Yearly Archive: 2016

Dec 06

Lava Flow Trail: Sunset Crater National Monument

The best hike in the Sunset Crater National Monument in Arizona is the Lava Flow Trail.  A short mile long loop that explores the volcanic landscape.  Overlooked by the San Francisco Peaks and Sunset Crater the Lava Flow Trail offers the best scenery in the park.   The Lava Flow Trail is an interpretive loop hike with …

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Dec 04

Lennox Crater Trail: Sunset Crater National Monument

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In a land of scenic views the Lennox Crater Trail offers yet once again another one.  A steep short trail that once I gathered my breath I was able to enjoy the fine sight of the San Francisco Peaks and the Bonito Lava Flow below.  A nice workout.  Worth doing if you have the time …

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Dec 03

Out of Africa: Revisit

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! If it has claws, sharp teeth, and roars chances are it will have a nice home at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park.  Such a large variety of predators on display. However, it has a lot more to offer than just a typical zoo experience.  It is probably the …

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Dec 01

A Good Day

My favorite moment in twelve years as a coach did not happen on a field.  It took place on a cold fall morning as I got to experience sunrise at the Grand Canyon with nine of my athletes.  The collective gasp and silence from a group of guys, known to talk nonstop, as they soaked …

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Nov 30

Rim Trail: Walnut Canyon National Monument

Scenic, short, and flat, top three things that make for a “hey everybody can do this one” hike.  The Rim Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument is an easy .7-mile trail that offers some wonderful views of the canyon below.  Home to over 300 cliff dwellings of the Sinagua people.  Walnut Canyon National Monument offers …

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Nov 28

Island Trail: Walnut Canyon National Monument

Easy to visualize but hard to fathom how any group of people would not only live on a cliff side rim but thrive.  The Island Trail provides a close up look at this historical site.  The trail drops 185 feet over a series of steps.  Once down to the “island” part of the trail the …

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Nov 27

Bearizona: Revisit

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What a difference a few years make.   It seems like we had just visited Bearizona, but the years are flying by.  Three quick years later and we were back in the Flagstaff area of Arizona.  This trip was more of a work related adventure.  I brought my inner-city cross-country guys along to do some high-altitude …

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Nov 21

Desert View Watchtower: Grand Canyon National Park

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Like a lone sentinel keeping watch of the east entrance to one of the grandest views around.  The Desert View Watchtower perches over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon just as the Colorado River tracks north into the scenic desert landscape of Arizona.  The Desert View Watchtower seems like an ancient relic of the …

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Nov 19

Aspen Nature Trail: Arizona Snowbowl

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The Aspen Nature Trail is a fantastic fall hike in the Snowbowl area of Flagstaff Arizona.  A short relatively easy hike that pops when the aspens start to change colors.  I say relatively easy because nothing is simple at 9,000 feet.  Good news it is a short hike at less than 2 miles in length.  …

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Nov 15

Williams Murals

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While we will never be able to see Mother Road in its heyday.  The romanticized version of it is alive and well on the walls of the remnants of the Route 66.  There is some really great artwork on display and the Williams Murals rank right up there with the best of them. The Williams …

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