Grand Canyon Weekend - October 23-27, 2003
These pictures were taken on a weekend trip from Albuquerque, New
Mexico, to the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas area with Charles
Calkins. They were taken with my Olympus C730 Ultra Zoom digital
camera. Most images are shown at a resolution of 640x480, but are
available in full 2048x1536 size by clicking on the links after the
captions. There are pictures are of roads and signs mixed in, but not
as many as on some trips. Charles also has a lot of pictures.
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Albuquerque to Holbrook, Arizona. No pictures, since we were looking
straight into a sunset and then it was dark..
Friday, October 24, 2003
We started early from Holbrook, and headed west on I-40 [6 Pictures] with our first stop at Meteor
Crater [5 Pictures]. From there it was
on to Sunset Crater, where we mainly looked at
the Bonito Lava Flow, first from a turnout [4
Pictures], then from the Lava Flow Trail [12 Pictures]. We also made a quick stop
at the Cinder Hills overlook [Picture].
We continued on, getting a few views of the Painted Desert [2 Pictures] and then stopped at the
Citadel Ruin at Wupatki National Monument [8
Pictures]. From there, it was on up toward the Grand Canyon [5 Pictures]. We stopped at the Little
Colorado River overlook in the Navajo Nation on the way in [18 Pictures]. Next, a ride through
the Kaibab National Forest [3 Pictures].
We made it to the Grand Canyon [Picture], and made a bunch of stops: Desert
View [23 Pictures], Navajo Point [4 Pictures], Lipan Point [9 Pictures], the Tusayan Ruins [4 Pictures], Moran Point [8 Pictures], Grandview Point [17 Pictures], an overlook describing
canyon features [5 Pictures], another
viewpoint just west of Yaki Point [5
Pictures], Mather Point [14
Pictures], and the Yavapai Observation Station [13 Pictures]. After that, it was down to
Flagstaff for the night for dinner and a visit to the Lowell
Observatory. With a new moon, the viewing was great, and we got to
see Mars on the big telescope and Andromeda and several neat stars and
star clusters on the smaller telescopes.
Saturday, October 25, 2003
We left Flagstaff in the morning and headed west on I-40 [6 Pictures], then exited to take the Historic
US 66 route through Peach Springs [36
Pictures]. We next drove down [17
Pictures] to Lake Havasu City, where there was a strong wind and a
lot of dust and sand as we checked out London Bridge [20 Pictures]. After that, we made the ride to
Las Vegas [21 Pictures]. It was full, so no
reasonably priced rooms seemed to be available, and eventually we
ended up getting a reservation about 50 miles up the road in Overton.
So we stuck around to lose some quarters and get dinner on The Strip
[6 Pictures] before heading up to Overton.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Instead of heading back on the interstate, we decided to leave Overton
[Picture] and take the ride along Lake
Mead. On the way out of town, we drove up a mesa near town for some
pictures [6 Pictures]. We entered the Lake Mead National Recreation Area [Picture]. Our first stop was the Overton Beach
area [3 Pictures], then we
backtracked a bit to see the Valley of Fire State Park, which was much
more than I expected. On the way in, we stopped at the boundary of
the NRA for a few pictures [5 Pictures].
We entered the Valley of Fire State Park [3 Pictures], and made stops to see
Petrified Logs [4 Pictures], a stone
formation called the Seven Sisters [11
Pictures], a natural arch [5
Pictures]. We drove along a scenic loop road [4 Pictures], then on a side road [2 Pictures] to Rainbow Vista [9 Pictures], and back [3 Pictures]. Back in the National
Recreation Area, we stopped at Blue Point Springs [8 Pictures] then Echo Bay [12 Pictures], along the Northshore Scenic
Drive [8 Pictures], and Las Vegas Bay
[3 Pictures]. Next up was the ride to Hoover Dam [2
Pictures]. At the dam, we parked in the fairly new parking garage
[3 Pictures]. We took the tour
that goes down into one of the generator rooms [6 Pictures], then walked around
a lot outside [27 Pictures]. We
continued east and south to Kingman [9
Pictures] for dinner at the "House of Chan" then drove across I-40
to Holbrook for the night.
Monday, October 27, 2003
We left Holbrook [3 Pictures] in the
morning and headed for Petrified Forest National Park [Picture]. We stopped at the Rainbow Forest
Museum and walked the trail [12
Pictures], for some pictures along the park road [2 Pictures], at the Crystal Forest [7 Pictures], at the Agate Bridge [2 Pictures], at the "Tepees" [3 Pictures], at Newspaper Rock [2 Pictures], and at a couple of Painted
Desert overlooks [12 Pictures]. Then it
was back to New Mexico [3 Pictures] and soon
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