A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Posted by Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) at 7:09 PM
Sunday, May 27, 2007
While the temperature in Phoenix was around 100 degrees, it was approximately 25 degrees cooler at the canyon due to the rise in elevation. The heat in the canyon can exceed 100 degrees in the shade during certain times of the year. The Grand Canyon's elevation at the South Rim (where we visited) is 7,000 feet. Depending on the point in Phoenix, we experienced a change in elevation anywhere from 4,ooo - 6,000 feet to arrive at the Grand Canyon.
We covered an area of 7 miles via a bus tour west of the Train Depot with several stops along the way once we arrived. The bus driver's narration included many interesting pieces of information. The one that fascinated me the most was that the average time spent looking at the canyon is 15-20 minutes. The average time spent in the gift shops is 35-40 minutes. I think he was right. Curt would later quip that we played connect the gift shops the rest of the afternoon. He's a funny guy, I tell ya. After that we did a self-guided walking tour of the Grand Canyon Village Historical District.
Later I tried to descend the Bright Angel Trail which is a 7-mile descent into the Canyon only to discover I'm a rock hugger. Not until I tried again the next day did I realize I have a very, very bad base of acrophobia. I'm looking into a 12-step program for the cure. It was a HUGE disappointment not to be able to hike in the canyon. We spent the night in the Grand Canyon National Park at one of several lodges. Friday morning we covered the area east of the train depot by foot which was about a 5 mile roundtrip. We had lunch at the Blue Angel Lodge (see description in the Historical District brochure) before heading back to Williams on the 4:30pm train. But before we left we spotted condors flying over the canyon. The condor is a story in itself. Since the bird became extinct this was a sight to behold.
Before leaving Williams Saturday we made a quick stop in town to ride along historical Route 66. We stayed long enough to pose for a few pictures next to one of the markers and started making our way to south to Sedona, AZ to visit the Red Rock State Park. I was able to hike one of the trails in the park but Curt said the trails were like sidewalks in the woods. Ouch! But this is coming from a guy who swam 1.86 miles, biked 120 miles, and ran 28 miles while on vacation!! Everything seems like a walk in the park to him.
Since we were returning home on Sunday we spent our last night in Phoenix.We made it just in time to see the AZ Diamondbacks play the Houston Astros at Chase Field. It is a great stadium with a retractable roof. The outside temp last night was 95 degrees while the temp inside was 78 degrees and that was while playing under the stars. Incredible. The DBacks won 5-4 in 8-1/2 innings. Baseball, shopping, and trains, oh my. It was the perfect vacation.
Posted by Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) at 11:17 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Today was the Madeira Beach Mad Dog Triathlon hosted by the St Pete Mad Dogs - the nation's largest triathlon club according to their website. It is a sprint triathalon (.5 mile swim, 15m bike, 3.1m run). It is where a lot of triathletes get their feet wet figuratively and literally. Such was the case for a friend of Mr and Mrs B who is visiting from Detroit. This was Jeff's first trithalon and I was fortunate enough to get a picture of him coming out of the water after the swim. You can just feel his exhilariation by looking at the picture I'm posting. His wife is sporting a Mad Dogs t-shirt (If you can't race with the MAD DOGS, stay on the porch and don't bark). Curt sported a quote by Mr B throughout the race on the cross bar of his bike (Oh, you'll never catch me on the bike). It was Curt's motivation - whatever it takes. I'm all for motivational quotes. I think my favorite is Eat Right, Exercise, Die Anway. One of the pictures in this post is of Curt, Mr B, and fellow tri (FT). Mr B did beat Curt on the bike by 7 seconds but Curt finished 1.25.01 to Mr B's 1.28.03. FT finished 1.24.25 with the best time overall but things have to be kept in perpective - these guys were all racing in different divisions. It was a fun day for participants as well as spectators. We all met after the race at a restaurant in Madeira Beach called Sculley's. I didn't get any pictures of Curt swimming, biking, or running because he is just too fast for me. They don't make shutter speeds for people like him. You can click on the link for actual race results and pictures that will be posted within a few days. When you look up pictures, you will need Curt's bib number which was 232. He got me up at 3:30am to leave for this race. He just left to ride 25 more miles. I'm going to bed. Scrabble tournaments vs triathlons. One uses your mind - the other your body. It works for me. Don't miss Di's and Bigun's blog for more pictures and race day commentary!
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Thursday, May 17, 2007
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