2011 Summer Vacation, Day 13

Waking up Monday morning in the Coconino National Forest:

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The nice thing was that we were very close to the entrance to Walnut Canyon National Monument.  We drove over and hiked down the trail:

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The trail explores 13th century cliff dwellings:

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More cliff dwellings across the way:

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After Walnut Canyon, we headed into Flagstaff to visit Lowell Observatory.  The first thing we saw was the 1896 24-inch refractor Lowell used to map the features on Mars:

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The 1930 reflector used to discover Pluto:

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The reflector’s observatory:

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Research observatories:

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A reflector chassis:

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After Lowell, we went to Sunset Crater National Monument, a volcano.  We hiked up adjacent Lenox Crater:

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Trees growing in the ash field:

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Sunset Crater, seen from Lenox Crater:

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We went for a hike through the Bonito Lava Flow:

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Next we went to Wupatki National Monument to see 11th century pueblo dwellings:

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Ancient ga-ga court:

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Heading north, we arrived at the Grand Canyon.  We stopped first at Desert View:

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Enjoying Lipan Point:

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We arrived at Mather Campground in the Park towards sunset.  This is the first official campground of the trip.

We drove about 140 miles today. Walnut Canyon NM (B), Lowell Observatory (C), Sunset Crater NM (D), Wupatki NM (E):

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