Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Flagstaff, Arizona

I love Flagstaff. The elevation is about 7,000 feet; the air is clean; it's near mountains and forest; and the downtown area is nice with several outdoor goods stores. It makes a good base before setting out for the Grand Canyon, which is why I have stayed here twice. Flagstaff got its start in 1882 with the Atlantic and Pacific Railway (later renamed the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe). Its early years were centered around forestry and the railroad. Northern Arizona University is here, as well as the Lowell Observatory, where that dearly-departed planet Pluto was discovered.

The weather turned cold here, with an inch of snow on the ground within a day of arrival. And the winds!! Almost makes me kind of homesick for Death Valley. We're staying two nights in Flagstaff, and will make a day trip to Sedona before moving northward.

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