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Arizona &Grand Canyon &Grand Canyon &National Parks/Monuments joydeanlee | 12 Dec 2013

National Parks—Grand Canyon

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park is always an awe-inspiring experience. Since 1988 I’ve traveled to Grand Canyon five times, each time with a different friend or family member. I love watching the reactions of people I care about to experiences that I enjoy.

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To view a slideshow of my Grand Canyon photos, click on any photo.

Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. ( website)

1988: That summer Eileen Donewald, a long-time friend who is now deceased, and I traveled from Indiana to Mesa, Arizona. Springfield, IL, Hannibal, MO, and Mesa Verde National Park were on our travel list. The stop at Grand Canyon was our last one before we drove to Mesa where her son, Mike Donewald, his wife Linda, and their son Christopher lived.

2000:Next visit was in December, and the snow on the cliffs enhanced the colors. Again I left Indiana with my friend Jennifer Eberhardt (now Lynn) on a roadtrip with stops in Nashville, Dallas, Carlsbad Caverns NP, White Sands and Saguaro national monuments, Walnut Canyon NP, Grand Canyon NP, and Sedona, AZ before reaching Mesa, AZ, where I spent the winter with my friend Eileen.

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2001: My older daughter, Helena Abbing, accompanied me on my third trip to Grand Canyon in May after we traveled from Santa Fe, NM, to Canyon de Chelly (pronounced sh long a) National Monument with a quick stop at Shiprock before reaching Grand Canyon. The sad fact was that at both Canyon de Celly and Grand Canyon I had to spend a lot of time in our motel rooms working on indexes. I was still working full-time then and the deadlines had to be met. Final destination: Mesa, AZ.


2005: Next trip to Grand Canyon was with one of my sisters, Joyce Ann Buchanan in January. She flew to Dallas from Indiana, and then we followed the same roadtrip route that I’d taken with Jennifer. We still laugh today about an incident that occurred at Saguaro National Monument. Too embarrassing for details. Final destination: Mesa, AZ.

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2006: Finally my most recent visit to Grand Canyon was with another long-time friend, Doris Strimple. The May weather was perfect for walking along the South Rim path. Doris had flown from Indiana to Houston where I’d been house/pet-sitting, and again we stopped at most of the same places I’d visited with both Jennifer and Joyce Ann. One of the highlights of our trip was walking down the natural entrance into Carlsbad Caverns. Final destination: Mesa, AZ.

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The natural wonders of the United States, particularly in the West, merit numerous visits.

Arizona &Horseshoe Bend Overlook joydeanlee | 18 Apr 2013

Arizona—Horseshoe Bend Overlook

If you suffer from vertigo, do not go to the Horseshoe Bend Overlook. Or if you do travel there, don’t get too close to the edge; there are no guardrails of any kind.


Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado River with its 1000-foot drop is a awe-inspiring sight, one of Mother Nature’s gifts.

In 2007 as I was en route to the San Diego area, I traveled to the Page, Arizona area. Hiking out to the edge of the overlook at Horseshoe Bend was one of my adventures there.

Here’s information from Wikipedia: Horseshoe Bend is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. It is located 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles southwest of Page. Accessible via a ½-mile hike from U.S. Route 89, it can be viewed from the steep cliff above. According to Google terrain maps, the overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level making it a 1,000-foot drop.

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Antelope Canyon &Arizona joydeanlee | 17 Apr 2013

Arizona—Antelope Canyon

Navajo Parks and Recreation Department offers tours to both the upper and lower sections of Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon that was formed by the erosion of sandstone. This erosion occurs especially during the monsoon season. According to Wikipedia, Upper Antelope Canyon, Tsé bighánílíní, means “the place where water runs through rocks.”


A view of one of the narrow passageways created by rain rushing through the sandstone making the corridors narrower and narrower.

While I was spending several days in Page, Arizona area in the fall of 2007, I toured Upper Antelope Canyon. We were loaded into the back of a pickup truck with bench seats which could seat approximately eight people.

Once we were inside the canyon, I couldn’t see the settings on my camera and accidentally chose a setting that did not provide the correct exposures. Thus my photos are not of the best quality. I know, “Excuses! Excuses! Excuses!” I mutter to myself.

Page, Arizona, is far, far off any major interstate so traveling there requires extra time and patience.

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