Sunday, July 29, 2007

Roll Out That Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Lazy Sunday

At 6AM the humidity level is 94%. It's going to be a hot one today. And while I know it's much hotter degree-wise out West, our high humidity makes it so much more miserable here, to my way of thinking.

My thoughts are of the "it's a dry heat" of Arizona this morning. The theme for this Lazy Sunday? The varying landscapes of that magnificent state.

One of our favorite places in Arizona is Sedona, a quirky little town surrounded by red rocks. This photo was taken at the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

When I was a child, one of the neighborhood kids had a piece of petrified wood which fascinated me. The best part of rv travel is seeing all those places I dreamed about as a child. Lacy Point in the Painted Desert area of the Petrified Forest National Park is one many scenic viewpoints that provide an excellent photo opportunity.

A terrific day trip is driving east from Apache Junction along Rt. 88 up to the Roosevelt Dam and on around to Rt. 60. Known as the Apache Trail, a lot of the road will be dirt and gravel and barely wide enough for two cars at time, but the vistas are incredible when you are a desert-lover.

A hidden gem in the southeastern part of Arizona is the Chiricahua National Monument. You won't find a lot of people here, but you'll find shady spots to picnic, trails to hike and fascinating rock formations.

A clay cliff in the Petrified Forest National Park. This section of the park is known as the Blue Mesa area, thanks to the bluish-gray bentonite clay that has been exposed by rain over the years.

It's a tradition for some returning winter visitors to climb Silly Mountain, located near Apache Junction, AZ. We've done it both as a hike, and to locate geocaches hidden there.

One certainly cannot forget the Grand Canyon when talking about magnificent vistas in Arizona. This photograph was taken at Mohave Point.

I had to bicycle out five miles if I wanted to make a cell phone call while staying at the Queen Valley RV Park, but the sunsets alone were worth it. This is looking west towards the Superstition Mountains.

1 comment:

Coll said...

Someday I hope to be a Canadian snowbird who spends part of the winters in Arizona. :-)

And I agree with you about the humidity. Normally our summers are dry.. but not this year.

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