Springs from an aquifer feed a million and a half gallons of fresh water up into Montezuma Well each day. The water exits on the far side of the Well, filtering through the rock, and emerges as a crystal clear stream down in a little grotto. There in the middle of the dessert, is this cool, shady little spot with lush maidenhair ferns and sycamore trees. The ancient peoples used the water from this faithful stream to irrigate their rocky fields.
Being a train lover, I was hoping one of the old iron horse steam engines would pull our train out to the Grand Canyon, but both are parked for awhile. Darn! But was a great ride, anyway. All along the route, you can see the ruts from the old stage coaches that once ran from Williams out to the canyon. It was fascinating to watch the tracks wind around old juniper trees that were already old a hundred years ago….
Chris and William sitting at the edge of the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon cast a spell over me. The hugeness, the quiet, the color…just amazing! For a few moments I sat totally by myself. I could hear the air rushing over the feathers of the ravens swooping nearly within arm’s reach.
I just couldn’t resist including this photo! On our Flagstaff day, we went up to the Snow Bowl ski area and took the ski lift up to the top. For we sea level people the thin air up there was an interesting experience. You could take a deep breath, but it didn’t feel like it! Such a pretty view up there, and such a pretty ride. I didn’t realize how big mature aspen trees are! Did you know they almost form a rain forest like canopy, shading and protecting the young aspens and fir trees growing up from underneath. I would love to see those aspens in their golden autumn dress.
Sweet comments copied over from my old Typepad blog…
Great photos, Dori! Such a handsome family you have. I especially love the poisonous snakes sign. Eek, that’s just what I want to encounter when beginning a hike. Looks like a great trip! Glad you enjoyed it.
Reply September 13, 2009 at 01:55 PM
Thanks, Jenny! Love my handsome men, I do. Yes! That creepy crawler sign gave me pause!!! Jamie did have a pretty close encounter with Pepe La Pew one evening that had us all in a giggle fit!
Reply September 13, 2009 at 02:02 PM
It is so wonderful to finally see the faces of all your manly men! And having two sons myself, and a handsome husband, and travels in the west, it all looks so familiar to me. I can sense the pleasure and contentment you felt there, with your loved ones.
Reply September 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Dori said in reply to Lesley…
I thought you might like to see my fellows. I feel so fortunate to have met your family in person when you visited out here.
It was so nice to have my family all together as we explored someplace new. So many nice memories.
Reply September 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM
Great photos, of everything beautiful, people included. It is nice to see all of you, how great to still be making wonderful memories together.:)
Reply September 15, 2009 at 07:52 AM
Looks like you had such a wonderful time making memories together! lidy
Reply September 15, 2009 at 07:53 AM
susan mclean said…
looks like a great trip Whidbey Hallbergs!
Reply September 20, 2009 at 07:04 PM
Dori said in reply to susan mclean…
It was grand! (No pun intended.) ;-)
Fun to see you here, Susan!
Reply September 20, 2009 at 08:45 PM