I’ve enjoyed my first year blogging on WordPress. But of course, it’s not really about the blogs themselves, but the numerous experiences and photographs that led me to sharing these to begin with. The American Southwest is Amazing! I hope also that I can inspire just one person to get just get there and just wander someplace – very little happens sitting on the couch. Be Safe and Thank you!
When people from other parts of the country think of Phoenix, Arizona in July, they generally think of the heat.
Yes, it’s hot. But we don’t mind “shoveling sinshine” all year.
Often overlooked, or even unknown, is that we go through a Monsoon Season. Just about about any day, you can get dumped on by a large amount of rain. But it’s a bit like the lottery. It can be pouring in one place and a couple miles away can be bone dry.
But one thing Monsoon Season brings everyone, is we get some of the best sunsets in the world. And this week alone, is a great example. This is one of my favorite reasons for being in Phoenix and more than makes up for the heat. Enjoy!
Had a fantasric hike in Sedona, Arizona yesterday with my wife.
I will say that this moderate+ trail was well worth the effort (and the beat – it soared to 104F). You do have areas where a little “mountain goat” is needed, so plan accordingly. As always, you can never bring enough water. This is a popular trail and it always amazes me to see folks with one little water bottle. There was actually a 911 call for a lost man who wandered off after feeling ill. Altitude and heat are a dangerous combination!
But for the trail itself – fantastic!
Photos speak for themselves
And don’t forget the payoff (this is why you are here):
Darn you Arizona! There is so much to see, but you leave us little options but to visit all of your fantastic landmarks multiple times to get a more complete experience. And what a wonderful problem to have.
A recent trip through Page, Arizona was carefully planned to take in a couple of places at a different time of day (and season) then the last time I was there. Along with Lower Antelope Canyon, one I had to see again was Horseshoe Bend. This time at Sunset.
Sunset provided a much different experience than the early morning of last summer.
But do not forget that the “wall” that provides the viewing plateau is very underrated and quite impressive on its own.
You’ll notice that the 1000 ft. drop to the bottom offers “no guardrails” and many folks often put them themselves precariously close to the edge.
Horseshoe Bend is not the only view of the Colorado River. Take a quick stop just outside of town for a scenic view of Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River.