|Japanese Friendship Garden|
Only open Friday-Sun or some such. Phoenix is sister cities with some city in Japan and that city built this. It took longer to drive across Phoenix to it that it did to walk around. Nice little garden it had grass, a small pond and fish but again outside in the heat.
|Hole in the Wall|
A sandstone formation with a hole though it in the middle of a larger park. The park even had a community fishing spot which was the largest body of water Id seen in Phoenix so far.
|Desert Botanical Garden|
There is nothing to do in Pheonix after work except hike in the 100+ degree heat. I went to the Desert Botanical Garden hoping for some shade, or at least regular water. No shade. Lot of cacti
Sunset Crater volcano is a bunch of cinder cones and lava fields. Didnt get there in time to get my National Park stamp and it was too hot to climb the one cinder cone that was available (I think I climbed it last time I was here). Did do the scenic drive that leads through park and then on to Waputki.
Drove through Sunset Crater Volcano and Waputki on the way from Winslow to Flagstaff. Camera batteries died at Sunset Crater so only had cell for for Waputki. It wasnt open anyway, just the scenic drive. There were a bunch of people on top of Citadel Pueblo however right at sunset so climbed up to it and waited till they left to continue driving.
Spent the morning driving the Petrified Forest. Did no hiking because my legs still hurt from the Grand Canyon. The park slow changes from being about petrified trees to badlands landscapes as you travel north. At the northern end visitor center they even have the lab open where they are preparing fossils they found in the park. Some sort of new species because they thing its related to from Madagascar is vegetarian but theirs is carnivorous. Cant remember the genus however. About 3-4ft long.
|The Grand Canyon|
Spent all day the Grand Canyon. Arrived before 8:30 and started down the South Kaibab trail. It took me about an hour to reach Ceder Point a 1000ft down and a mile and a half in. It took nearly 3 hours to come back up. Got passed by the mule train bringing garbage up.
This immediately make this one of the most exhausting hikes Ive ever done. Not going back down into the canyon. Spent most the rest of the day riding the bus from site to site along the rim taking pictures. Rode from Yaki Point all the way to Hermits Rest. The drove out to Desert View. I was there for sunset but it was too cloudy to even bother with pictures.
Also caught the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams for the steam engine then again in the park when it pulled out, where it had a diesel engine.
|Little Painted Desert|
13 miles up the road from Homolovi is a county park the Little Painted Desert. It has the advantage of always being open unlike Homolovi which doesnt open till 8am.
Homolovi is a set of pueblos on the Little Colorado outside Winslow. There isnt much to see, its almost all buried and only found one petroglyph.
The Grand Falls of the Little Colorado is a mostly dry water fall way off the beaten track in the middle of an Indian reservation down a unimproved road. Last time I had a jeep and drove across the river unknowingly to see it from the wrong side. This time since GPS exists went to the actual pavilion with signs. Got there right at sunset but the pictures came out fine. |
Back in AZ for work. Luckily its in the area Im missing a lot of photos for from my 2000 roadtrip. First stop was Meteor Crater. They have updated the exhibits in 19 years but still couldnt take the tour around, high winds this time.
Watched the SpaceX Starlink launch from the yard. Fist Falcon 9 I've seen form there. Interestingly it was clear enough to see the exhaust trail not just a single bright light.
Hopefully I have a timed exposure photo coming.
Had a day left on the 3 day Disney pass. Went to Animal Kingdom to use it since I left so early the last time. Not really impressed. There are much better zoos. Did just about everything except the 2 hour wait Avatar ride and the stuff that might make me sick. Safari ride was only good from one side of the truck and it was unnecessarily rough.
Merged photos in previous Animal kingdom photos|
|Added some photos|
Finally got back the photos. The camera place did a horrible job. First no one actually develops film anymore they send it off to Texas. Then they came back and they tried to tell me they were all blank. They clearly arent if you have a human look at them. Told them to put them on CD anyway, and 2 weeks later still hadnt heard from them. Went to go get them. Yes they scanned them and seemingly with some automated process that lightened everything because they didnt even bother to have a human look at them. So roughly a month later and way to expensive got back some horrible digital images I have to reprocess.
The SpaceX DM1 launch from March 1.
I there are also some from the total lunar eclipse from Sept 27 2015. Having someone rescan them with black backgrounds.
Despite being up for four hours in the middle of the night for the launch went to Animal Kingdom on Sat.
Since I was only an hour away went to the Cape to see the 2:49am launch of the Dragon Capsule. There was some lighting in the east as I drove over but it wasn't close enough to effect the launch. Went to the rocket viewing area on 401 just outside the base. Could have done without the flood light but other than that was a pretty good spot.
Rocket went up without problems. Also saw the firing for the first stage to return to the drone ship. More photos to come.
Went to Disney with friends and their kids. Strollers need to be banned they take up too much room and the kids are half the time asleep.
Stopped at Silver Springs on the way down to Orlando. There is nothing left at the park except the Glass Bottom boats and a few hiking trails. Even some of the buildings are abandoned, and what is open is closed except on weekends.
|Hurricane Michael photos|
Found photos from hurricane Michael on the camera when copying off the Olustee photos.
Some of the photos are from a trip down to Gulf Correctional near Wewa on the 26th.
|Polka Dot Wasp Moth|