  This is old Route 66.

Love this old town atmosphere.  There is a newer part of Williams but this just calls for the tourist in all of us.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 1004-25-12 6 Williams AZ 01Some neat old buildings that you know used to hear the trucks back when it was of US66.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 0304-25-12 6 Williams AZ 0404-25-12 6 Williams AZ 0504-25-12 6 Williams AZ 06This little area was not open but looked like fun.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 07Pretty cool posts to hold up the front.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 09This dog was waiting for his master at the curb.  He did not hardly look at me as I talked to him.  Just morosely looking for his friend.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 11Of course Ross loved the music at the restaurant.  We did go in and have an appetizer and beer and listened.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 13Elvis lives!  In a statue.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 14

It fun stop.  Very relaxing.  On to the Grand Canyon.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Through the desert to Williams, AZ on the way to the Grand Canyon

We have been to the Grand Canyon but it was over thirty years ago and it a very quick stop.  Ross at that time just proclaimed it “a big hole in the ground”.  We were on a limited trip to California with two young children.  Sigh.  But we made up for it a bit.  OK,  more on that view later.  First the desert, London Bridge, and Williams.

When we got ready to leave Palm Springs, the lemons had dropped from the trees due to the wind.  HUGE lemons.  We did bring a few home.04-25-11 1 lemons 0104-25-11 1 lemons 02Leaving Palm Springs, headed to Lake Havasu.04-25-12 2 through desert 0204-25-12 2 through desert 0404-25-12 2 through desert 0804-25-12 2 through desert 1004-25-12 2 through desert 12Part of the Colorado River. 04-25-12 3 Colorado River 0304-25-12 3 Colorado River 0504-25-12 3 Colorado River 06So we just had to see the London Bridge.  Yes, very touristy, but cool.04-25-12 5 London Bridge 0104-25-12 5 London Bridge 0304-25-12 5 London Bridge 0404-25-12 5 London Bridge 0604-25-12 5 London Bridge 0804-25-12 5 London Bridge 1304-25-12 5 London Bridge 14Next stop, Williams, AZ.

Whitewater Preserve

Talk about an oasis in the desert – this is it.  Whitewater Preserve is a little area outside Palm Springs just off I-10.  I did not realize until I looked at the web site that it used to be a trout farm.  No wonder they huge trout in the lake there.

We were first greeted with this little stream.  04-24-12 3 White Water 0104-24-12 3 White Water 02This pond did not have any fish at all.  Hmmmm.04-24-12 3 White Water 04Well, I was not going to walk home from there!04-24-12 3 White Water 0504-24-12 3 White Water 06I think this is a gourd.  There were lots of these along the highway.04-24-12 3 White Water 1004-24-12 3 White Water 1204-24-12 3 White Water 15Whitewater.  Not of the rolling kind to go rafting in.04-24-12 3 White Water 17Some of us waded a bit.  It was hard on the feet but cooling.04-24-12 3 White Water 1904-24-12 3 White Water 21The water picked up a white color I presume from the minerals.04-24-12 3 White Water 2304-24-12 3 White Water 24The area by the visitor and ranger station was so peaceful and beautiful.04-24-12 3 White Water 27These trout were HUGE!!  Probably 18-24 inches long and fat.04-24-12 3 White Water 2804-24-12 3 White Water 2904-24-12 3 White Water 3004-24-12 3 White Water 3104-24-12 3 White Water 3304-24-12 3 White Water 3504-24-12 3 White Water 3604-24-12 3 White Water 3904-24-12 3 White Water 40See the baby ducklings?  OK, just ducklings for you grammar nuts.04-24-12 3 White Water 41I think we finally counted four.  They came in and out of the brush then followed mama away from us.04-24-12 3 White Water 4404-24-12 3 White Water 46Can you see the squirrel?  This was the strangest squirrel.  Found out it was some sort of ground squirrel.  04-24-12 3 White Water 51Hairy yucca.  04-24-12 3 White Water 55So ended our travels.  We went out to eat that night at a lovely Mexican restaurant.  Good thing.  Don’t think any of us could have cooked!

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Grand Canyon in the rain

We started to the Grand Canyon in drizzly skies that followed us to the park.  But we still got to see the wonderful canyon.  Some of my pictures are not really clear but it was just the foggy atmosphere.grand canyon 1This is a tribute to the Indian tribes from that area.  All the different names are around the edge.  grand canyon 2I don’t think there is an ugly view from any point.grand canyon 3The squirrels were quite friendly and would run under you feet.  Ask Ross – he was nearly tripped by one.grand canyon 4grand canyon 5grand canyon 6grand canyon 7grand canyon 08I think the Grand Canyon is something everyone should see but we know that is not always possible.  Come to Amarillo and you can see the Palo Duro Canyon.  A much smaller scale.grand canyon 09This is the building we saw when we were here 30 years ago.  You can climb to the top and see a long way! Here is some information about the tower.  The ceiling on the first floor is made from the timbers you see.grand canyon 10                                                                                          Looking up to the very top.grand canyon 11Some of the artwork is really cool  I only climbed up to the third level.  That is Ross below.grand canyon 12grand canyon 13grand canyon 14grand canyon 15From here we headed out to Flagstaff and on to Albuquerque.

Williams, AZ–a unique little town

Our next little layover was the small mountain town of Williams, Arizona.  We don’t often think of the mountains in Arizona but they are there.  This is one of our favorite parts of Arizona.  We really like the Flagstaff area and Williams is just the other side Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.  The area most visited consists of two main one way streets.  One goes east bound through the shops and motels while the other goes west bound on the “back” side beside the railroad and visitor’s center.  This is old Route 66.

Love this old town atmosphere.  There is a newer part of Williams but this just calls for the tourist in all of us.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 1004-25-12 6 Williams AZ 01Some neat old buildings that you know used to hear the trucks back when it was of US66.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 0304-25-12 6 Williams AZ 0404-25-12 6 Williams AZ 0504-25-12 6 Williams AZ 06This little area was not open but looked like fun.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 07Pretty cool posts to hold up the front.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 09This dog was waiting for his master at the curb.  He did not hardly look at me as I talked to him.  Just morosely looking for his friend.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 11Of course Ross loved the music at the restaurant.  We did go in and have an appetizer and beer and listened.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 13Elvis lives!  In a statue.04-25-12 6 Williams AZ 14

It fun stop.  Very relaxing.  On to the Grand Canyon.

Through the desert to Williams, AZ on the way to the Grand Canyon

We have been to the Grand Canyon but it was over thirty years ago and it a very quick stop.  Ross at that time just proclaimed it “a big hole in the ground”.  We were on a limited trip to California with two young children.  Sigh.  But we made up for it a bit.  OK,  more on that view later.  First the desert, London Bridge, and Williams.

When we got ready to leave Palm Springs, the lemons had dropped from the trees due to the wind.  HUGE lemons.  We did bring a few home.04-25-11 1 lemons 0104-25-11 1 lemons 02Leaving Palm Springs, headed to Lake Havasu.04-25-12 2 through desert 0204-25-12 2 through desert 0404-25-12 2 through desert 0804-25-12 2 through desert 1004-25-12 2 through desert 12Part of the Colorado River. 04-25-12 3 Colorado River 0304-25-12 3 Colorado River 0504-25-12 3 Colorado River 06So we just had to see the London Bridge.  Yes, very touristy, but cool.04-25-12 5 London Bridge 0104-25-12 5 London Bridge 0304-25-12 5 London Bridge 0404-25-12 5 London Bridge 0604-25-12 5 London Bridge 0804-25-12 5 London Bridge 1304-25-12 5 London Bridge 14Next stop, Williams, AZ.

Whitewater Preserve

Talk about an oasis in the desert – this is it.  Whitewater Preserve is a little area outside Palm Springs just off I-10.  I did not realize until I looked at the web site that it used to be a trout farm.  No wonder they huge trout in the lake there.

We were first greeted with this little stream.  04-24-12 3 White Water 0104-24-12 3 White Water 02This pond did not have any fish at all.  Hmmmm.04-24-12 3 White Water 04Well, I was not going to walk home from there!04-24-12 3 White Water 0504-24-12 3 White Water 06I think this is a gourd.  There were lots of these along the highway.04-24-12 3 White Water 1004-24-12 3 White Water 1204-24-12 3 White Water 15Whitewater.  Not of the rolling kind to go rafting in.04-24-12 3 White Water 17Some of us waded a bit.  It was hard on the feet but cooling.04-24-12 3 White Water 1904-24-12 3 White Water 21The water picked up a white color I presume from the minerals.04-24-12 3 White Water 2304-24-12 3 White Water 24The area by the visitor and ranger station was so peaceful and beautiful.04-24-12 3 White Water 27These trout were HUGE!!  Probably 18-24 inches long and fat.04-24-12 3 White Water 2804-24-12 3 White Water 2904-24-12 3 White Water 3004-24-12 3 White Water 3104-24-12 3 White Water 3304-24-12 3 White Water 3504-24-12 3 White Water 3604-24-12 3 White Water 3904-24-12 3 White Water 40See the baby ducklings?  OK, just ducklings for you grammar nuts.04-24-12 3 White Water 41I think we finally counted four.  They came in and out of the brush then followed mama away from us.04-24-12 3 White Water 4404-24-12 3 White Water 46Can you see the squirrel?  This was the strangest squirrel.  Found out it was some sort of ground squirrel.  04-24-12 3 White Water 51Hairy yucca.  04-24-12 3 White Water 55So ended our travels.  We went out to eat that night at a lovely Mexican restaurant.  Good thing.  Don’t think any of us could have cooked!