My constant companions here hustling Tshirts, wooden mugs,sunglasses,silver jewelry,cover-ups,beach bags,….
On location in Puerto Vallarta. Please excuse grammatical or tense issues. Margaritas are part of all-inclusive. 😀🍹🍸🍺
These are some of the 1032+ identified petroglyphs at V bar V ranch. The historical site is located right off I17 at the southern exit to Sedona. It’s east of the freeway by about 1 mile.
The V bar V was one of many ranches in the area. The family preserved the petroglyphs and donated the land. Red Rocks pass (same pass used around Sedona) can be purchased here. Its a level trail that is about 1500 feet from parking lot to petroglyphs. Morning sun will get you best pictures. And don’t wait till afternoon the hours are limited. They are open Friday thru Monday, 9AM to 3PM
My wife and I have a traveling problem. While I’m working, time and money are always a complication. Fortunately, there are airline price wars that have started. Of course, to where? Hawaii, Mexico, and Florida have great plane ticket prices. But Frontier and Spirit are pushing deals all over US.
Ok. I’m off to Puerto Vallarta. All inclusive, oceanfront room with air for about $1500 (5days/4nights) for 2 in a 3 star place. Last week the airfare was over $500 a piece! Why Puerto Vallarta? Price, swimming beach, never been there, really warm around Halloween,…
The original idea was Cabo San Lucas or Cancun. These were between $1600 to $1800 for 5 nights. Cabo offers less choices and no swimming beach. But plenty of water available with tours. For some random reason the flights arrived late and left early. Which costs you beach or excursion time! Tourism requires a little pre-planning.
But if you live East of Mississippi River, you can get great deals. Mexico a thought..Try planning a flight to Atlanta, Miami, or Tampa than find a vacation package from there to Cancun, Riveria Maya or Cabo San Lucas. When I lived in Ohio, a $70 flight & $90 hotel to Atlanta saved $500 on trip to Cancun. Of course New York or Chicago may offer deals as well.
If you lack passport or think speaking the local’s language is necessary, St Pete Beach has good fall prices for hotels (compared to Spring rates). Tampa had a nice sized airport and car rentals aren’t bad to deal with. Florida stays warm and had less tourists in fall.
Hawaii flights were $555 a piece to Honolulu (fron Pheonix, a moderate priced airport). Hotels are plenty but lower price means walking to beach a few blocks. I found decent rated Aston Waikiki Circle hotel that was $160/night (but $25 resort fee/night). Reviews tell of ocean views from most rooms. Waikiki hotels all have parking issues with added fees and available places. You should try to reserve a parking place before you get there! Yes, I’m serious. 750,000 people wedged between an ocean and three mountains makes space a premium. The beach will make you forget this. You can walk to a lot of shopping and restaurants. Maybe plan daily car rentals for trips out. Plan to get up at 6 AM to get tickets for a specific time to your Pearl Harbor or buy tour online before going to Hawaii.
Recently, traditional airlines have decided to take on the budget carriers for fall. If you thought about a trip somewhere, look this weekend. Sunday is not best day to price check airfare. Try Saturday or Monday mornings or afternoon for best prices and choices. Budget carriers have all kinds of deals. It may be Frontier thru Denver, for example, but the rates to smaller airports can be cheaper than gas to drive. My in-laws paid $79 for both to fly from Atlanta to Pheonix on Frontier. Tickets were bought 10 days in advance. So last minute maybe available cheap.
Enough reading, get out there! The world is waiting to show you something. Don’t let someone else steal your memories!
Outside of Tucson is a place to see critters and plants of the desert up close. Much like the little kitty above, you can see what lives here. The place is spread out over 98 acres. It’s in a very hot place in the summer (I visited at 105 degrees). It’s a full day to see it all.
They have an aquarium, a reptile & amphibians building, an art gallery, a cave with mineral gallery, two aviaries (one for hummingbirds), a dozen animal enclosures (like above Mountain Lion), cactus gardens, stingray touch pool, and 2 gift shops. Several hourly docent displays are spread out during the day. These include snake touching. Life cycles of the Saguaro cactus. Life in the rivers and streams in Arizona. And they change daily. Well versed people are waiting to explain how the desert works.
The landscape has been planted 55 years ago to represent as much of the Sonora desert that would predate human interference. While not all of these would grow here, they all live in the Sonora desert that covers from the Baja peninsula to New Mexico. Butterfly gardens include non native plants but the butterflies are wild feeding here.
The animals are here by assignment. The Mountain Lion was orphaned. The pair of Mexican grey wolves are a retired breeding pair that was used to restore native range. The Black bear was raised by humans. They live in nice sized enclosures with AC and shade. The 19 stingrays enjoy a covered pool and for $3 you can touch them ($3 more you can feed them shrimp).
What happens when a 150 foot wide chunk of Iron and nickel drops in on the Earth? You get a hole a mile wide and 500 feet deep! Welcome to Barringer Crater, aka Meteor Crater. The crater is located 40 miles East of Flagstaff, AZ. Its right off of Interstate 40.
This is the windest place North of Antarctica! There is a steady 30 mph wind and it gusts well above that. But its the easiest to visit and best preserved crater around. Most craters are eroded by water, in Northern Arizona not much of a problem.
There are three observation areas set up along the rim. Two are slightly below the rim. There is no access within or to the bottom. You get a fairly young (50,000 year old) feature that all the hallmarks an impact crater. This is what the Moon surface is coveted with. The astronauts actually trained here before going to the Moon.
There’s a movie telling the story. There are guided tours subject to weather. The have a small display of other impact craters, meteor types, and video simulaions. You can put your hands on a 1400 pound piece of the meteor responsible for this whole thing.
If you are in the Flagstaff area, its worth a stop even at $18/adult. This is a good add on to Sunset Crater or Wapitaki trips
This is from the road sides along Saguaro Lake. The lake has several access points. It rests within the mountains. Several elevation changes and arroyos (dry river beds) give several different views and plants. The stately Saguaros are everywhere. The blooms are limited by rainfall. This is the second month of blooms here.