Tag Archives: Canyons

Railroad To Perkins Mine

The Verde Canyon Railroad is the current version of the old Perkins Copper Mine system. No mine runs now but the rail lines are maintained and several times a week a full train of old Pullman cars makes the round trip.

Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge

Tourists are now the cargo. Photographers have open sided flat cars from where the canyons and open prairie lands can be seen.

The round trip is about 4 hours and travels through tunnels, along deep canyons, and even old Native American pueblos high up in the rock.

Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge

The destination is the old town of Perkinsville, the mine company town. There is nothing but cattle, Roadrunners, and abandon buildings now. Great photo opp!

Last Old West Telegraph Lines Still Standing - Click To Enlarge
Last Old West Telegraph Lines Still Standing – Click To Enlarge

The old western telegraph lines caught my attention. Lines were added in the mid 1800’s to provide communication between the town and the outside world. They were never removed and still stand, some wires at the ready. Anyone who has ever watched an old western movie has seen these old telegraphs in action. It struck me as a real piece of the old west, not a Hollywood prop. I liked this as much as anything else on the trip.

 

 

 

Sedona Sunsets

There is no such thing as a bad sunset, but some are better than others. These images are the ones I liked best. I could not pick just one.

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Red Rock Sunset – Click To Enlarge
Hill Top Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Hill Top Sunset – Click To Enlarge
Arizona Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Arizona Sunset – Click To Enlarge

And the last, while not as dramatic, might be my favorite. If I had to pick one.

Dirt Road Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Dirt Road Sunset – Click To Enlarge

 

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Kendrick Mountain Wilderness

Kendrick Peak, in the Arizona Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, is over 10,000 feet, It is the highest mountain in the San Francisco volcanic fields.

The area that I photographed is wide open prairie lands with spruce and pine forests closer to the mountain base.

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Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness - Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge

The views here are like nothing I have ever seen. Wide open spaces, mountain back drops, no people. They do graze cattle here, but none when I was there.

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Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness - Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge

This was an unplanned stop, but it turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Flagstaff Arizona is near by so if in the area be sure to go here.

 

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Colors And Pottery – Something For Everyone

Outside Sedona, AZ. there is roadside store that eventually will suck you in.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

The 10 foot chicken in the entrance catches your eye first, but here that’s still not enough to hook you. We drove past a few times without stopping, discussed it, but kept moving on.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

The color, bright familiar signs, and strange displays will finally get to you. How do you pass a pile of ceramic skulls under a giant red Coke sign?

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

Mexican style pottery is the main attraction. Once you’re inside you will find plenty of things you can’t possibly live without but don’t need.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

How can you not buy an S & H Green Stamps sign or a relaxing 5 foot Thai deity.

 

Cathedral Rock

No trip into Red Rock is complete without photographing Cathedral Rock. It’s almost a requirement to shoot from across Oak Creek. So I did.

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Cathedral Rock – Click To Enlarge

We also went to a different location to capture the back side. There is nothing bad you can say about this scenery, but using Oak Creek in the shot works better.

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Cathedral Rock – Click To Enlarge

 

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Sugar Loaf Head Trail

On my last day hiking up Sugar Loaf it occurred to me most of the photographs were either up the mountain or off to the canyons. The actual trail was a beautiful adventure all to itself.

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Sugar Loaf Head Trail – Click To Enlarge

We have traveled over the years but this was completely different. Even the old weathered trees were artful. A first impression is rough red rocks and dirt. After a while you notice all the different greens and the abundance of tiny but colorful brush flowers.

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Sugar Loaf Head Trail – Click To Enlarge
Sugar Loaf Head Trail - Click To Enlarge
Sugar Loaf Head Trail – Click To Enlarge

The wildlife here is timid, I imagine life is hard.

However, one day off in the distance I heard a siren, perhaps an ambulance, sounds travels here. Anyway, as the siren sounded I could hear others sing along. Coyotes from different directions joined in. At home it would have been my dog. Here it was a reminder of where we were.

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Sugar Loaf Head Trail Chimney Rock – Click To Enlarge

 

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Red Rock Formations

The solitude is what draws me to this canyon and the rocks more than any place else.

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Red Rock Formations – Click To Enlarge

There are trails, you will greet other hikers once in a while, but all around you is this. I don’t see how you could get tired of seeing it.

Both shots taken from the same trail just different places along the way. It’s just a wonderful place to stop and look….. by yourself.

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Red Rock Formations – Click To Enlarge

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