Flagstaff Arizona

Trip Start Jan 16, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, September 18, 2006

OK so its been a while since my last update.

I left Wyoming the Wednesday before labor day. I went all the way to Denver hoping to stay until the day after labor day. Unfortunately I could only stay until that Saturday. The highlight of my short visit of the Denver area was the Red Rocks Ampitheater. For those of you the remember when Mtv played music videos U2 recorded a live version of Sunday Bloody Sunday here. It was a very cool place, the CCC (one of FDR's projects in the 30's) built this. It is apparently a place that all musicians love to play at. The Allman Brothers Band was there while I was there and I tried to get a ticket but the were sold out. So I will have to come back here someday for a concert.

My next stop was at a state park just east of Albuquerque New Mexico. I was there for a few days. While in New Mexico I went up to SantaFe. I also went up to Los Alamos to see Bandaliers where American Indians lived in the side of cliffs. It was very cool.

From New Mexico I went into Arizona. I stayed at the Meteor Crator RV Park just a few short miles from Meteor Crater Park. This is where the Apollo astronauts did some training to go to the moon. It is one of the best preserved meteor craters found so far.

The next day I drove back towards New Mexico to see the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. While on the way I did drive on part of the Historic Route 66 and found the Wigwam Motel. In addition to being a small motel some of the rooms were teepees.

Petrified Forest and Painted Desert was one long drive. It took me most of the day to go through. At the first stop the was a rangers station that had a short movie on the Petrified Forest and the history of it. They closed the movie out by showing what could happen if you try to take a piece of petrified wood. You could be arrested. How would you like that on your criminal record? Anyway the Petrified Forest was very cool. There were several places that had hundreds of petrified wood pieces just laying on the ground where they have been for 1000's of years. Painted Desert was also very cool and I could see some similarities between it and Picture Rocks in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan.

After that I arrived in Flagstaff. I decided to stay in Flagstaff for about a week and to started looking at potential places to settle down. While here I did go to the Lowell Observeatory where the planet Pluto was now discovered and the tour guide did seem to be a little upset that it is no longer considered a planet. One of the most interesting things that I learned about Pluto was that for about 20 years for 1979-1999 it was actually closer to the sun the Neptune was. Apparently every 200 hundred years or so its orbit takes it inside of Neptune.

Anyhow other cities I have checked out in addition are Sedona and Prescott. On Monday i will be headed to the Phoenix area to check it out. I really liked all 3 cities so far but they all have some drawbacks for me. Flagstaff does get quite a bit of snow during the winter (about 100 inches) and it is currently 36 degrees at 10 minutes to midnight. I need a little warmer weather. Sedona was beautiful and the winters are a little milder, but I believe it is expensive to live there and Prescott was nice but the smallest town (about 15,000). So now its on to Phoenix and to see what is it like.

While in Flagstaff I did drive up to the Grand Canyon and all I can really say is Wow. I went on Friday and Sunday. Friday the weather was a little cloudy and the visibility was less than ten miles. On Sunday it was a clear blue sky and the visibility was about 40 miles. I drove the south rim to the east rim. I don't know when, but since Ive decided to settle in Arizona I know I will get back to the Grand Canyon and take a mule ride down into the canyon.

That's about all for now. And remember Michigam 47 Norte Dame 21.
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