Grand Canyon, Walnut Canyon, Petrified Forest, Paintede Desert, Coconino National Forest, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Colorado River Float Trip, Sunset Crater, Wupatki Nat Monument, Monument Valley and Pinnacle Peak in Phoenix
1 Our first of several stops at the Cameron Trading Post. Later on our way to Monument valley, we even had a prolonged stay because of a bus breakdown.
2 Just before we arrived at the Grand Canyon, the bus stopped at the canyons cut out by the Little Colorado, a branch of the Colorado. A nice preview of what was coming next.
3 The Grand Canyon
4 I temporarily stayed at the top of the trail to get the picture. Jo, Karen and Gary started down the trail used by the mules to haul people down into the canyon. Kind of had to watch our step.
5 Gary, Karen, and Jo
6 The four of us
7 Monday, April 24th, we went out on our own. We started the day at Walnut Canyon National Monument and saw several Indian ruins. We then went on to the Petrified forest and the Painted Desert.
8 To the right of Gary and Karen you can see the cliff dwellings in the side of the cliff. We had a very long walk toward the bottom of the canyon with many steps up to get back.
9 We are heading back to the top on the canyon. We paced ourselves and gradually made our way back. At the top you can see the Visitors Center.
10 Karen was busy counting steps. I forgot how many she got to, about double the number they stated in the handout. Not too far to go!
11 Petrified Forest National Park
12 Here, Gary and Jo are looking across the Painted Desert.
13 I shot this picture showing how, with erosion, more petrified logs are showing up.
14 Lots of colors, below you can see a walkway, but at this point in time we were beat, so we didn't adventure down.
15 Great view of lots of petrified remains.
16 April 25, Stop on the tour at Oak Creek Canyon.
17 A view of the cut backs in the road which we are about to go down.
18 One of the few pictures with the four of us together. Nice Sedona shot.
19 Jo shopping in Sedona.
20 Montezuma Castle.
21 Montezuma Castle.
22 April 26, I think this was the highlight of our trip. We took one bus to the Cameron Trading Post and ended up there for a couple of hours, the connecting bus broke down. When we finally made it, it was well worth the wait. The first picture is the Glen Canyon Dam and if you look at the right cliff you can see where they discarded stone when the dug a two mile long tunnel to get from the top of the canyou to the dam.
23 First bend after leaving Glen Canyon Dam.
24 The trip lasted about five hours. At about the 1/2 way point, a guide in the other raft hook up with us and he sang to us in the shade of the south rim...it was kind of hot on the Colorado.
25 Our guide, in the picture with Karen and Gary, parked the raft along side a bolder on the river and I took a picture of the three.
26 Nice sand dune toward the end of our trip.
27 Sunset Crater
28 Lava Flow
29 Cinder Cones
30 Sunset Crater
31 Flower in cinders
32 Wupatki National Monument
33 Wupatki National Monument
34 Wupatki National Monument
35 Wupatki National Monument
36 Monument Valley
37 Monument Valley
38 Our touring Vehicle
39 Monument Valley
40 Gary doing a traditional dance
41 Bill and Jo in Monument Valley
42 Jo and Gary Shopping
43 Pinnacle Peak Patio in Scottsdale, AZ.
44 Pinnacle Peak Patio
45 Dining at Pinnacle Peak Patio
46 Dining and Entertainment at Pinnacle Peak Patio