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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.

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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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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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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Mother duck and ducklings swim away at the Sedona Wetlands Preserve in Sedona, Arizona.

From Wastelands to Wetlands: The Transformation of 27 Acres of the Sedona Arizona Wastewater Treatment Facility to a Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary

An oasis of six shimmering ponds surrounded by cattails, indigenous trees, pathways, bridges, and viewing platforms suddenly appears on the horizon.  The is the Sedona Wetlands Preserve, a lush green sanctuary visited year round by hundreds of species of birds and other waterfowl.

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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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Tourists at the sunset overlook, Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon Trust: The Story That Most of Us Don’t Know

Every year, millions of tourists from around the globe converge on the Sedona area to enjoy the red rocks, the hiking and biking trails, the shopping and dining, and its many metaphysical experiences. The tourism business is the underpinning of Sedona’s vibrant and robust economy. It is not only critical to Sedona, but to the economy throughout Northern Arizona. Sedona serves as a hub for those venturing out to other points of interest around Northern Arizona.

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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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Montezuma Castle National Monument near Sedona, Arizona.

Montezuma Castle, A Major Attraction Near Sedona Arizona

One of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America is Montezuma Castle, a five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. Early settlers to the area assumed it was associated with the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but the castle was abandoned almost a century before Montezuma was born.

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