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Spazito

(51,640 posts)
Fri May 25, 2012, 01:49 PM May 2012

I love Arizona, a beautiful State!

Ptah put out an invite in the Welcome and Help forum so here I am with my story. My husband and I had the opportunity to visit Arizona and fell in love with it. We found the beauty of Sedona almost surreal and, imo, there are no photos that can do justice to the stunning, almost overwhelming beauty of the Grand Canyon. We also visited Oatman and felt we went back in time to the 'old west'. I still have my fridge magnet from there.

I am saddened by the state of the government there right now but am hoping it is temporary. I have friends who are on their way to Phoenix right now and I am looking forward to hearing about their visit when they return.

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Spazito

(51,640 posts)
2. I haven't visited New Mexico yet but it is on my 'to visit' list...
Fri May 25, 2012, 02:12 PM
May 2012

along with Louisiana and the eastern States. Visiting Arizona was a lovely surprise, I kind of knew it had many interesting things to see but really had no idea of it's beauty and diversity.

longeyemom

(22 posts)
3. I agree,
Fri May 25, 2012, 02:12 PM
May 2012

I also visited Sedona for the first time recently. I felt the same way about the beauty and serenity I experienced. I smiled every day and met the nicest people. Hard to reconcile with the ugly stuff going on elsewhere in the state.

Spazito

(51,640 posts)
4. It is quite sad re the ugly stuff going on...
Fri May 25, 2012, 02:20 PM
May 2012

I just hope, as can often happen, they go a step too far, even in the eyes of enough of their supporters, and are turfed out. From what I have read here and elsewhere, to me they have already gone way beyond 'a step too far'.

LittleGirl

(8,299 posts)
5. Sedona was beautiful.
Fri May 25, 2012, 04:29 PM
May 2012

Now it's overrun with housing developments, retail stores and tourist traps. I liked it much better before it was incorporated. I think that was in 1992. Sad really.

I want to go to AZ to see my friends. I lived there for 5.5 yrs. 1992-1997 and I miss it sometimes, except when it's 120. Shame how the tea baggers have ruined that state's politics.

Spazito

(51,640 posts)
6. Our visit took place in 1995 so it would have been after the incorporation...
Fri May 25, 2012, 04:54 PM
May 2012

but we spent very time in the stores, very little time in the city proper and, instead, drove to the various look-outs and out of the way places to admire the beautiful scenery.

 

2on2u

(1,843 posts)
7. Went to Sedona last year, Jerome, the canyon.... natural bridge.... Mesa....
Fri May 25, 2012, 07:51 PM
May 2012

and I had a frikkin GREAT time. If anyone has the chance to see the canyon and balks they should be banned from something. Sedona was magical and I hope to return to it one day. Really, the jeep rental was a blast, didn't know they could climb like they did nor descend the grades we covered.

Spazito

(51,640 posts)
11. Interesting photo!
Sun May 27, 2012, 11:48 AM
May 2012

We had rented a car and stayed on the main roads but now I wish we had done as you did, explored more off the 'beaten path'.

 

2on2u

(1,843 posts)
12. If you ever go back (I certainly want to) the jeep
Sun May 27, 2012, 02:31 PM
May 2012

rentals are way cool.... you drive them yourself up and around some pretty amazing trails. The scenery there is beyond words, it just boggles the mind.

DesertRat

(27,995 posts)
13. I love the Pink Jeep tour!
Tue May 29, 2012, 08:28 PM
May 2012

Great photo. We always take their "Broken Arrow" tour with out-of-town visitors.

Kali

(55,210 posts)
8. it is a beautiful, diverse state for sure
Sun May 27, 2012, 11:18 AM
May 2012

check out the southern part next time

oh - one of my GGGrandfathers built the stage station at Oatman.

http://jeff.scott.tripod.com/oatman.html (last paragraph)

http://www.gvrhc.org/Library/FourrRanch.pdf

disclaimer: not my documents/websites

mvccd1000

(1,534 posts)
9. That's cool stuff, Kali.
Sun May 27, 2012, 11:37 AM
May 2012

My great-grandfather did some mining here in the late 1800s after coming down from Alaska. Talk about one extreme to another! He must not have been as impressed, as he ended up in Michigan. (I suppose a/c and things like the Superstition Freeway do make life unimaginably easier.)

Spazito

(51,640 posts)
10. I definitely will re the southern part...
Sun May 27, 2012, 11:46 AM
May 2012

I know there are a number of Canadian 'snowbirds' who have homes in the Phoenix area as well as others and love it.

Your links were fascinating to read, thanks for posting them, I love learning the history of people and places.

Spazito

(51,640 posts)
15. Sadly, no...
Fri Jun 8, 2012, 02:30 PM
Jun 2012

I haven't been to Waterton yet and am somewhat ashamed of that given it's international reputation. I haven't been to Montana either, almost though, when I was in northern Idaho I thought about taking a quick trip over the border to Montana but never did.

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