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The Grand Canyon …

                                     the road from Tucson to Flagstaff

We flew to Tucson Arizona.  We rented a car at the small airport and drove north to Flagstaff (the gateway to the Grand Canyon), which is only 1.5 hours from the Grand Canyon.  Flagstaff has an International Hostel, which was perfect for us and quite economical.  Don’t leave Flagstaff without visiting the Lowell Observatory.  Flagstaff belongs to the “Dark Skies” coalition which qualifies it as one of the best places to view the night sky.  It was worth the time and staying up late.

 

art in the upstairs hallway                                                   art in the upstairs hallway

 

It allowed us to spend the day at the Canyon on the south rim.  Be prepared for a unique hike down and a long hike back up, unless you want to risk the ride on a donkey.

bright-angel-trail

Bright Angel Trail

and see some of the other interesting sites in Flagstaff before returning back to the Tuscon area or heading north towards Colorado and visiting all the other great canyons in the area  The famous red rocks of Sedona and its surrounding secret canyons that hold ancient Indian ruins like Canyon de Chelly.  It was my favourite.  That’s where we spent the night in a “hogan”, in the desert.

The hogan was warm and cosy.

The hogan was warm and cosy.

 

It reminded me of the cowboy movies when I was a kid.

It reminded me of the cowboy movies when I was a kid.

 

The Heart of the Navajo Nation

For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons – longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau.  In the place called Tseyi, their homes and images tell us their stories. Today, Navajo families make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in these canyon. The National Park Service and Navajo Nation actively work together to manage park resources.

two old cowboys

                               two old cowboys looking for the “4 Corners”

 

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