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Travels With Ernie

Adventures Off-the-Beaten-Path Across Sedona and Northern Arizona.

Follow Ernie to places that you didn't know existed, but would like to know more about.

Kendrick Mountain

Kendrick Mountain

Kendrick Mountain is part of the San Francisco Peaks, a volcanic field north of Sedona, Arizona. Three maintained trails managed by the Kaibab National Forest, the Kendrick Mountain Trail, Pumpkin Trail, and Bull Basin Trail, lead hikers to the top of Kendrick Mountain and a fire lookout tower which is open during summer months.

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Verde River Canyon

Verde Valley, Emerald in the Desert - A Song About the Verde Valley

Verde Valley, Emerald in the Desert by Victoria (Vicky) Oldham.

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Rediscovering hidden Beale Camel Trail. Co-publisher Tim Ernster and his son Mark Ernster find the forgotten back route to the old Beale Camel Trail.

The Forgotten Road to Laws Spring - Rediscovering the Beale Camel Trail Near Williams, Arizona

Follow us on our adventure as we search for a back route to Laws Spring by way of a forgotten part of the Beale Camel Trail.

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Route 66 painted on the historic road as it passes through Arizona.

Ernie Travels to Oatman on Old Route 66

As you may already know, my name is Ernie, and I am a Boston Terrier.  By nature, Boston Terriers are individualistic, curious and energetic. So, it should not be a surprise to anyone that one of my favorite things to do is to explore and sniff around different places in Northern Arizona. Living in Sedona and having Northern Arizona as a playground for a dog is perfect for new adventures, and for meeting new friends. So, what I plan on doing is exploring some of the wonderful and interesting places in the area, and sharing my thoughts and observations.

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Oatman Arizona has something for everyone, wild burros included!

Travels With Ernie — Ernie Discovers Oatman Arizona, a Fun Wild West Overnight Trip from Sedona

Among my favorite adventures away from Sedona has been my trip to Oatman, Arizona. It’s a real dog heaven. Lots of interesting scents, and the folks there are good about handouts. I even got to share an ice cream cone with a wild burrow. Actually, I really had no choice since the burro didn't ask first.

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Laws Spring, Along the Old Beale Camel Trail

Travels With Ernie — Ernie Travels to Laws Spring, Hidden Adventure and Day Trip from Sedona, Arizona

Ernie Explores Laws Spring Along the Old Beale Camel Trail

One of my favorite dog adventures is a visit to Laws Spring, an off-the-beaten track, must–see trip for any tourist interested in Arizona history and prehistoric civilizations. I like it because it’s a great place for a dog to relax and kick back, take a little swim in a really cool natural spring, and spend some “quiet time.” Because it is little known, the swarms of tourists that flood other well-known parts of Northern Arizona have not discovered this adventure. Another benefit is that visitors have a great opportunity to see elk, deer, wild turkey, antelope and other indigenous animals of the region that make their home in this part of the country.

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Visitors enjoy amazing red rock formations along the Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona, Arizona.

Ernie Hikes the Sedona Broken Arrow Trail to Chicken Point and Beyond

The Broken Arrow Trail takes hikers on a winding path into a scenic valley surrounded by soaring red rock cliffs. The path gradually ascends to Chicken Point, a place with sweeping panoramic views and excellent photo opportunities. In the following account, Ernie reports on his hiking adventures along the Broken Arrow Trail.

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Meteor Crater, day trip from Sedona, Arizona.

Get The Hole Story At Meteor Crater in Northern Arizona

The open stretch of high desert between Flagstaff and Winslow may seem like the most uneventful place on earth, but 50,000 years ago, it was the site of an event of cosmic proportions. That's when a meteorite weighing around 300,000 tons ripped through Earth's atmosphere in a fiery streak and slammed into the Coconino plateau at about 15 kilometers per second, where it made, shall we say, a lasting impression.

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Tavasci Marsh, Spring-fed Riparian Zone Near Sedona, Arizona

Some views from atop the pueblo at Tuzigoot National Monument might make you wonder how on earth people chose this barren spot to live, and how they possibly scrapped out an existence here. But turn to the North and the East, and a whole different picture emerges. Tavasci Marsh, an ancient oxbow of the Verde River packs this section of valley with life, from cattails and cottonwoods to uncountable species of critters drawn to the plentiful food, water and shelter the marsh provides.

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Visitors Enjoy Spring Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert

Spring in Arizona is the season residents and visitors alike wait for in eager anticipation. The desert terrain bursts into a canvas of unimaginable beauty as delicate desert wildflowers blanket the landscape. It doesn't take much of an excuse and is well worth a day to escape to the southern sections of the state to partake in this visual feast and the Arizona State Parks offer some of the most beautiful locations to view the lavish colors and textures of spring.

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