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Monday, 23 November 2020

Memorable Highlights

 

As it is ten years since I first visited my daughter and son-in-law in America, I thought it would be nice to post some highlights of some of the places I was privileged to visit.

This is me at the Hoover Dam.  The Dam marks the border between Nevada and Arizona and this was taken on the Arizona side.




Being based at Flagstaff, it went without saying that we had to visit the Grand Canyon.  I found the place breath-takingly spectacular and loved it, especially when we were able to get away from the usual tourist spots.




We visited the Arizona Snowbowl (ski resort) and wandered amongst the bare trunks of aspen trees.  At 9200 feet in early winter, and being accustomed to seaside conditions, I found it rather cold!




We spent one day visiting Sunset Crater, with all its volcanic associations, as well as taking a fascinating walk around the Wupatki Ruins.  It is believed about 100 Pueblo Indians used to live here until around 1200AD.  It is one of several ruins in the area but is the main site open to visitors.




Walking through the Upper Antelope slot canyon with our Navajo guide was a magical experience. 

This view was taken looking up towards the narrow aperture at the top of the canyon.  Hard to believe that water bubbles up out of there during flood times.




Zion National Park was perhaps my favourite destination, and we spent a pleasant night in a pretty campground there.   

I think I could rave on forever about the beauty of Zion, especially the massive rock faces that we saw there.




Bryce Canyon was another remarkable place we visited, and I found the upright hoodoos an amazing sight.

This photo was taken from Paria View, further up the canyon.




I wrote about our visit to the Sonoran Desert in this post here 




I also got to visit other places and experience many new things.  It was an extremely busy and very happy three weeks of my life.

Having wonderful memories adds to the enjoyment of living 😊

Margaret.


22 comments:

  1. 'Having wonderful memories adds to the enjoyment of living' ... I couldn't agree more with you :)

    A lovely post, thank you for sharing your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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  2. It sounds like a wonderful trip and being with family is the best!

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  3. Nice to see such pretty photos! :) We would like to go to Arizona but they have an airborne fungus that is deadly to people with lung problems, it is called Valley Fever...the fungus is in the dust and dust storms spread it all over:(

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    1. What a shame, but it is better to be safe than sorry and your husband is much more important than traveling around.

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  4. How lucky that you went Margaret. Those photos are amazingly beautiful.

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  5. You have been to places I have always wanted to visit!! Especially the Grand Canyon. My oldest grandkids have talked about wanting to go there... I told them, "Take me with you!" 😂 Zion is also another place I'd like to see. Thank you for sharing your adventures and photos with us!! I enjoy every bit of them! ❤️

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  6. Wonderful memories for you and also for me.

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  7. What a wonderful trip and fabulous memories you have Margaret - thank you for allowing use to share those precious memories with us
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  8. That´s wonderful memories indeed! And breathtaking views. Hope we can travel in real life again soon!

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  9. Hello,
    What a great visit, I am sure you miss your daughter. Beautiful photos from your visit, I love all these places, hubby and I have been to most of these except for the Antelope Slot Canyon. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great new week!

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    1. Yes, I do miss my daughter - I am so thankful for modern technology to allow us to have regular contact with each other.

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  10. My best memory of the Grand Canyon was seeing a California Condor soaring on the thermals at eye level, an experience not to be forgotten.

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    1. I saw two condors on another visit - they were sitting together on a rock before flying off. I love watching our local hawks thermal soaring so I can imagine how thrilling it would have been to see condors doing this.

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  11. Wonderful shots...I love the one looking up. All of it is so interesting, though.

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  12. You've been to some awesome places. Wonderful photos

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  13. Lovely photos and memories for you. I have been to some of these places and understand your enjoyment of visiting the South West. Flagstaff would be a great place to live and visit. Are you a reader of murder mysteries? If you are are you would enjoy Tony Hillerman's books that are set in the area. The detectives are Navajo policeman and they are a wonderful introduction to the geography and Indian culture of the area.

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    1. I haven't read anything for ages, but that sounds interesting. I will have to check it out and see if the library has them.

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  14. My kind of holiday.
    No humans :)
    Great photos.

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    1. Haha, we always try and avoid crowds wherever we visit :)

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