The Grand Canyon at Sunset

Standing against the railing along the edge of the cliff, I watched as far as my eyes can see of the panorama around. Immense, wide, expansive. Because it stretches 277 miles. Who could see it all at once? For the one admission fee, you can explore it for seven days.

The Grand Canyon National Park.

That only one part of it, was a combination of thousands of frames, each had their own exhilarating beauty that you could see and feel simultaneously.

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Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, AZ

It was just a few miles away from my route, so I detoured to visit the park memorializing the Eagles’ song “Take it Easy”, the Standin’ on a Corner Park in a nice historic town of Winslow, Arizona on old Route 66. It became a quiet town when Interstate Highway 40 by-passed it, but there were still some small businesses around, and to patronize them, I went inside the store right across from the statue, bought a drink and met the very nice owners. We were taking it easy! Every time I will hear that Eagles’ song, I can say that I’ve been on that corner and I was standin’ there 🙂 Continue reading “Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, AZ”

Meteor Crater in Arizona

Experience the impact! 🙂 More than 2 million tons of TNT was said to be the force of the celestial object that made this remarkable planetary crater upon impact, a huge hole in the ground. Roadtripper showed a Meteor Crater attraction in Winslow, AZ, which was just within a few mile radius along my general route. So drove I to see the result of the impact of the meteorite from space hitting the earth! Others say it is just a hole, but a rare one that was formed by a 130’ wide meteor, it is 2.4 miles in circumference, nearly one mile across and more than 570 feet deep. It is huge, the tourists look so small compared to it. The whole crater won’t fit into a regular camera from any of the vantage points, you need a wide-angle lens, or in today, ones even phones with panoramic capabilities.

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Lowell Observatory Pluto Telescope

My parents in front of the historical 13 inch Astrograph (a type of telescope employed exclusively to take pictures) used to discover Pluto in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.

This was at Lowell Observatory, Mars Hill Campus, in Flagstaff, AZ, which was named as one of “The World’s Most Important Places” by Time Magazine in 2011 (pp 112). It was established in 1894. It was also here at Lowell Observatory that the rings around Uranus was discovered in 1977. Continue reading “Lowell Observatory Pluto Telescope”

Desert View Watchtower Photos

I can say it was still beautiful especially at the Desert View and Watchtower site even though much of the Grand Canyon view was covered by clouds and fog.

When I booked our flights, the weather forecast was not available yet for the week that my parents and I would be visiting the Grand Canyon. I was really hoping that my parents would get to see and enjoy the views. And they still did, for some part. We were grateful it was not pouring down the whole time. It was just generally kind of drizzly. We were not alone though, for there were a lot of people of different nationalities who were in the same situation with us – enjoying what we can see that the clouds did not cover.

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Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona

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For just about two hours, we drove from Desert View in Grand Canyon to Page, Arizona off Highway 89 to see the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River that I have heard/read about after my solo trip to the Grand Canyon two years prior. One of the tourists’ comments was it could easily be the most beautiful of sights. And I say indeed and it was even more beautiful than the Grand Canyon itself!

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