Holes in the Ground

Trip Start Jul 15, 2008
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Trip End Jul 30, 2008


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Saturday, July 26, 2008

We sadly had to leave Sedona this morning.  It is undoubtedly one of the prettiest places on earth.  No matter which direction you turn you see something that makes you stop and stare.  Even though the rocks stay the same they always look different in the various lights and clouds.   I have always enjoyed watching the ocean early in the morning.  Before last week I never would have thought I would enjoy looking at rocks as much as I do the ocean, but I do. 

The good news is we headed for one of the 7 wonders of the world.  The only place I could think of that could follow Sedona without being disappointing is the Grand Canyon.  On the way to visiting the world's most famous hole in the ground in the we stopped at Sunset Crater, a less famous hole in the ground but definately worth the side trip.  It is a former volcano located in north of Flagstaff, Arizona.  The park looks like something you would see in Hawaii.  Soft powdery lava cinders, and sharp craggily lava stone.   We spent a couple of hours there looking at the beauty of lava 900 years after the destruction of it caused.  In some ways you felt as if you stepped back in time.

                                                              Crater 2

                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Crater

We then continued north and ate lunch at the only place you can eat lunch on Route 89 north of Flagstaff - a little town called Cameron.  It is on a trading post built in 1915.  Let's say we weren't expecting much.  Let's also say we were wrong.  If you are ever offered Navajo fry bread do not turn it down.  I am sure the cholesterol level was high, but the taste makes it worth it. 

http://www.camerontradingpost.com/

We left Cameron and about a half hour later we entered the Grand Canyon National Park. On the entire drive we were teased with glimpses of the world's prettiest hole in the ground.  A few miles after entering the canyon from the east you come to the Watch Tower Lookout.  We had to stop to get our first good view of the canyon. 
The first time you walk to the rail of an overlook at the canyon you are overwhelmed.  The sheer size, width, and depth are indescribable.  The colors vary more than your realize at first.  As you watch various parts of the canyon you begin to realize the colors change because of the clouds or the angle of the sun.

                                                      Watch Tower      Canyon

More stories from the Canyon tomorrow,

Mike, Pat, and Sarah 
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