Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Walnut Canyon, and the Painted Desert (again)

27 10 2010

Another busy weekend for me. I left Chinle right after work and went straight to Flagstaff. Fairly uneventful.

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Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Parks and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

21 10 2010

I am going to keep it simple today.

Glen Canyon, Zion Canyon, and Bryce Canyon

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Journey (to the center of a town with a really hot sun)

13 10 2010

Let’s see who understands that title.

Tuscon, Petrified forest, painted deseert and meteor crater

 

Ok, so I wasn’t even close to Mexico, but closer then I had ever been before. I was lucky enough to be able to spend sometime with my old friend Jon Davis.

Friday started of crazy enough. I had to go to a small satellite pharmacy in Pinon. This town makes Chinle look like it is a metropolis. But it was a great little town, minus trying to get in and out of it. I had to take a detour that involved me to drive through areas not meant for cars. When I finally got to the clinic it was very small. It gave me a great opportunity to do some good work and practice my clinical skills. Then I tried to leave Pinon and I drove down a 30 mile dirty road, and I mean dirt road.

 

I got into Tucson at about 10 pm or so. Not to bad. Of course the craziness began when I lost my keys, tore apart a house, spent 100 dollars for a locksmith only to find the keys had got stuck in a hole of my suitcase. To be fair both Jon and I moved it, through it. searched it , and destroyed it. Oh well.

Saturday was spent relaxing, getting guitar strings and just enjoying the day.

Sunday we hiked into Sabino Canyon. That was pretty Awesome!! We were surrounded by saguaro cactuses.

onday I had to make the trek back to Chinle. I stopped by Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest National Park, and the Painted Desert.

 

Today, I hiked in and out of Canyon de Chelly a couple of times, trying to get some good exercise.

 

Hopefully sometime this week I will up date everyone on what I am doing at my rotation. Here are some pics of my Journey.

From Tuscon, Petrified forest, painted deseert and meteor crater





Monuments for the Masses

4 10 2010

What a crazy weekend, and what a great way to end it.

Yesterday, I drove up about 2 hours into the state of Utah to visit some of the best places in this country. My first stop was through an area known as “The Valley of the Gods.” This area is a lot like monument valley (I’ll talk about that in a bit), but instead of being has commercialized, crowded, and limited in interaction, The Valley of the Gods is pure. To get there you drive down a road that has amazing scenery but is dead in terms of travel. Since this area is not on reservation land, the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). Because it is public land it is completely open, no fences, few restrictions. The government was kind enough to put a dirty road through the area. The loop is about 30 miles long and it takes you throughout the area. What is even more awesome, I ran into about 2-3 other cars the entire trip. It is so serene an peaceful. At any given point you can hop out of your car and just wander around. If I wasn’t alone I would have done much more of that. Take a look a some of my favorite pictures, you can view the rest in the album at the bottom.


From Valley of the Gods, Natrual Bridges, and Monument Valley

 

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The Canyon (De Chelly) Behind…

2 10 2010

Today will be a day I will not soon for get.

It was probably the most beautiful sight I have ever seen. I simply cant describe it. I hope the pictures can even do it half the justice it deserves. One thing that I found incredible, was when I got out there, I couldn’t hear a single thing. It was the quietest place I have ever been. Also, the “paths” were just rocks, with one step over you could walk to the edge of 1000 ft cliffs.

 

Tomorrow I am going to Monument Valley and the Valley of the gods. I’ll post pictures of that as well.

For now check out my day.

Canyon De Chelly

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