May 31, 2013

Posting from West Virginia

I will be on vacation in West Virginia and Pennsylvania the next 10 days.  Most of the posts on this blog will be photos from that trip.  I will be posting more detailed information of the trip on my Above the Norm blog: .

Pipestem, WV
This is the first stop on our trip.

May 25, 2013

Slide Rock

One of those fun summer places is Slide Rock State Park located in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona, AZ. I have visited this place many times throughout my years as a child and an adult. Slide Rock got its name from the natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek.  It is located in Oak Creek Canyon and only 7 miles from Sedona.  In 1907, Frank L. Pendley developed the land and obtained a title under the Homestead Act in 1910.  He created an irrigation system which watered his apple orchard.  The road through the canyon was finished in 1914 and Pendley took advantage of the traffic and built the tourists cabins for them to rent.
On July 10, 1985 the Arizona State Parks acquired the park and two years later Slide Rock State Park was dedicated.  On December 23, 1991, the Pendley Homestead Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  His apple farm is still maintained today.
Slide Rock State Park
6871 West Highway 89A 
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone: (928) 282-3034
Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (spring); 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (summer)
Fees: $10.00 per vehicle (up to 4 adults, 14 years or older), each extra adult is $3.00
*No pets allowed or to be left in vehicles. Also, bring a few pairs of pants because the smooth rocks on the slide will wear holes in your drawers.

May 22, 2013

White Mountains

These photos were taken in the 1990's in the White Mountains of Arizona.

May 21, 2013

Monument Valley

Glove Rock Monuments

These photos were taken in the 1970's on a camera with 110 Kodak film.
(They are very grainy.)

May 20, 2013

Four Corners

Here I am standing in four states at one time.

1970's, Four Corners
Photographed with 110 Kodak film.

Myself and my family each standing in a different state.
1970's, Four Corners

May 17, 2013

Space Age Restaurant and Shop

Whenever Sharon and I are urban exploring in Gila Bend, we always stop at the Space Age Restaurant. Inside is a small UFO/Arizona themed gift shop and restaurant with a salad bar.  We always get the bacon cheeseburger and fries.  The burger is melt-in-your mouth tasty.  The service is friendly and the prices are inexpensive.

Space Age Restaurant
401 E. Pima Street
Gila Bend, AZ 85337
(928) 683-2761

May 15, 2013

Sasquatch Burger at the Lodge

The Lodge in Scottsdale is a wonderful place to have lunch and dinner. I shared a Sasquatch burger with my friend as you can see why by the picture.
That sucker was huge!

The Lodge
4422 W. 75th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 945-0828

Outside Patio

Sasquatch burger with sweet potato fries.

May 13, 2013

Mayer Deli and Mercantile

 You can enjoy a great meal at the deli in the Big Bug Station in Mayer, AZ. The bread is all freshly made daily. The cook is proud of his homemade horseradish sauce which adds the right flavor to any sandwich. I shared pastrami on wheat with the horseradish sauce with my friend and it was the best I had ever eaten. I would recommend that if you find yourself in Mayer, be sure to stop at the Big Bug Station and give one of their sandwiches a try.

Big Bug Station
Hours: 6 am to 3 pm, 7 days a week

 After enjoying a tasty breakfast or lunch at the Big Bug Station, walk next door to the adjoining Old Mayer Mercantile shop. The place is full of unique items and antiques. It is a wonderful place to spend time while visiting Mayer.

Old Mayer Mercantile
1278 Central Avenue
Mayer, AZ 86333
Phone: (928) 632-4177

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I drew, cut and pasted this in my Graphic Design class.