Arizona Road Trip 2011
December 25-30, 2011
Mikey's Moments > Arizona Road Trip 2011
A holiday shutdown at work left a gap to squeeze in a 6 day road trip to northern Arizona. Basing myself mostly in Flagstaff I was setup to visit some very interesting attractions, including the Grand Canyon! At 2,198 miles it was quite a trip with a lot of tiring driving but the places I visited and the memories I made are priceless! :)
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Sunrise whilst heading south on the first day of the trip


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London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona


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London Bridge


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Fountain at the entrance to London Bridge Resort


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London Bridge shops through an arch of the bridge


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London Bridge


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London Bridge


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London Bridge Resort


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London Bridge


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View from the bridge to the Colorado River


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London Bridge dedication plaque


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London Bridge evening view


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London Bridge evening view


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London Bridge evening view


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Christmas lights


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Sunset over Lake Havasu City


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Snowy hills south of Flagstaff, Arizona


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Entrance to Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona


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Montezuma Castle - a 1,000 year old cliff dwelling


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It has 20 rooms in 4 stories


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It would have been a long climb down to work in the fields!


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What a gorgeous place to live!


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Nice cloud formation seen while I was enjoying my picnic lunch


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First look at the famous red hills heading into Sedona, Arizona from the south


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A very colourful area!


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I wish I had more time to stop and explore this lovely area!


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What a gorgeous backdrop to live under!


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Sedona is a very cute town with lots of craft shops and restaurants


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Last view of the hills around Sedona


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Grand Canyon, Arizona in the early morning light


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Grand Canyon in the early morning sun


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Grand Canyon


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El Tovar Lodge at the Grand Canyon


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El Tovar Lodge at the Grand Canyon


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Grand Canyon


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Grand Canyon


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Grand Canyon


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Grand Canyon


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Grand Canyon


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Grand Canyon


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Snowy Grand Canyon south rim trail


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Grand Canyon Railroad Station


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Grand Canyon Train


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Grand Canyon Train


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Grand Canyon Train


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Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon


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The Hopi House at the Grand Canyon


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La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona


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A place for fine dining and lodging


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A famous corner in Winslow, Arizona


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Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin' down to take a look at me
From 'Take It Easy' by the Eagles.


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The entrance to the Petrified Forest National Park


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Petrified tree


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Fossilised after millions of years


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Looks like wood but tap it and you find it is stone!


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Wintery Arizona scenery


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There are pieces of petrified tree everywhere


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Literally everywhere!


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Better heed the warning!


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Petrified tree bridge


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Old faithful still going strong


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Tepees - hills of various chemicals which give their colours


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Old car on Route 66 where it once crossed the Petrified Forest


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Route 66 marker


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The Painted Desert - part of the Petrified Forest National Park


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The Painted Desert


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The Painted Desert Inn


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The Painted Desert


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The Painted Desert Inn


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Apollo test capsule at Meteor Crater, near Winslow, Arizona


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Meteor Crater is about 550 feet deep and almost a mile across


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It is about 50,000 years old


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And was formed when a meteor hit at about 26,000MPH


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An equivalent of 20 million tons of TNT!


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A window on the world. Well, the Arizona desert anyway...


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Now that's my kind of hotel!


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Beautiful sunrise over the eastern Sierra Mountains just north of Lone Pine, California


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Sierra Mountain early morning light


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Sierra Mountain early morning light


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Mono Lake Basin at Lee Vining, California


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Mono Lake is over a million years old


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It is a salty lake at an elevation of 6,378 feet


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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The Tufa is mostly limestone which has grown out of the water


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Mono Lake view


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Picnic lunch before leaving Mono Lake and heading up Tioga Pass


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On the way up Tioga Pass - very steep and very windy!


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Tioga Lake - frozen at an elevation of 9,638 feet


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Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park, California


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Plenty of skaters made the long journey up to skate on the frozen lake


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Another gorgeous lake in Yosemite National Park


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Another gorgeous lake in Yosemite National Park


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Final stats for the trip - 2169.8 miles total travelled!
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