Water in the Desert

Posted on February 25, 2017. Filed under: American Southwest, Travel | Tags: , , , , |

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Lost in the Sonoran desert in Arizona, but delighted to find a stream to follow home.

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On the Way to the Grand Canyon

Posted on March 15, 2016. Filed under: American Southwest, Travel | Tags: , , , , |

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Spectacular scenery of the American Southwest en route to our grand adventure hiking the Grand Canyon!

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Saguaro National Park

Posted on March 3, 2016. Filed under: American Southwest, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

Getting out of Wisconsin for a week in February always seems like cheating old man winter, but I didn’t feel bad about bright sunny days, blue skies, and temps in the 80s a couple weeks ago!  DSC02256

Saguaro National Park has two parts with the city of Tucson, Arizona in the middle.  The Saguaro cactuses there are striking as they punctuate the arid landscape.  Growing up to 70 feet tall and living over 100 years at times, these cacti are worth protecting.  Their range is quite small as they only grow in the Sonoran Desert of northern Mexico, southern Arizona and a small area of southeast California.  Thanks to the conservation efforts of laws that prevent harming a saguaro, their numbers are not threatened.

Saguaro National Park has fine trails which take you up close to the saguaros and other desert plants like the barrel cactus.  It was nice to have utter wilderness just a short distance from the amenities of Tucson.

No, I didn’t miss winter at all for a few days!

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Lake Powell Boat Tour

Posted on January 29, 2016. Filed under: American Southwest, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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In Page, Arizona, at the visitor’s center, we discovered that there is a boat that will take you 100 miles up Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge.  We signed up for it for the next day.  Early the next morning we sloshed down our breakfast to get to the Wahweap Marina by 7:30 a.m.  This was going to take all day, something like 6 or 7 hours so it started early.

It was cold and windy up top of the boat, it was October, afterall.  But none of us wanted to go downstairs even though the boat had large windows and a more comfortable temperature down there.  These views out in the fresh air, thDSC04496ough, were spectacular!

It is amazing to see how Glen Canyon was filled by damming the Colorado River in 1963.  It took 11 years for the water to rise and fill up this canyon.  Now this body of water serves as a valuable reservoir.

This day it was beautiful to watch the landscape whiz by as we motored through.

 

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We had a side trip too, through a narrow side canyon.  That was tricky maneuvering for our captain and, at one point, we did scrape the wall.  But it was fun to get into a narrow slot like this.

I didn’t know if I’d like a whole day on a boat and it was pretty tiring.  But it was so beautiful, I was glad to see it.  It was our last day so we squeezed in more of Antelope Canyon AND Horseshoe Bend as well before hitting the sack.

 

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Antelope Canyon

Posted on November 27, 2015. Filed under: American Southwest, Poetry | Tags: , , , , , |

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Swift as an antelope
I’d want to be
When the mighty waters
Rush these walls.

How can such utter
Force
Leave breath-catching
Beauty?

Lines of light
Reflect the sun
In surprising ways;
Colors the eyes can’t even see.

Quiet canyon now;
Stop and listen
As the mind searches for sound.
Still silence, moving walls.

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