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|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.
|Bee Lab and Florida Museum|
Went to Gainesville for the opening of the bee lab today seeing as my name is permanently on the wall. The red of the Apalahcee Beekeepers sign is the observation hive room.
Also went to the Florida Museum while I was there since its a few buildings away. The have a nice butterfly area.
On the way back there were two accidents. West bound car on fire stopped traffic just a mile short of an east bound wreck that blocked both lanes and diverted all traffic on that side of the interstate. It was weird to have our lane stopped but nothing on the other side at all.|
Stopped at Andersonville on my way north to the eclipse. I was there maybe 25 years ago but dont remember anything but the line of graves stones. Thats at the cemetery. Forgot the earth works and partial reconstruction of thr walls. They have also built a POW museum since then.
Wandered around the little town of Lake Placid on Sat while waiting to start a network conversion for work. Town has some 43 murals, the American Clown Museum and old railroad depot. Two hours later back to the hotel because thats all there here.
|Day 7-9: Jamestowne, friends, reunion|
Yes Jamestowne with the stupid e at the end. Not the touristed up place next door the actual National Park of the real site. There are two forts on the site parts of the reconstructed original one and on top of that a Confederate earthwork.
Spent the night in Raleigh with Roberto and his kids. Went to the family reunion in Kinston the next day at 1pm. Left there at 3:30 and drove straight to Jacksonville. The first Krystals you hit coming south is just outside Brunswick.
On Monday came home.
Starting to put up the photos from vacation. All the light houses are now up. They are extras, side effects of being on the coast. The only one I went in was the Bodie Island light. Couldnt go on the balcony because of the 30+ mph winds. The Cape Hatteras Light was the same but I knew the wind had closed the balcony and didnt climb it.|
Rolled the jeep just past I-10/75 and just short of the westbound rest area. Hit water and hydroplaned, spun, hit the side and rolled completely over. Jeep landed on drivers door. Had to cut the seat belt with a knife to get out it wouldn't unlatch. Nice people gave e a ride back to Tallahassee after dealing with the FHP and tow truck.|
Left Wednesday at noon for North Carolina. Got to Fayettevillee about 10pm, stopped there for the night. Next morning it had snowed. Drove the rest of the 2 hours in drizzling rain that froze and crusted all over the front of the jeep. Got to Aunt Carolyns, sent on to Tinas. Funeral was mostly indoors because of the rain. Lunch afterwards at Tinas with all of Carolyns descendants (I count 20 with spouses), Dad, Shayla, Uncle Dallas and Sandra. Emma Lee (Grandmas sister) and Glenda came by later. Talked for several hours about genealogy and got a lot of info.
Next day got up and had breakfast at the store at Pleasant Hill. Went across the street to the church and identified some of the graves of relatives. Did the First battle of Kinston geocachees up 258 to Kinston. Did #1-7, 9 and 11. Skipped 8 because I had no sheet for it and didnt have time to solve the thing and get #12. Went to the Neuse and its replica before driving to Raleigh for dinner with Roberto and his kids.
Ended just north of Florence, SC. Drove home the next day. 1521 miles, $261 in gas.
I appear to have lost my GPS along the way. Had it since 2001. Needed a ew one but not right now. Ipod worked on the way up, then first thing on the way back decided it needed to be restored again.
Geocaches info: A=1, B=2, C=6, D=6, E=5, F=3, G=3, I=5, J=0.
|There is no river|
I stopped where the St. Marks river is crossed by US 27 yesterday just to see what was there on the way back from the feed store. There is no river. A few shallow pools exist under the bridge, but there is no flow, the channel is muddy but has no water. Scared some small wild pigs off. |
|Colchester and Home|
Put up the last photos of Colchester and I'm back home now.|