Arizona adventure!

Here’s my trip to Arizona in (relatively) short. I have a ton of photos I’ll eventually post though!

I headed out west with some friends of mine last weekend – our main goal was to see the solar eclipse on Sunday, but we also took in some sights while we were out in Arizona.

Tim, Craig, Doug and myself flew into Phoenix, where my friend Michelle picked us up. After dropping Craig off to meet his dad (they’d be joining up with us later), we made a brief stop at Montezuma Castle before heading for the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Montezuma Castle (Native American cliff dwellings):
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Me and Michelle:
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We met up with my officemate, Don, at the South Rim. He’d gone out two days before to do more sightseeing.

South Rim – note our shadows on the left:
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This little guy posed for me:
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Mather Point:
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Desert View:
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Sunset over the South Rim:
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The Colorado River:
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After the Grand Canyon, we headed up to Page, Arizona, where we’d be spending most of our time.

The next morning, we went to see Rainbow Bridge, a natural stone arch. You have to take a boat over 2 hours across Lake Powell into Utah! It was pretty cool.

They had some cool rock formations. Here are two that made hearts!
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Here we are:
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In the afternoon, we checked out the Glen Canyon Dam and bridge. We tried to get on the 3:30 tour, but thanks to a slow person in front of us and a phone call while we were waiting, they only had 4 slots for the 5 of us. Don had just recently seen the Hoover Dam, so he decided to try to see another museum while we toured the dam. (Of course, the museum was closed.)

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One of the turbines:
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After the tour, we drove up to this gorgeous view of the dam. It required a short hike down some cool rippled rock and some sand:
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This is in the other direction, looking at the Colorado River:
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After that, we headed to Horseshoe Bend, where the Colorado makes a…horseshoe shaped bend. It was a longer hike that was mostly uphill on the way back. But it was totally worth the view. There was sheer drop and this:
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Lizard tracks:
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We met up with Craig and his dad for dinner – we couldn’t get into the Dam Bar & Grill, where we’d eaten lunch, so we went to a Mexican/Italian place. (Not fusion, they had both Mexican and Italian food, which was a little weird. But it was fine.)

The next morning we all sent to Antelope Canyon – a slot canyon on the Navajo reservation, where shafts on light shine through the canyon. It was really pretty. I didn’t instagram any pics but here is an HDR pic I took:
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After some rest and some Mexican fast food, we headed off to the Wahweap Overlook to set up our stuff for the eclipse. Here is our group, minus Craig’s dad:
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Watching the eclipse:
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We used the viewfinder on our telescope as a pinhole camera. Here is annularity:
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Crescent sun:
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The view from the park, a shot through a telescope and our group:
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Crescent sun (the pinhole reflection shows the shape of the sun):
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Near the start of the eclipse – note the pinhole reflection again:
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Michelle’s collage:
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The sun through a telescope. You can see 3 groups of sunspots:
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The sun through a telescope with a green filter:
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Through an H-alpha filter. You can just see some faint prominences ear the lower right side:
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We had a celebratory dinner at the Dam Bar & Grill

Here are some panoramas from the weekend.

The Grand Canyon:
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Horseshoe Bend and Rainbow Bridge:
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The Dam and Bridge and a view of Lake Powell:
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On Monday, we all headed back down to Flagstaff where we checked out some Pueblo Indian ruins:
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(The bottom is a panorama of us in the ball court – something similar to what Mayans have!)

After lunch at Wendy’s, we left Craig’s dad, and crowded in Michelle’s car to head back to the Phoenix airport. Don was staying for a few more days of sightseeing. The flight home was WARM, which sucked after having a hot drive to Phoenix. (The sun was SO hot.) But it was otherwise uneventful and we got home safely!

So, more pics to come later! But that’s the overview!

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