Monday, February 14, 2011

A Snowy Stroll on the Beach!

As cold and snowy as this winter has been, there is certainly a peace and calm that comes after each storm.  Often times we forget to stop, put down the shovel and take a look at the glistening world around us.  After one of our last big blizzards, I did just that and ventured to the beach.  Bundled up, I crunched through miles of snow covered sand dunes taking in winters beauty!  Here are a few snapshots I took as I weaved through the snow covered dunes.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Drive Through Historic Sedona!

Geographically, Ariziona is such a fascinating destination to visit.  Touring Arizona by means of hiking or biking is such a great way to see all the rich natural history.  Sedona is best known for it's display of red rock sandstone formations.  These formations are the areas main attraction and there definitely a site to experience.  This historic area is a 'must see' when visiting Arizona.  Red rock country is famous for it's colorful geography.  The sandstone formations appear to glow brilliant oranges and reds as the sun rises and sets each day.

Sedona is named after Sedona Miller Schnebly(1877-1950), the wife of the city's first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness.

Before hitting the ground exploring the area, I snapped a bunch of landscape shots as I weaved through Sedona's curvy roadways and beautiful rocky scape.  

Visit Welcome to Sedona for more information on the Natural History of Sedona, Arizona.

                        Below is a brief history of Sedona taken from the above wall post.                                                                                                                                           

Early Tourism

Soldiers from the Camp Verde were early tourists to Sedona, enjoying the beauty, cooler temperatures and Oak Creek as a break from the camp.                                                                                                

As early as 1895, Lou Thomas turned Bear Howard's cabin into a two-story hunting and fishing lodge.  it was there that Zane Grey was inspired to write his book Call of the Canyon, which later the 1st movie made in Sedona.  In 1925, the property was sold to Carl Mayhew who operated it as Mayhew's Lodge.  it became a favorite desitination for prominent movie stars, politicians, and writers.  Guest included Lord Halifax, president Herbert Hoover, Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Cesar Romero, Jimmy Stewart, Walt Disney, and Maureen O'Hara.  The U.S. Forest Service acquired the property and plans to renovate the structure , but tragically the lodge burned to the ground in 1980