Without delivering a judgment on the decades-old controversy over the building of Glen Canyon Dam and the creation of Lake Powell, one can still assert this much: the beauty of Lake Powell is not a warm and fuzzy, lush meadows, twittering birds and puffy clouds kind of beauty.
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.
Verde Valley, Emerald in the Desert by Victoria (Vicky) Oldham.
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.
As the saying goes, "what goes around comes around" and that is exactly what happened to the historic little post office building for the rural community of Cornville. Cornville lies a few miles south of Sedona and back in the day shared postal routes that included Red Rock Loop, Sedona, and Oak Creek Canyon. This little building is what remains of the historic Cornville Post Office, recently returned to its original location on the northeast corner of the Cornville and Loy Roads, on property now owned by the Windmill Gardens nursery.
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.
A Visit to Out Of Africa Wildlife Park, One of the Verde Valley’s Premier Attractions
Recently, Ernie was given the opportunity to tour one of the Verde Valley’s premier attractions near Sedona: Out Of Africa Wildlife Park. Although pets are not allowed due to the fact they can upset and create stress for the wild animals, Ernie was given special permission to do a closely supervised tour because of his media credentials.
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.
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.
The Grand Canyon may well be the most accessible of the world's wonders. It is bordered by a wide paved path with excellent interpretive materials and amazing viewpoints along the way.
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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