My only impression (until htmb's photos) of Flagstaff and surrounds was from reading Tony Hillerman's books about the Navajo policemen. The town doesn't look particularly interesting but the area around it looks better than I had expected. I thought it must be much drier, although I suppose that depends on the time of year.
Flagstaff tends to be very dry, as it's a high dessert plateau, but August and September are rainy months. Most of the time lip balm and skin cream and constant necessities, while drinking copious amounts of water is always in order due to the dry air and high altitude.
When I visit Flagstaff it is to see family. It's the place where my family members live, work, attend school, and play, so that is what I do on my visits, too. I'm lucky if I see them once a year. Twice in one year is a dream come true!
On this trip I have rocked a brand new baby, visited two different schools, been a guest at a kiddie birthday party, attended soccer practice and two different soccer games. I've ridden bikes, played backyard basketball and watched an adult basketball pick-up game. Besides looking for elk I've been to a chili cook-off, played with Legos, and made an unexpected visit to a dentist for a minor inconvenience. And though it all I've taken photos. While my family members are not featured in my AnyPort posts, I've probably taken four times as many pictures to share with the rest of the family back home.
Here are the last of the photos from this little trip. Leaving is certainly bittersweet.
A full selection of shots as usual, the bird taking the berry is a super see.
Re de-icing the roads, volcanic ash sounds a good cheap material, but I recall years ago we used ash from coal fired power stations and it really made a mess of the car. It does not do engines etc any favours either, being very abrasive.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Outstanding travelogue & so many beautiful pictures. My impression of it on a brief pass-through & from this thread is of a cheerful, thriving place, not at all "high end". We stayed in an exceptionally nice hotel (La Quinta, maybe?) & the rates were commensurate or even better than similar places in other parts of the US. Your comments corroborate my favorable impression of older in-town buildings recycled on a reasonable budget to house useful, locally sustainable businesses.
You all were quite intrepid to put up with that uncomfortable drive, but what a payoff! The kids must have been thrilled. I kept trying to imagine how it smelled, as there must have been plenty of sagebrush, creosote bushes, etc. around. My abiding memory of Flagstaff is of the wonderful scent of balsam everywhere.
Beautifully photographed, very interesting thread. Thanks!