Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On the way to The Big Ditch

I had never seen it except in pictures and videos.  Everyone said it was more than a big hole in the ground.  I'd had the opportunity a few times on trips to Arizona and Vegas, but I always opted not to go.  Now was the time.  I really wanted to see Bryce and Zion and this could be part of the trip.  So, off to the Grand Canyon.  TA DA!  Starting on the Spanish National Historic Trail: 

We stopped in Williams on the way so everyone could see the Route 66 sign.  I actually drove this from LA to St. Louis back in the 70's.  A really cool trip.

Of course, the song got stuck in my head for days afterwards.  'Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino'.  Listen to Nat King Cole sing it.

The Grand Canyon train runs from Williams up to the canyon, but we would be driving up from Sedona, after a detour to Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape.
Marveling at this enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture reveals a people surprisingly similar to ourselves.  NPS

Then on up to Sedona for a pleasant stay at the Poco Diablo Resort, owned and operated by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.  If you click on the photo and see it full size on your screen, look closely and you will see a sign for a roundabout.  They have them at every street crossing the highway.  They did it to improve traffic flow on the road.  Everyone says it would work if the drivers only knew what to do.  At least they only have one lane going around, so it is much easier than here.

We rode jeeps out into the back country and visited the homestead of Sedona's only unsolved murder.

Overall, the views in Sedona really are rather grand:

And if the views look familiar, you probably saw them in a movie.

Tomorrow, the big ditch itself, from the air, no less.

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