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North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona January 7th 2020

Today provided some stark contrasts in colour - the deep vibrant red of the rocks surrounding Sedona against the bright clean white of the foot of snow just up the road at Oak Creek. First stop was Fay Canyon, a short walk through the forest, punctuated by small patches of snow and ice crystals on surrounding rocks, while being overshadowed by enormous sheer cliffs of red and cream on either side. A short scramble up some rocks (five wheel drive required on descent) into the guts of the canyon to overlook the valley below. Next stop Boynton Canyon - we’d been warned that the canyon walk itself was impassable due to snow and ice (and possibly our laziness) so we opted for the shorter steeper overlook trail. And we were not disappointed! A beautiful climb to ... read more
On the way up to Boynton Canyon Vista
If Beeb’s in a t-shirt, you can be sure it’s not cold!
Cowboy snowperson

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona January 6th 2020

Hmm, not overly sure I’m a fan of this ‘under your own steam’ caper we’ve got going on here. I quite liked the sitting on a horse and letting someone else do all the work! Nonetheless, here we are in Sedona, ready to check out the stunning rock formations that surround the whole area. Naturally, the girls have been overwhelmed with our enthusiasm for the natural surrounds...oh wow, look at those rocks...we’ve warned them to expect that a lot over the next few days. Who isn’t enthralled by the riveting tales of Geology 101?! First stop was Cathedral Rock where we clambered up some red rock formations (me only part way) to enjoy some stunning views. Some were more interested in the morning tea on offer. Next stop was the Mescal Trail towards Devil’s Bridge. A ... read more
View from Cathedral Rock
Strike a pose
Taking a break towards the Bridge


Despite the plethora of specialty cuisines, Kaiseki dinners, and tasting menus around the world, the American hamburger is still near the top of my food choices. Here are my five best. I would be curious to hear about yours. 5. The Kingsburger, Park Drive In, Kingsburg This is the place (only a distant memory) where we hung out after school, after football games, and many other times. It may not have been the best burger, but it was the only burger in our little town. 4. Burger Road, Pleasant Hill A typical greasy, and I emphasize greasy spoon, now replaced by a joint called Chef Burger. I am still not sure if the fries were greasier than the burger. But both were delicious, and my kids loved it when they were growing up. 3. Burger at ... read more
House of Juju
In N Out Burger
Chow in Lafayette

North America » United States » Arizona » Yucca January 5th 2020

What a magnificent three days we’ve had at the horse ranch. Before we arrived, we were asked how much we weighed so that they could match us up with the right horse...I think departure weight significantly exceeds that number!! Geoff and I have been surprised how much we’ve enjoyed the riding. Yesterday arvo, we went to the Quartz Vein, a strange outcrop of white rocks. We had to ride over a number of river beds, down and over and up, down and over and up. The down momentum even propelled John into a trot quite a few times. Emma was quite keen to run on all the down (to ensure she had enough momentum to propel me and my gut up the other side) but I was not too keen on that! Despite the desert appearing ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Williams January 5th 2020

Today saw a departure...from the horses and goats (cue tears and long faces from children) and a mountain of food (cue tears and long faces from parents) as we left Stagecoach Trails and headed to Sedona. Quite a significant change of countryside, as stony, sandy desert gave way to more vegetation and hills. This also meant that we were greeted with an unexpected coating of snow - very pretty and atmospheric as we drove through Williams to Bearizona, home to bears (hence the name) and jaguars (as yet undiscovered by the resident biologist in the back seat, for the sake of sanity of all participants). Alas, the map rapidly divulged this not-so-hidden gem, and the drive-through area, containing wolves, bears, bison and many deer things with sticks, was virtually ignored in the desperation to reach the ... read more
Bear!
Another bear...or possibly same bear
Jaguar Brother 1

North America » United States » Arizona » Yucca January 3rd 2020

Complete change of temperature and scenery now...we’ve moved from the wet, hilly, green, snowy vistas of the north east to the brown, sparse desert expanse of Arizona. Arrived here via an early morning start from Boston (to just catch the last of the hard-core New Year’s revellers) to Vegas, where we made a hasty exit (well, at least we tried). We have acquired a new tank-like vehicle to navigate our way around the south. First stop was Oatman to check out the resident burros. Next, after a long drive through some very empty space, we arrived at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, our home for the next few days. Introductions all round (goats, horses, wranglers) before a hearty meal and a much-needed sleep. The following few days have been filled with eating and relaxation, punctuated by the ... read more
Off into the Arizona Desert with Sis and Gambler
Cactus Hill

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 19th 2019

YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT - RECOMMENDED - THEN GO BACK TO THE BLOG OR GO THROUGH THE 14 PHOTOS - CLICK ON NEXT OR PREVIOUS) IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. I PUT LOTS OF INFORMATION IN THE PHOTO CAPTIONS SO YOU CAN SKIP THE NARRATIVE, JUST LOOK AT THE ENLARGED PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS AND YOU'LL STILL GET MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU EVER WANTED. TO RETURN TO THE BLOG ENTRY, CLICK YOUR BACK BUTTON OR ON THE NAME OF THE BLOG - BELOW THE NUMBERS ON THE LEFT. Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful family and friends. May you be Blessed with Love, Peace and Happiness this Holiday Season. Hanukkah begins the evening of December 22, so we wish all of our Jewish friends a peaceful and harmonious Hanukkah. May the Lights ... read more
Bernie, Kathy, MIck & Pat
Marcela, Vic & JJ in Tucson
Feb. - March

North America » United States » Arizona » Flagstaff October 10th 2019

Mom: Long day. We got up early and were sad to leave our beautiful place in Hollywood Hills, but the adventure was about to begin. I personally was rather happy to finally get out of the crazy L.A. traffic. We set Waze with our destination and followed where it led. Went north a good bit first, then eventually wound up on I-40. I told Justin we could technically now shut off all GPS tracking, as all we need to do is follow 40 home. This was our longest leg. About 7 hours to Flagstaff. Beautiful drive! The traffic and mountains gave way to more mountains and scrubby bushes. A few things were different than my expectations: I thought the mountains would give way faster, but we were in mountains pretty much all day today. Beautiful!! I ... read more
Scenery
Lunch on Route 66
Welcome to Arizona!

North America » United States » Arizona October 6th 2019

Day 14 Flagstaff/Winona to Cameron Out of Flagstaff we rode Route 66 to Winona the start of today's route. Joining the route on a single track through scrub we encountered the lone KTM rider at his campsite on the side of the track. His "lost" companion had decided to bail on yesterday's section & head, by seal for the comfort of a motel. "Not impressed" was the feeling we got! Continuing on gravel for some time before the surface changed to loose dark grey cinder approaching Sunset Cone, a dormant volcano. This surface was a little like soft sand to ride through & continued for around 15kms. Then, more gravel including a very steep rocky downhill which we had just got over, to encounter a steep gnarly uphill! From then on we were bouncing off large ... read more
A house from a bygone era
Bikes in a Cameron Sunrise
Bryan on the Range

North America » United States » Arizona October 5th 2019

Day 12 Mammoth to Young Leaving Mammoth our route started just off the main road in the middle of town. Onto single track gravel straight away with a bit everything. Sand, rocks, switchbacks & a washed out culvert with logs in it, This caught me out by approaching it too tentatively but no harm done. This Trail continued for a total of 24kms before we rode into Globe on seal It wasn’t until we were having a coffee & studying our maps in a Taco Bell we realised we had missed an expert section of the route over Pioneer Pass. Never mind that’s life. Out of Globe we were soon into an section rated expert by the BDR. It was rocky, sandy and challenging but an enjoyable ride with spectacular views from our elevation of 1700m. ... read more
Clara in the store
Mike in the store
Old Truck




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