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I'm planning on spending SolstiChristmaHanukKwanzaa in Tempe with scrottie, but am thinking I would also like to have some sort of broader adventure in Arizona while I am there. I miss that landscape.

That reminded me that I really, really hope that I will have a chance to see Roden Crater sometime before I die. It looks like there was an opportunity this past spring, for a $6500 fund-raising price tag. Blast, I missed it. Perhaps I should save up some art-spending money.

I had originally thought Roden Crater was a meteor crater, but the meteor crater's nearby. Roden Crater is volcanic.



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Nov. 7th, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)
That crater is really cool. I'd never heard of it, and now I want to go see it.
Nov. 7th, 2015 01:30 pm (UTC)
There was a big James Turrell exhibit at my favorite museum, the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), probably about 10 years ago, that felt magical. He has run around installing these things he calls "skyspaces" in various places, that consist of an oval-shaped room with a special ceiling that is structured to try and capture the sky and make it feel like a thing instead of a big openness. I think I prefer the one at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art over the one at the Henry, and they're not for everyone because they're pretty meditative. I just get this sense that the Roden Crater will be even more spectacular.
Nov. 7th, 2015 02:45 am (UTC)
i love earth art.

so meet at the crater like in that movie close encounters..

; )

sounds futuristic! once at day and camp at night. is there a campsite anywhere around there? what a soulful experience that would be! tales of power don juan carlos castenada!


Nov. 7th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: SolstiChristmaHanukKwanzaa
It is not too far outside of Flagstaff, so I think it would be possible to find somewhere to camp near there. It's actually not especially far from another interesting tourist-trap destination, Meteor Crater (which I haven't visited either). Roden is way more appealing to me, though.
Nov. 7th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: SolstiChristmaHanukKwanzaa
do meteors ever hit twice? i imagine the meteor site would have celestial energy, while the volcano would have earth energy..

yes, meteor crater is nowhere near as picaresque.. actually it looks like a stony grave. important rubble, rhymes with hubble... boy in a bubble making trouble...

; '

Edited at 2015-11-07 11:52 pm (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2015 12:38 pm (UTC)
I'll be in Arizona in February, I think -- I haven't been there before as a destination, just passed through. (Phoenix area for me... it's Mayhem's birthday, so we are going to go see our local friends down there.) I'm trying to decide what to do while there besides the martial arts seminar.

Is the crater on private land such that you have to pay to see it?
Nov. 9th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know how it all works, but in lieu of that I would suggest a trip to go hiking in and around Sedona, which has its own sort of incredible natural beauty. One of my favorite hikes of all time is up the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon. February might be a little chilly for that one, though, because the real hike starts where the trail ends, 3 miles up the stream, and at that point you just hike up the riverbed in sandals. There are a couple of spots where it's simplest to just swim across, but even just walking up to the point where it becomes necessary to swim would provide a magical experience.

I also want to visit Antelope Canyon, now that I think about it.

Closer to Phoenix, there are the Superstition Mountains to the east, where there's some great hiking, or if going that far gets logistically challenging, South Mountain Park or Camelback Mountain provide fantastic urban hikes. Hrm, in February, stuff to the east of town may have good wildflowers. I've also spent a bunch of time in the Salt River Recreation Area, which isn't quite as majestic but still has plenty of great desert riparian stuff going on.
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