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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.

Ernie at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Sedona-Based Ernie Enjoys Camping at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Sedona, AZ Special Report:  Ernie Travels to the Grand Canyon North Rim from Sedona

September, 2015:  So I am making my first visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and am totally impressed by this place.  My peoples have parked their trailer in the National Park Service North Rim Campground, literally on the edge of the Rim.  This place is really cool. 

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley: A Landscape and A Culture

Quite possibly one of the most photographed spots on earth, Monument Valley is a striking testament to the impermanent nature of even the planet's most massive forms.

The isolated mesas and buttes that dramatically jut from the red desert floor are the last little stubs, relatively speaking, of the layers upon layer of rock that used to fill in all the space in between. It took hundreds of millions of years to lay down all those layers, and then 50 million or so to wear all but the remaining formations away to relatively nothing.

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Rainbow on the way to the Grand Canyon from Sedona.

Rainbow On The Way To The Grand Canyon from Sedona

Route 64 to the Grand Canyon South Rim is an easy, scenic, and fun drive from Sedona. As a bonus, along the 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive, visitors can stop and enjoy some time in beautiful, fun downtown Williams, an historic town located along the old Route 66 made famous by fast cars and movie stars! This rainbow appeared along Route 64 the last day of September.

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Wupatki National Monument near Sedona, Arizona.

Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater

From the main ancient pueblo at Wupatki National Monument, you have a sweeping view East, all the way to the Painted Desert. From the Lomaki pueblo, you see the San Fransicso Peaks looming majestically on the horizon. But from any vantage in the 35,000-acre park, you're afforded more than a glimpse into the ancient past of the Colorado Plateau, right down to a fateful geologic event that changed the landscape and the lives of its people forever.

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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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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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Verde Hot Springs Near Sedona Arizona

Now who doesn't love getting naked with strangers?

If you raised your hand, just click on by. If you were hoping, however, that I meant enjoying one of Northern Arizona's wilderness hot springs, read on my adventurous friend! Whether you're after the touted health benefits of soaking in warm, mineral-rich water, the sociability of enjoying the springs and the scenery with friends or if you just have to have a purpose when you hike, you can satisfy the hot springs urge just a quick day trip away from the Sedona area.

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Sedona Petroglyphs: Rock Art at Red Tank Draw Near Sedona Arizona

The panel of petroglyphs is hidden from view, a large juniper obscuring the boulder located just before a narrow one-lane bridge that crosses Red Tank Draw. The petroglyphs are shallow and difficult to make out or distinguish from naturally occurring markings on the lichen-covered rock. But a few moments of patient study pays off and the figures and symbols emerge.

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