May 2016 Western Trip - Part 26

November 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

One of my favorite southwest locations is Canyon De Chelly National Monument in northeastern Arizona.  It's a huge canyon that is entirely situated inside of the Navajo Nation and is the home of about 40 Navajo families that live inside the canyon.  There is a working agreement between the National Parks System and the Navajo Nation to allow visitors to enjoy an approximately 35-40 mile north and south rim drive around the canyon, where there are several pull-offs to view the beautiful geological formations that make up the canyon walls and other rock features.  My favorite, as I'm sure is many others, is the free standing "Spider Rock" formation lifting 750 feet off the canyon floor and looking like a modern day skyscraper.

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 25

October 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Shiprock Mountain 

(From Wikipedia) ...

(NavajoTsé Bitʼaʼí, "rock with wings" or "winged rock) is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet (482.5 m) above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet (2,187.5 m) above sea level. It lies about 10.75 miles (17.30 km) southwest of the town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak.

Governed by the Navajo Nation, the formation is in the Four Corners region and plays a significant role in Navajo religion, myth, and tradition. It is located in the center of the area occupied by the Ancient Pueblo People, a prehistoric Native American culture of the Southwest United States often referred to as the Anasazi. Shiprock is a point of interest for rock climbers and photographers and has been featured in several film productions and novels. It is the most prominent landmark in northwestern New Mexico.

 

The Navajo name for the peak, Tsé Bitʼaʼí, refers to the legend of the great bird that brought the Navajo from the north to their present lands. The name "Shiprock" or Shiprock Peak or Ship Rock derives from the peak's resemblance to an enormous 19th-century clipper ship. Americans first called the peak "The Needle", a name given to the topmost pinnacle by Captain J. F. McComb in 1860. United States Geological Survey maps indicate that the name "Ship Rock" dates from the 1870s

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 24

October 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Hovenweep National Monument is a bit out of the way but one of the places I had on my list to see someday.  After getting down the road a bit and getting off the beaten track, you'll arrive at the site that is just 25 miles straight north of the four corners (as the crow flies), where CO, UT, AZ and NM meet, but it takes a good map and some understood directions to get there.

Hovenweep is really six different sites in a 20 mile area, with most of them being off-road and requiring hiking to. There is a nice visitor center at the Square Tower and Hovenweep Castle site.

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 23

October 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I got up early this morning to make a 100+ mile drive to Monument Valley, Utah.  A beautiful and majestic landscape!

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 22

October 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

On my way from Bryce Canyon Natl. Park to Monument Valley I made three stops along the way.  Just south of Bryce Canyon and not too far northeast from Zion Canyon is the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah. Then about a hundred and some miles down the road is the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument area.  Adding just a few more miles after that takes you to Lee's Ferry and the Navajo Indian Reservation.  A short stop at each of these places made for an enjoyable day on my longer ride to Monument Valley, which I would be arriving at the next morning. Join me for a closer look at these three interesting geological areas.

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 21

October 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park.  I was here years  ago and didn't have that much time to explore so I have always wanted to come back.  Well, this time I had the extra time to see everything I wanted but I still didn't get to....?

What I did get to see and experience was beautiful and majestic scenery on a day that had been raining and was still raining a bit when I got there.  I will return again to finally get to those spots I missed the first two times.  If at first you don't suceed, try, try again  :-)

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 20

October 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Las Vegas Departure - Cheryl is heading back to Texas, while I continue on with another week of vacation working my way slowly through some new and revisited locations I wanted to photograph.  We arrived in Las Vegas for an evening and the next day before Cheryl's flight home.  While there we washed some clothes, rearranged who needed what going forward and enjoyed a walk-around that evening and a little of the next day to see and photograph some of the Las Vegas sites.

Las Vegas is a great place if you want to do some candid people photography.  There are some real characters there, but unfortunately there are also a lot of lost people in Las Vegas. Many trying to find their way in this world and many looking in all the wrong places.  While Las Vegas is an interesting place to experience, even if you don't gamble, (which we don't, but hey we spent two days in Napa Valley, California and we don't drink either), it is nonetheless wearing on the soul and spirit and we are always ready to move on fairly quickly.

I've flown into Las Vegas several times as a jumping off point to renting a car and getting out into what's known as the "Golden Circle of National Parks".  There are so many great places to visit and experience in a 200-300 mile circle around Las Vegas and that's what I had on my mind as I dropped Cheryl off at the airport and headed out for some unique sights!

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 19

October 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

We drove through parts of Death Valley National Park on our way to Las Vegas.  We have been to Death Valley several times before, but there are different highways that pass through it and different seasons of the year always present interesting sights and scenes to view.  One special surprise was being able to take a short side trip to the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada, which is situated in the Natl. Park and where we had first visited 35 years ago in 1981.  

I was glad too see that it had not changed too much and even happier to note it had not been vandalized or otherwise damaged by careless and non-thinking individuals who do not understand the significance of leaving our history intact for future generations to enjoy. Because it was late May, it wasn't completely oppressive heat yet, so we stopped for a short walk-around, and lunch out of the van's cooler and snack options.

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 18

October 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The World War II Manzanar Japanese Refugee Camp is a place I had wanted to visit for sometime.  Manzanar is one of several refugee camps built during World War II to house Japanese Americans, who were then thought to be a possible threat to the U.S. You can read about this time period in any history book, but a visit to one of the actual sites like Manzanar, which is just a few miles north of Lone Pine, California, and a National Historic Site, is well worth the time and visit to experience first hand the environment and historical, social and cultural aspects and significance of this event in our history.  Our hosts, Sab & Ann Sasaki provided an interesting discussion and an especially significant perspective, as Sab was one of the occupants of the camp during World War II when he was seven years old.           

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 17

September 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Mono Basin, including Mono Lake, just east of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California is quite a unique ecosystem and interesting place to discover and explorer.  Join us as we spend some time viewing the interesting formations and other geological features of this mysterious area.

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Anderson Photo Book #112 Completed

September 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Photo Album #112 includes the time period of April - September 2016.  This album includes:

  • Walmart's Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Fort Worth Trinity Duck Pond
  • Visit to Fort Worth Stockyards with Graeme & Ros from New Zealand
  • Assorted Odds & Ends

Album 112 has been uploaded to my Multi-Media Website.

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 16

September 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Bodie, California is the quintessential western ghost town.  This famous site is a California state park located on the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  A kind of out-of-the-way place that is not really close to anything but well worth the trip to see it.

I have seen many photos of this place over the years with wonderful morning and evening sunlight, highlighting the beautiful old rustic buildings that make up this old ghost town.  This was one of my highlights I was looking forward to on our trip for some interesting photographic possibilities.  We got locked out of Yosemite National Park because of the weather earlier in our trip and now we found ourselves at 8500 ft, about 34 degrees and light snow occurring. Even though we were wearing shorts a couple days ago, we were now up in the high plains and it was still only the end of May, so you have to take it as it is given to you ... :-)

We still enjoyed our time here and with this visit we present you with overcast, chilly Bodie, but with hopes of another visit in the future to experience this ghost town in its photographic excellence.

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 15

September 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Well, we are at the far northern tip of this trip as we visit the Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, Nevada areas.

Virginia City? - Hey isn't that Bonanza country!

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 14

September 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Even if you're not a wine drinker you'll want to spend some time in the Napa Valley of California visiting some of the over one hundred large and small vineyards and wineries.We began our exploration by driving into the city of Napa to check out the wonderful visitor center there.  These friendly folks will answer all your questions and tell you everything you need to know about what to see and what to do.

Of course for many that will include some wine tasting tours, but even if you are not wine drinkers like ourselves, there is still so  much to see.  The vineyards and wineries offer up spectacular scenery, architecture, beautiful landscaping, interesting museums and even art galleries to name but a few of the things to see as you make your way through the center of Napa Valley and pull off here and there to sample a taste of all there is to discover.  In fact there was so much to see, we only explored a small percentage of all the different vineyards in our 8 hour day.  We've created a Napa Valley Part One as part 13 of our trip and a Napa Valley Part Two as part 14 to share some of what we experienced!

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May 2016 Western Trip - Part 13

September 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Even if you're not a wine drinker you'll want to spend some time in the Napa Valley of California visiting some of the over one hundred large and small vineyards and wineries.We began our exploration by driving into the city of Napa to check out the wonderful visitor center there.  These friendly folks will answer all your questions and tell you everything you need to know about what to see and what to do.

Of course for many that will include some wine tasting tours, but even if you are not wine drinkers like ourselves, there is still so  much to see.  The vineyards and wineries offer up spectacular scenery, architecture, beautiful landscaping, interesting museums and even art galleries to name but a few of the things to see as you make your way through the center of Napa Valley and pull off here and there to sample a taste of all there is to discover.  In fact there was so much to see, we only explored a small percentage of all the different vineyards in our 8 hour day.  We've created a Napa Valley Part One as part 13 of our trip and a Napa Valley Part Two as part 14 to share some of what we experienced!

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