Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Trip To Town, Part 1

A little while back, Melanie from Petersburgh Manor Farm in Upstate New York, was showing the sights she saw on her way to work. Other Shetland breeders with blogs have done the same so I thought I would show what my drive into town looks like.
First, a view of our abode from the road running past our place. It's a boulevard, or divided road, so this picture was taken from the higher side of the road. I am amazed that there isn't snow on the roof in this picture...Hmm...it must've been between storms. :)
Here we are, entering on to I17. We are traveling north at this point. You can see there's a hint of the mountains up ahead. To be PC, I should say at this point that the mountains near Flagstaff are the San Francisco Peaks, with Humphrey's Peak being the tallest point in Arizona. Keep in mind that the car is at 7,000 ft. in altitude as we make our way through the world's largest stand of Ponderosa pines.
Can't these people see I'm taking pictures for posterity here? Actually, the traffic is on the light side today.
Here's a better view of the Peaks. It's actually a nice sight to view - one I take for granted most of the time as I do the smell of the pines. It's funny...I never smell them until I've been away for a while but it's one of the first things I notice on my way home. You just can't beat fresh air and pine trees...well, unless it's the smell of the Pacific from a New Zealand beach, or the smell of a decidious forest after the rain, or...oops! I digress. Sorry.

This actually is a nice area of Arizona. I guess I should clarify that it's a nice area for me. I love visiting the deserts and it's just about a 17-mile drive to Sedona and the Red Rock Country off the Mogollon rim (pronounced mug-gee-own) through Oak Creek Canyon. But I like trees and don't do well in very hot weather, so I just make short trips to the desert areas. For you Zane Grey enthusiasts out there, this is smack-dab in the heart of the country he wrote about. Maybe this spring I'll take you all on a drive down through Oak Creek to Sedona. After the trees leaf out will be nice, I think. Maybe we'll even stop to look at the jewelry the Native Americans sell at the Lookout, and see where the creek in our pasture joins up with Oak Creek at the base of the Rim.

As Blogger would not let me upload the remaining photos of the journey, I'll save those for tomorrow's entry. I just hope the suspense doesn't kill anyone. Don't hold your breath - save that for when we travel to Sedona. :)
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8 comments:

Sharon said...

That's a cool idea - I think I'll scalp it for a future blog. Beautiful drive, but I can see that it's not much fun in the snow.

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

On one of our trips back home after visiting the DH's father in Oracle, we stopped at Meteor Crater. As impressive as that crater is, it was actually not as impressive to me as the sight of Mt. Humphrey in the distance.

Val said...

Oh this blog sure brings back happy memories, the drive down Oak Creek Canyon the jewelry traders and don't forget the trout farm, [although the fish were a bit smaller than our NZ trout] and then the majesty of the red rocks around Sedona. It makes me think more of the planes that fly over us and I wish we were on them

Kathy said...

Val-Just let me clear out the spare room and tell your mates you're on the way! You know this is just "Auckland East"...
Anytime! :)

Corinne R. said...

Oh what pretty scenery. Everything here is FLAT, no pretty mountains to look at. :(

Quail Hill Knits said...

Hi Kathy -- The pictures on your blog were a trip down memory lane for me. I was raised in New Mexico. When I moved to California, I used to make the drive between Ventura and Albuquerque five or six time per year. The drive through Flagstaff was one of the high points of the trip (no pun intended). In fact, if we were too tired to travel, we headed for Little America.
Thanks for the comments on the birds. I love watching them and have feeders everywhere. I am amazed at the variety of birds that I have seen at the wetlands. I have not yet seen a loon but I keep hoping.
The afghan is a compilation from three books -- (1) The Great American Afghan, (2) The Great North American Afghan, and (3) The Great American Aran Afghan. All are available on the internet.

Hope you are all doing well.

melanie said...

How nice! Almost Upstate New York-ish, but then those gorgeous mountains! If I had that stunning scenery, there would be a lot less getting to work, and a lot more sidetrips....

Leigh said...

I think these trips to town are fun. They make me miss the days when I used to live in the country. Now that I live in town, there's not much of a trip to brag about.