Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Arizona Dreaming, Part 2 . . .

Dad has taken us to so many breathtaking places in Arizona during our visits.  I won’t kid you – the Grand Canyon is far and away the most spectacular.  But this year, we went to Chiricahua National Monument (about two hours southeast of Tucson) – and it’s the next best and completely different.


Had to know it was going to be a memorable experience when the sun came up as we were traveling along I-10 toward Chiricahua . . .

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Chiricahua is spectacular – from a distance, the entire area looks like thousands and thousands of rock “totem poles”.  But up close, a lot of them have personality . . .

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Lots of them have faces – and yes, even the signs refer to this one as looking like a duck . . .

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This is not a strenuous hike – probably less than ten miles round trip from the Visitors’ Center.  But there is also a road that leads all the way into the “monument”, with short hikes from the parking areas to spectacular views.

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Like the Grand Canyon, pictures do not do this place justice.

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On the left is one of the signature Chiricahua rock formations – I bought a t-shirt that featured it.

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Lots of tight spaces with rock formations visible behind them – and they just screamed “take my picture” . . .


Sometimes, so did we . . .

1 comment:

  1. Yep, awesome. If you ever get a chance do a Dories trip down the Grand Canyon. Absolutely amazing. Also, other exellent parks in the southwest -- Arches, Canyon de Chelly, and Bryce. Mesa Verde is cool, too. Great pics!