Category Archives: Arizona

Zion

This week We are in the Zion National Park, Utah. A beautiful punishing place if you hike Angles Landing, not for the faint of heart…welcome-to-zion-national-park

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Our mission is to climb this beast… Angles Landing….zion-3

It’s not easy….

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It took us 6 hours up and back, five people have fallen to their death in the past 10 years but if you go slow and steady it’s a piece of “well …. be careful” . A wonderful hike …

 

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Next, westward to Valley of Fire in Nevada …

Grand Canyon – South Rim

Just outside of the Grand Canyon National Park, Maria waits for tourist to stop and buy her turquoise and silver jewelry, we oblige. I ask the obvious questions I’m sure she has heard all her life. With her hair held up by a Bic pen she tells me she is Navajo (American Indian), and her family has been here since the beginning of time, such a lovely woman, I wish I had more time to spend with her…GrandCanyon-2 GrandCanyon-3 GrandCanyon-6

We are on our 6th day traveling around Arizona and Utah and today we are at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon…

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Next Flagstaff and Phoenix Arizona…

Smoking Pot on the trail

We are traveling around Arizona and Utah this week, first stop Sedona Arizona.

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A local told us of a great hike that tourist rarely get to and that I could get a good shot from behind Cathedral Rock. Once there I sit in the shade and take this shot.

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This is the spot to “Zin-out” because next to me is a bag of pot and a pipe, I look around and no one is in sight, no one … “Hmmm”, I take a picture of it, pick it up, smell it. “Hmmm”, I look around again, not a soul except my partner Ms. E. Well… I put it back ;) where I found it, maybe the next hiker will enjoy it…Pot on trail

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Next Glen Canyon Utah

Horse Shoe Bend & Lake Powell – Page Arizona

People have fallen to their death taking pictures of one of the most photographed sites of the Grand Canyon, Horse Shoe Bend. We are on our last day in Page, Arizona.

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Lizard tracks …

LakePowell-55The Glen Canyon Dam divides the Colorado River, on one side is Lake Powell, and on the other is the start of the Grand Canyon.

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On the Lake Powell side, people line the shore camping. Winnebago type adventurers also have a big presence here.

LakePowell-50 We are on a short hike to Horse Shoe Bend so bring water.

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Be careful along the rim, there are no railings and definitely watch your children.

With my camera attached to my tripod laying flat on the ground, I set the timer, laid on my stomach, and slid the camera over the edge holding on to the feet of the tripod.

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Next, Southern cooking in NC…

Antelope Canyon – Page Arizona

This is one of the most beautiful natural places i have seen.

I’m in the US this month visiting in Phoenix Arizona. Four hours north of Phoenix is the little town of Page situated on the border of Arizona and Utah. Outside of Page is one of the most wonderful natural places on earth, the Antelope Slot Canyons. Created by rain and wind millennia ago the walls are 50 to 100 feet tall, we hiked down into these canyons for a few shots.

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Gets a little tight…

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You start by squeezing through these crevasses and descend into a wonderland.

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Some tips…

  • Take the photographers tour. $50. Private guide and no crowds.
  • Use a tripod, F11 or higher, ISO 100 to 1000 depending on the daylight above.
  • Bring a brush and blower for your camera. Gets dusty down there.
  • There are many tour operations but come on your own. Come early when they open. The canyons are operated by the Navajo Indians and you must pay to enter. $25 for group tour.PageMap

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Next Lake Powell and Horse Shoe Bend…

 

Taliesin West

We left Kuala Lumpur about a week ago to visit the US. We spent three days in Las Vegas and now we are in Phoenix, Arizona. Today we visit Taliesin West.

Arizona Taliesin-29 Frank Lloyd Wright, (1867 – 1959) was one of the greatest American Architects of the 20th

century, eccentric and controversial, his legacy endures and inspires future architects of today. Wright established a school just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona called Taliesin West, established in 1937 it is still a working school today.

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Here is a rare photograph of David Elgin Dodge, registered architect and former apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright. I took this just the other day while he sat in the dinner hall at Taliesin. Mr. Dodge is the grandson of Horace Elgin Dodge of the Dodge Motor Company.

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If you don’t know who Frank Lloyd Wright is, he designed the Guggenheim Museum in NYC and the famous Falling Waters home in Pennsylvania.

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This is a model of a house Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Marilyn Monroe. She rejected the concept. Arizona Taliesin-67Arizona Taliesin-54

If you admire the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright it is well worth the visit and take the one-hour tour.

Phoenix proper is really several towns combined. You have Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, and downtown Phoenix all one big city out in the middle of a desert. As the sun sets behind Camel Back Mountain it only means one thing, dinner time.

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Hermosa Inn and Lon’s Restaurant

Listed as one of the top 500 hotels and Restaurants in the world Lon’s serves up an international cuisine that is just wonderful. The Inn was initially the home of Alonzo “Lon” Megargee a renowned cowboy artist of his time, time being 1936. The patio restaurant is comfortable with a cool desert breeze flowing in, and if it’s too cool, sit around one of the private fires situated on the property.

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I asked if I could go back to the kitchen and take some pictures. Waitress was befuddled and scurried off. She came back and said sure…

This is Janet I believe she said. She is the pastry chef, beautiful, wonderful woman. This is the chef of the night. His dishes, preparation and presentation were impeccable.  This place is well worth a visit.

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I sneaked down to the wine cellar … Napa Valley, California all over the place !!!

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Next, a quick peek a Jerome …

What do you crave?

According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs the top three needs are sex, well that’s a given, number two is housing, and the number one need is food and you need to meet all three to advance to the next stage of Self-actualization,  according to Maslow.

So being away from one’s home country for so long you start to crave certain things that you miss. Lacking in any one of the “hierarchy needs” will not kill you but will cause a craving of unmanageable proportion and my craving is a good pizza. I am on my way back to the USA for a short visit after being in Malaysia for over a year. My first stop is in Phoenix, Arizona to visit family and we have found some of the best pizza I think I have ever had.

Cooked in an imported wood burning brick oven at a temperature of 485 C (905 F) the organic sourdough crust blisters to a nice char. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside with a good tug factor to pull a piece away and enjoy. Ingredients are organic and fresh. Some of the best I have ever had.

What do you crave ?