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Friday, November 30, 2012

Grand Canyon Visit

Our last adventure before heading home from our Arizona trip was a visit to see the Grand Canyon. I couldn't wait to finally see this beautiful place in person. Once you look over the edge and see it in person I felt so close to God at that moment. To see up close the magnitude of the great flood was breathtaking! I wish we had more time to really explore. Hike, maybe take a mule down to the bottom.. Unfortunately we had only a few hours to enjoy it's beauty. We took their bus service out to the west outlook and back. Got off at almost all of the stops. On one we got tired of waiting for the bus so we walked to the next outlook which was awesome because we got to see more of the canyon that you wouldn't of if you stayed on the bus so it was worth it. We also drove out of the park towards the east as we headed home. Stopped to see the watchtower. Went up the stairs and looked out at more beauty. I don't think I could ever get tired of looking at the Grand Canyon. This was well worth the trip...

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Kids enjoying the view..

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This is a fault.. Pretty spectacular!

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Pictures of us while at the Grand Canyon

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At Hermits Rest. The last stop west before heading back to the visitor's center.

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Loved seeing God's Word here!

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The Colorado River down below..
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Watchtower
 
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Stairs going down from the watchtower on the inside...

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So glad we were able to stop and see the Grand Canyon.. Loved every minute of it!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

In Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona campus there is  Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. Since my DS10 was studying astronomy while on our trip we decided to check this out. They had an exhibit on meteroids, comets and outer space. My son was in heaven... He soaked up everything he could while were there. My other two kids loved it to but the greatest impact came from my science guy DS10! While we were there we saw two laser shows and then went outside to there telescope and saw Uranus and Neptune. This was awesome for me as well since I have been wanting to see both of these planets and don't have a telescope strong enough to view them. We've seen all the other planets (minus Pluto) so this was awesome to see these two while we were there!
 
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My son showing off a little piece of Mars..

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A replica of 1998 RQ36 meteroid

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Inside an asteriod!

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Showing relative size of 1998RQ36 to certain world buildings. The meteriod is the gray thing that my son is standing next to.

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Daughter making a hoodoo...

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Sitting next to a real meteorite

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Thought this was funny. As we were leaving the building outside the front door they had a sidewalk sundial.. No big deal right?? But just on the right there it says for those I guess that don't know how a SUNdial works.. "This can only be used when the sun is shining".. no foolin?... hee hee!! I guess that's why it's called a sundial and not a moon or cloud dial.. Just thought that was funny!!

Reid Park Zoo- Tucson, AZ

While we were in Tucson, AZ we went to Reid Park Zoo there in town. It's been a really long time since we've been to a zoo so it was nice to visit here. Here is some pictures of the animals we saw that I was able to get pictures of...

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The kids in front of the sign before we entered the zoo...

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Giraffes are so cool!!

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DS10 looking at the tigers

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This bird was strutting his stuff the entire time we were there checking out this area. He was so funny to watch..

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Baby zebras are so adorable...

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At the elephant exhibit there was a fake elephant rump. It feels just like a real elephant and when my son above decided to touch it, it started talking.. It was so funny!

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These guys were HUGE

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Saw a large amount of flamingo's

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Here kitty kitty!!!!

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This guy was fun to watch swimming around. He came up just enough for me to snap this photo of him!

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Thought this bird was cool... Not sure what it is....

Hoover Dam

On our trip to Arizona back in October we drove through Las Vegas so we could see Hoover Dam. I was so excited to be able to go and walk across it. Seen it many times in books and on the internet but it isn't the same until you can see it in person. I was a bit bummed that we didn't walk the bridge to get a good picture of the dam looking down at it but we did walk the length of it and back and went to check out the gift shop. We didn't pay to take any of the tours as we were trying to save money but if we ever do get back here we are for sure taking the underground dam tour. Here is some pictures of our trip to Hoover Dam...

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The spillway.

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Halfway across the dam the time changes. Here we are in Arizona time

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The kids standing on the time zone line. DD18 is standing on Pacific Time and the boys are standing on Arizona Time (since they don't recognize Daylight Savings Time)

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Looking down.. pretty far down..

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The bridge behind us is where you drive past. On the side closest to the dam is a walking bridge where you can overlook the dam. We didn't get a chance to do it this trip..

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Really glad we stopped. It was REALLY hot that day. We got there first thing around 9am and it was already close to 100 degrees...