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Oct 09 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
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40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Walpi TourNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Charger55
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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
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May 10 2013
Randal_Schulha
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60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Northern Arizona Trek - May 2013, AZ 
Northern Arizona Trek - May 2013, AZ
 
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Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack10.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Sarah’s Grad and Northern Arizona Trek - May 2013

4 days
3 nights
791 miles by truck
110 miles by boat
324 digital images
1 Master’s Degree celebration
1 Slot Canyon
1 Natural Bridge
1 Vintage Mary Colter designed hotel
1 Mother’s Day
Priceless!

With my daughter Sarah’s graduation from ASU with a Master’s in Clinical Speech Pathology, my parents made the trek down from Canada to celebrate the achievement. Considering that Mother’s Day would be over the weekend, a road trip was in order :next:

Friday May 10th
11am to 3pm Sarah’s grad @ ASU
3pm drive from Ahwatukee to Flagstaff – 161 miles, 2hrs 26min per Google Maps
Fairfield Inn Flagstaff, 2005 South Milton Road, Flagstaff, AZ – Confirmation #85054171 & 85054171
5pm – 9:30pm Lowell Observatory 2nd Friday Science Night, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, Arizona
ASU Clinical Speech Pathology :next: http://shs.asu.edu/pg-mas
Marriott Fairfield Inn, Flagstaff AZ :next: http://www.fairfieldinnflagstaff.com/
Lowell Observatory :next: http://www.lowell.edu/
Beaver Street Brewery :next: http://beaverstreetbrewery.com/

After Sarah’s graduation ceremony held at Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU main campus, friends and family gathered at our Ahwatukee home for some good eats and an opportunity to personally congratulate Sarah. As the day wound down, it was time to head out on a road trip to Northern Arizona to take in some sights my parents only thought they could view through other people’s photographs. First destination – Flagstaff AZ to catch the “2nd Friday Evening Event” at Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill. The evening event was just about to wrap-up when we arrived 9-ish, but we still were able to walk the grounds and see the various telescope installations. Checked into the Marriott Fairfield Inn – rooms were scarce since NAU grad ceremonies were also on this weekend! Had time for a late evening stroll to Beaver Street Brewery – a Flagstaff visit requirement…



Saturday May 11th
8am drive from Flagstaff to Page AZ – 192 miles, 3hrs 15min per Google Maps (note Hwy89 closed at Echo Cliffs)
Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, 100 Lakeshore Drive, Page, AZ 86040 - Confirmation # 80002356H
Upper and/or Lower Antelope Slot Canyon guided or self-guided hike
Mars Hill :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=921
Hwy 89A Kachina homage :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=274911
Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1042
Upper Antelope Canyon :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=763
Glen Canyon Dam Overlook :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=409
Horseshoe Bend Overlook :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=410
Wahweap Marina Walk – Glen Canyon NRA :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17716
Lake Powell Resort & Marina :next: http://www.lakepowell.com/accommodation ... tions.aspx
Big John’s Texas BBQ, Page AZ :next: http://visitpagearizona.com/activities/ ... beque.html

After our complimentary breakfast at the Flagstaff Marriott Fairfield Inn, we checked out and returned to Lowell Observatory to trek around the grounds in daylight – quite the contrast from the previous evening’s “stumble in the dark”… We met “Big John” performing some of the morning chores around Lowell and he invited us into the Pluto Observatory for a private tour prior to the official visitor opening at 9am. “Big John” was a fount of information giving us the history of the site, including all the construction obstacles and the competitive nature of the academics in the race to discover planets in their predicted mathematical location. Once we’d had our fill of astronomy, we hit the road towards Page AZ. After an obligatory stop at my favorite Kachina site http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=338650 (kicking myself that I failed to take a geocoded photo with my iPhone), we bounced our way up Highway 89 towards the detour around the sinkhole (check out :next: http://www.azdot.gov/us89/ and http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/ ... lapse.html ), via Hwy 160 through Tuba City to Hwy 98 near Cow Springs to approach Page AZ from the SE. This detour easily adds another hour onto your drive from Flagstaff to Page. We elected to do the Upper Antelope Slot Canyon tour rather than the Lower Slot Canyon, only because of the flat terrain. I recalled multiple ladders and rock butt slides when exploring the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon. Our Navajo Guide, Frankie, was full of facts about the canyon formation and pointed out the mostly unnoticed features within the slot canyon. Unexpectedly, Frankie is quite the digital photo buff and helped set up shots for most of the visitors. He knew my Canon cameras beyond any of my abilities. After Antelope Canyon we drifted into town to find a late lunch/early dinner joint – Big John’s Texas BBQ fit the bill. We checked into our rooms at the Lake Powell Resort and Marina (NPS Annual Pass came in handy once again to gain entrance into the Wahweap section of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area), freshened up prior to some sunset exploration around Glen Canyon Dam and Horseshoe Bend Overlook.



Sunday May 12th
7:30am to 1pm boat tour to Rainbow Bridge – confirmation # 80002356O
2pm drive from Page AZ to Winslow AZ via Hopi Lands – 241 miles, 4hrs 22min per Google Maps
La Posada Hotel, 303 E 2nd St, Winslow, AZ 86047 - Confirmation#72185 for Rm115, #72184 for Rm125
7:30pm Mother’s Day dinner reservation at Turquoise Room in La Posada per Jonny
Lake Powell boat tour to Rainbow Bridge :next: http://www.lakepowell.com/play/tours/bo ... idge-.aspx
Rainbow Bridge via Lake Powell :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=16011
Walpi Hopi Village :next: http://www.museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=32451 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=15635
La Posada Walking Tour :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17717
Turquois Room :next: http://www.theturquoiseroom.net/ Mother’s Day, 3 people, $235 including tip…

Mother’s Day – Up at dawn to catch an early breakfast and check out of our hotel rooms prior to boarding our Rainbow Bridge tour boat at 7am :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=338686 . Besides our Captain’s Derek and Theresa, I think I may have been the only other Arizona resident on that boat that day. Had a chance to chat with visitors from France, Germany, and England – many who had seen the bridge on previous vacations. Interesting that there was instant recognition by our fellow boaters – we all were on the Upper Antelope Canyon trek the day before and were all staying Saturday evening at the Lake Powell Resort! I failed to note the time extension for the tour :next: “The Castle Rock Cut is currently closed due to low lake levels. This tour will last approximately 7 - 7.5 hours total.” Hopefully this won’t impact our 7:30pm dinner reservation at the Turquoise Room in Winslow AZ… The lower lake levels also tacked on an additional half mile for the hike to Rainbow Bridge (hope I didn’t burn out my parents’ wheels tackling Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend the day before). Mission accomplished :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=338832 . Upon returning to Wahweap Marina, we grabbed some cold refreshments and jumped in my F-150 for the backcountry tour through Navajo and Hopi Lands. Didn’t have enough time to stop at Coal Mine Canyon ( http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=980 ), but we did have just enough for a drive-by of Old Oraibi and Walpi on the Hopi mesas. We arrived at La Posada in Winslow before 6:30pm – plenty of time to freshen up prior to another gastronomic gem served up by Chef John in the Turquoise Room :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=338695 and http://www.theturquoiseroom.net/_blog/A ... _McClendon’s_farm_prepare_for_Mother's_Day_Special_Event/ . After dinner we had a chance to explore the eclectic La Posada then sit out back to do some trainspotting…


Monday May 13th
8am drive from Winslow AZ to Ahwatukee via Mogollon RIm – 183 miles, 3hrs 16min per Google Maps
La Posada Walking Tour :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=17717

Mother’s Day – The Day After… Gathered at 8am in the Turquoise Room for morning breakfast (don’t know where I found the space for breakfast after that huge Sunday meal) and a daylight stroll around the hotel grounds before taking the Hwy 87/Mogollon Rim route home through Payson.



More photos to follow... ;)
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Mar 09 2013
jdnevi
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 Routes 1
 Triplogs 76

35 male
 Joined Nov 29 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Walpi TourNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Oct 06 2012
Hansenaz
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 Guides 4
 Routes 163
 Photos 6,348
 Triplogs 375

67 male
 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
NE Arizona tour, AZ 
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A 3-day Fall break trip to Navajo/Hopi land.

We spent an hour or so exploring the southern edge of Coal Mine Canyon (15mi south of Tuba City). What a fantastic place! Like stumbling across Bryce Canyon with no signs or fences. I wouldn't bring a dog or an 8-yr old.

Arrived at Navajo National Monument Sunday morning in time for the once-a-week Ranger guided tour to Betatakin Ruin. We (and 15 other well-geared hikers) were disappointed though when the hike was cancelled as the Ranger's helper didn't show up on time. This is another beautiful place and it would have been a perfect day for the long hike to Keet Seel - too bad the park is under-resourced. We walked the overlook trails which are well worth it..

Our first trip to Canyon de Chelly and we walked the White House Trail. This is a beautiful trail into a beautiful canyon - a little bit unfortunate that a wire fence keeps you well away from the ruin.

Monday morning we drove up First Mesa and took the Walpi walking tour. We were lucky to get there just in time to join the only tour of the day (done informally because it was a Hopi holiday). This is a tour more than a hike but we learned a lot of interesting things about Hopi history and modern life. If you have a few extra bucks buy some crafts from the residents.

Stopped at Homolovi on the way home. I was disappointed that the ruin wasn't heck of a lot more interesting than some of the local Perry Mesa Ruins but there was certainly a wider range of pottery types littering the ground.
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Apr 19 2011
BubbaSue
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54 female
 Joined Mar 17 2011
 Page, AZ
Walpi TourNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2011
BubbaSue
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Drove up to the Hopi Reservation to look around. The Hopi Culteral Center was closed except for the restaurant and the hostess there said she didn't know of any tours. So I stopped at some of the jewelry/craft shops on 2nd Mesa. Talked to some nice people. Everyone had a relative who gave tours, but I didn't find any of them at home. Stopped at a jewelry store an watched a man making intricate silver jewelry. He told me of the tour at Walpi.

The tour was spectacular. The guide was very knowledgeable and there were many people making and selling katchina dolls along the way. The handcarved dolls were great and even when I said I didn't have money to buy any, the artists were very nice about explaining the many kachinas and symbols anyway.

Someone above meantioned they saw lots of people with cameras. I didn't, and there were signs saying no photographs allowed and the guide told us as well. It is a shame for such a picturesque place. But the tour was well worth the $13.00.
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Dec 28 2008
Randal_Schulha
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 Guides 71
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 Photos 9,967
 Triplogs 1,009

60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Walpi TourNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
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Part of an Xmas/New Year's break spent up in Navajo/Hopi lands using La Posada in Winslow as our "base camp". See => http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=4512

Confused about photo restrictions on Hopi Lands. Literature suggests "no photography allowed", yet plenty of cameras in sight => http://www.archives.gov/research/ansel- ... /aas01.jpg
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PaleoRob
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 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Walpi TourNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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PaleoRob
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Hopi Harvest Festival on First Mesa, esp. Sichomovi.
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May 10 2005
Crzy4AZ
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 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Walpi TourNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
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Took a tour of First Mesa (Walpi) and ate warm piki bread. Spent the night at the Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa and the next day did some exploring and shopping on Third Mesa (Orabi).

Good shopping options:
Hamana So-o's Arts & Crafts- Old Oraibi Village 928 309 9080
Tsakurshovi - 2nd mesa on Hwy 264 - 928 734 2478

Only place to stay/eat:
http://www.hopiculturalcenter.com/
They have business cards of locals that can take you petroglyph tours or other tours.
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