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Jul 17, 2014 - The glorious Southwest

From California, we drove out through the desert, past Joshua Tree National Park (and getting the obligatory stamper), to visit my recently retired uncles Ron and Jim in Sedona Arizona. What a spectacular place! A highlight included climbing to the top of the "vortex," said to evoke intense energy and feelings. Besides being energetically enthralled at the beauty of the place, the only other feeling I had was anxiety about how we would get down! Later, quick stops included checking in with our Schwab financial advisor (Brian Cacchiotti) at...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Sunrise in Sedona, AZ

Today, Thursday, July 10, 2014 We were up at 5:30 and said let's go take dawn pictures of Sedona since we have had clouds every evening and could not get sunset pictures. We climbed a 100 foot dome rock on the Airport Road. It was cool temperature and cool pictures. Actually we loved the temperature but others on the hill thought it was cold. As the sun came up gradually, we could see both sides with red rock mountains. There were four hot air balloons up also. Bob took lots of pictures hoping to get a couple great shots. After taking...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Grand Canyon Arizona

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – Grand Canyon We are off to the Grand Canyon at 6:15. First we go through the Oak Creek Canyon. There are a few pictures of this canyon again. We were too early for the Indian sales at the top of the Canyon. We drove through the Navaho Nation and stopped at one of their open are shops and bought a couple items. Thought we could since we are only two weeks from home. We entered the Grand Canyon Nation Park from the East entrance which was recommended by our tour driver yesterday. We really enjoyed it. There were lots...

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Jul 10, 2014 - A great adventure

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – A great adventure We left at 6:00 am on a tour to float down the Colorado River. It was a 3 hour drive to Page, AZ to get to the Glen Canyon Dam where we got on the blue zodiac boats. We went two miles down from the top of the dam to the river with an 8% grade. Glen Canyon Dam was put in just like Hoover Dam that created Lake Mead. Glen Canyon Dam created Powell Lake. The government wanted to put in two more dams on the Colorado River. The Sierra Club and others were able to stop the building of the two additional...

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May 23, 2014 - First night in Sedona

From Mesa where we picked up the RV to right before Sedona, the scenery was amazing…giant cacti in bloom, huge mountains, and vast flatlands. However, our first glace of Sedona was the best…along the Red Rock Scenic Byway, Hwy 179…almost as good as Bryce N. Park…red rock everywhere. We encountered a motorcycle accident along the way and then almost got lead astray on an RV timeshare at the Sedona Visitor’s center when we asked for instructions to get to Safeway. Not a good idea to try to hookup you first RV in the dark. Luckily the PGE...

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May 17, 2014 - Sedona

Up at 4 to catch flight to Phoenix. After captain told us that we would be delayed leaving because of an engine warning light problem, we finally got airborne and arrived in Phoenix at 9:00 in the morning and the temperature was already in the 90's. By the time we were in the car on the way to Sedona it was 105. There was an accident on the highway and we were stopped for half an hour in that heat with no water. Not pleasant but we finally arrived in Sedona a lovely town right in the middle of red rock canyon. Today decided to drive...

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May 10, 2014 - Side Trip to Sedona

The last visited Sedona in 1991 with my mother and father on their fiftieth anniversary trip. The only thing Sue remembers about Sedona is our cute Venezuelan guide on the jeep tour that we took. We thought about taking a jeep tour today, but decided instead that we would take Annie along and do some exploring on our own. We left about 9:00 and drove a twisting route 89A south through Oak Creek Canyon into Sedona where we stopped at the Chamber Visitor’s Center. We talked with a guide (former teacher) there who suggested a couple places to...

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Apr 19, 2014 - Drive Home

Woke up early, packed and was on the road by 9am. Decided to take Interstate 40 home for the scenery. Only added about 6 miles and 20 minutes compared to taking the 10 home. Saw some amazing scenery again, stopped for lunch in Kingman and then arrived home right around 6pm.

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Apr 18, 2014 - Pink Jeep

Hung out in the morning and did some grocery shopping. Dad, Aidan, Emma and I went to the Sedona Police Department for a geocache. Returned to the condo for lunch and then off to downtown Sedona for our Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour. Originally we were told we would be in two Jeeps, but our driver Mike introduced himself and said that we could all fit in the Jeep. We all piled in and began our tour. Went on the Broken Arrow Trail in the surrounding mountains and it was amazing. Got to stop at some very interesting sights including Submarine...

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Apr 16, 2014 - Hang out Day

So originally according to my schedule, today was supposed to be another hiking and exploring day....thank God we switched that after all the walking we did the last two days.....today we hung out a bit at the condo and then went to an outdoor garden store.....If I had unlimited funds, I could spend every penny here....we also found a geocache and then we all went back to the condo....we hung out at the condo and my Mom and Dad made Chinese Chicken Salad for dinner. Aidan, Emma, Grandpa McDonald and I also went and found a geochache within...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Day 2: Sedona

Woke up to egg bakes and cinnamon rolls. Went to Palm Sunday Service at Christ Lutheran Church. Nice service that started outside with the waving of the palms and then a procession into the church. The Pastor asked around where any visitors were from. Emma raised her hand and announced where she was from. When the Pastor asked who she was with, she proceeded to hold up her "flat Emma" and explained who "flat Emma" was and where she had been. After service we drove up the road to Chapel of the Holy Cross which is a Catholic Church built into...

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Mar 26, 2014 - Sinagua ruins

The Southern Sinagua people moved into the Sedona area about 1125 and stayed for about two hundred years. They began building masonry structures, usually alongside streams. After about 1150 the pueblos got larger and were often on hilltops or in cliff alcoves. No one knows why they migrated away again in the 1400's. It may have been overpopulation, depletion of resources, disease, conflicts between groups or perhaps spiritual beliefs. But by the time the Europeans showed up here, all that remained was remnants of their buildings. The...

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