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Apr 17, 2014 - Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument consists of pueblo homes over 700 years old built into rock outcroppings and cliffs in the area, very similar to Mesa Verde. We arrived at the parking lot and from the looks of people waving their hands around and the swarms of dark masses on all the vehicles, the bugs were just as bad here. We got out of our cars and walked to a picnic area up a hill and discovered the bugs were nowhere to be found here. Walked back to our cars, got all the coolers out and went back to the picnic area to eat lunch. Such...

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Jun 2, 2012 - Walnut Canyon National Monument & Wupatki NM; Sunset Crater Volcano

June 2, 2012- Travel to Flagstaff- Just 15 minutes outside of town is Walnut Canyon, an ancient dwelling sheltered by overhanging cliffs. Sometime between 1125 and 1250, families lived, worked and played here. They farmed the rim, hunted deer & small game, collected water at the bottom of the canyon and gathered plants. These people are known today as the Sinagua". It is believed they occupied the cliffs for about 100 years. We followed the Island trail, 0.9 miles round trip down 240 stairs (185 ft.) and traced the "island" of dwellings...

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Oct 13, 2010 - Williams - Walnut Canyon National Monument

Part of our reason we opted to stay in Williams, Arizona was to explore the many national monuments and parks within a day’s drive from our RV Park. There are three national monuments within a short of the park and decided to strike out and visit them all in one day! Jamie and Donna were staying and visiting with us in the RV park and even though they have lived in Arizona (before they began full-timing in 2006) over twenty years, Walnut Canyon National Monument was probably one of the only ones they had never visited. So, we all struck...

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Sep 21, 2010 - Walnut Canyon

Jack has driven the I-40 many times throughout the years, has always seen the sign for Walnut Canyon National Monument, but never stopped to see it. So we decided we would stop and see it. They are currently working on it, creating a better walkway and putting up some rock walls to prevent erosion. There was a trail going down quite a ways to what they call Island Trail, but I was reluctant - too tired! Besides what goes down, must come up. Next time!

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Apr 22, 2009 - Grand Canyon Imax Movie & Desert Watchtower

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - Williams to Imax and Watchtower It got cold early this morning, but when the sun got above the mountains, it warmed up quickly, and got too hot to stay in bed, so I was up at 8 O’clock and having my coffee. I was awakened by passing trains blowing their horns at 1:30 AM, 3 AM, 4 AM, and 6 AM, but wasn’t irritated by it, as I knew it would happen. I was able to get back to sleep without a problem and actually enjoyed hearing the clickity-clack of the train wheels on the tracks. After my morning routine, proof...

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Apr 21, 2009 - Camp Verde to Williams, AZ

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - Camp Verde to Williams, AZ The morning was too hot to stay in bed past 8 O’clock, so I got up and had my usual routine morning. I feel a bit better today and am now convinced that it is my allergies reacting to the Cottonwood trees blooming, along with everything else that is in the air. I readied the motor home for departure and played with Zack before leaving. After hooking up the Jeep, it was 11:50 when we left the resort. Williams is 30 west of Flagstaff, on I-40, so the 50+ miles to Flagstaff and then the...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater & Wupatki National Monument

Camp Verde to Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater, & Wupatki National Monument Friday, April 17, 2009 - The sky has a few high thin clouds that don’t look threatening and the sun is shining. Another check of weather for Camp Verde and Flagstaff show increasing temperatures and clear skies for the weekend. I had my coffee and some breakfast and then loaded my cameras, maps, bottled water, Zack’s leash and then we hit the road. Our first stop was to be Walnut Canyon, just east of Flagstaff on Interstate 40. I didn’t realize the plateau that...

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Dec 1, 2008 - Crater and Cave Dwellings

Today we visited the Meteor Crater Learning Center. Here we saw the best preserved and the first proven meteorite impact site. Scientist believe that about 50,000 years ago a huge iron-nickel meteorite estimated to have been about 150 feet across and weighing several hundred thousand tons, struck the rocky plain with an explosive force greater than 20 million tons of TNT. A crater of 700 feet deep and over 4,000 feet across was formed with over 175 million tons of limestone and sandstone thrown out for a distance of over a mile. Today the...

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