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John Wayne Tree 2013 / Part 2

16 Jul


Take it to the Limit / The Eagles

So Nick, our Guide/Driver, says there’s something else he wants to show us close by.
Lead on …
He points to a nearby tree and says: “See this tree?”
“This is John Wayne Tree”. 

What?! Really!! How so?
Nick says that back in 1947 when John Wayne was starring in Angel and the Badman
John had posed by this tree for a photo.
I now recalled seeing that photo somewhere? but I’ve been able to find it since.
This did seem seem to be an amazing coincidence though because there’s no way Nick could have known
that I had a blog called My Favorite Westerns where I had 
extensively featured The Duke.

Nick claimed John posed something like this.
(Notice how I bear absolutely no resemblance to John Wayne who was without a doubt
about one of the most photogenic Celebrities who ever lived.)

But I really had to wonder though at the odds of this??
We hadn’t planned on taking Jeep Tour at all and these Jeep Tours go to many different locations in the area.
Yet here we were.
Pretty amazing.

Angel and the Badman / 1947

1947.
One year before I was born. 

A John Wayne Production

John Wayne was 40 years old.
He was a Star, but had not yet achieved
the unparalleled heights of SuperStardom
he ultimately reached.

Eight years earlier John had Starred the most important Western ever made: Stagecoach.
Directed by John Ford which raised Western Film from pulp to 
legitimate Art. 
This had been also John’s breakthrough role as a Western Hero. 

Available to watch on You Tube.

The End

John Wayne Tree 2013 ——————-The Full Story / Part 1

10 Jul


Take it Easy / The Eagles

Sedona Jeep Tour 2013

I never really did tell the full story of our John Wayne Tree adventure at Sedona back in 2013.
My previous posts on this were lousy so I want to fix that.

In Sedona my pardner, Rose, won a Jeep Tour prize by getting sucked into a TimeShare presentation. That was the hook. I was quietly kicking Rose for making me endure the TimeShare thing, but we would never have gone on this Jeep Tour otherwise. Life and Fate, however, often have a different idea that they only let us in on when we’re right in the middle of it all. Sometimes wonderful things happen. Sometimes not. This turned out to be pretty wonderful. 

So off we go.

When you realize how many Jeep Tours there are here and the many different places they go,
you have to realize what an amazing coincidence this event turned out to be.

Schnebly Hill Road

History of Sedona | Sedona Heritage Museum

A bit of history:
Theodore Carleton (T C) Schnebly and his wife SEDONA Arabella Miller Schnebly
moved to the Sedona area in 1901.

Schnebly Hill Road, of course is named after them and Sedona after her.

The Hill road is an adventure in itself.
Below you can see one stretch of the road – and why they use Jeeps.
All six of us were all well strapped in, but we still needed to hold on to our saddlehorns.
At one point we saw a family in a minivan coming up the road.
You can bet they regretted that.

Photo from the Internet.

Nick, our driver, was giving us a running commentary on the area as we bumped along.
(Can’t remember a thing.)

Nor was there much chance for taking any pics on the way up.


But we did snap a couple.We jostle and jerk our way up to see a viewpoint Nick calls Schnebly Hill Vista
… and jump out for a jaunt.

I look back down and see the old timer still sitting in the jeep. (below)
(He was a very unhappy camper to be along on this excursion – and didn’t hide it.)

Possibly another victim of a TimeShare pitch.

Hiking up a short, but steep little path and arrive at the Viewpoint … 

AWESOME!

Nick was right. This is a hell of a viewpoint.

You can literally see for miles.
Sedona in the distance.

There are a lot of such vista views around Sedona area.

We clamour around a bit enjoying the view.

But the best was yet to come …

Next:

John Wayne Tree

 

Sedona … Faces of the Cathedral

2 Jul


Native American Style Flutes / Scott August

I’d guess that Cathedral Rock in Sedona is one of the most photographed places in North America. 
I’ve taken many pics of it myself.

There are dozens of pics of Cathedral rock on the Internet taken by much better photographers than I.

But it’s pretty well impossible to come here and not take a couple of pics of this. 

“You can’t swim at Oak Creek Crossing.” he said. “It’s too shallow.”
“That’s your water.” I answered.

 

Sedona … Revisited

30 Jun


Shadows of Sedona / Scott August

I’ve been to Sedona on and off since the early 70’s.
On my first visit I hiked up to Cathedral Rock.
There were no trails or pathways going up there in those days. 
And no people. 
I enjoyed a moment of pure solitude.
That evening I swam at Oak Creek Crossing as the sun set.
Native ladies and their children came down to sit on the rocks to enjoy a serene twilight. 
It was truly a magical moment and a once in a lifetime experience.
I was One with them. 
Sedona is not the sleepy secret it used to be,
but I hope there is still some solitude and peace to be found here. 

 

Old Tucson Studios: Part 76

29 Jul


Ripple / Grateful Dead

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

The Grand Finale of the ongoing entertainment at Old Tucson Studios
is a stunt show. Stunt Set Below:

Old Tucson Studios Stunt Set

Old Tucson Studios Stunt Men

The Stunt Actors make their entrance.

Old Tucson Studios Stuntman

Whipped cream ?

Sadly, none of our stunt photos turned out …  Grrrr.

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Old Set

Old Tucson Studios Train Station

Old Tucson Studios Train ride

Here she comes !

Old Tucson Studios Signpost

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Stage

Old Tucson Studios Real Train

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Camera Boom

We’re rolling …

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Old Tucson Studios Crooked Creek Chapel

Crooked Creek Chapel / Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios Church Altar

Old Tucson Studios Church

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Old Tucson Studio Star Bar

Amen

Arizona Holiday continued … Old Tucson Studios: Part 2

29 Jun

Old Tucson Studios is pretty big.

Old Tucson 2

There’s ongoing entertainment at Old Tucson Studios
They have it timed so you can take it all in if you wish.
We took a lot of pictures.

First thing was the well rehearsed Medicine Show.

Old Tucson 2 medicine show 1

Careful though – you might wind up as part of the show.

Old Tucson 2 medicine show 1B

You have to be a skilled photographer to take 2 pictures of a guy
and catch him blinking both times. Grrrrrrr …

Old Tucson 2 medicine show

But the show must go on …

Old Tucson 2 medicine show 2

Old Tucson bar

Next door to the Medicine Show is Town Hall
housing a museum and a gallery …

Below: Badges of the Old West.

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 1

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 2

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 3

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 4

Old Tucson 2 City Hall 6

Old Tucson 2 City Hall

“This town ain’t big enough fer the both of us.”

Old Tucson bar

Onward … to the Grand Palace Saloon

Old Tucson 2 Dance Hall

My photography skills are exposed.
Or underexposed ? Whatever.

Old Tucson 2 Dance Hall 2

Maybe I was distracted.

Old Tucson 2 Dance Hall 3

Old Tucson bar

Old Tucson 2 Bath House

Over at the women’s bath house …
Heck it’s only 15 cents … 25 if you want soap.

Old Tucson bar

Below: We spotted a guy practicing gun tricks …

Old Tucson gun tricks

He wasn’t very good so I decided to offer him some advice.

Old Tucson gun tricks 2

Below: snickering and holstering at the same time.

Old Tucson gun tricks 3

Don’t try this at home folks.

Old Tucson bar

Next: Old Tucson Studios 3

Arizona Holiday continued … Old Tucson Studios: Part 1

21 Jun

On the way to Old Tucson Studios we drove through about the biggest
Saguaro Cactus forest I’ve ever seen.
Turns out we’re in Saguaro National Park.

Old Tucson

Quite a sight for us Northerners. We have castus in Alberta – a few varieties – notably Prickly Pear – but these Saguaro are a novelty to us.

Old Tucson saguaro cactus forest 2

Old Tucson saguaro cactus forest 3

Below: Rest point.

Old Tucson rest point

Below: looking back – Tucson in the distance.

Old Tucson - Tuscon in the distance

Below: rest point 2.

Old Tucson rest stop

Just another Arizona vista.

Old Tucson the view

Old Tucson moving along

Below: looking ahead – Old Tucson Studios in the distance.

Old Tucson - Old Tuscon Studios in the distance

Below: coming in

Old Tucson Studios coming in

Arriving …

Old Tucson entering

At the Entrance – Gift Shop

Old Tucson Gift Shop

Entrance.

Old Tucson entrance

Next: Inside Old Tucson Studios

The Mission …

19 Jun

On the way to Old Tucson Studios we stopped by Mission San Xavier Del Bac.

When the Spanish weren’t plundering and murdering, they built Missions. Lots of them. This is one. It’s famous – ton of photos on the net.

Here’s ours:

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 2

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 3

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 5

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 6

Mission San Xavier Del Bac8

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 7

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Mission San Xavier Del Bac 12

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 13

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 14

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 15

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 16

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 17

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 18

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 19

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 20

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 21

Mission San Xavier Del Bac 22

hummingbirds 2

the stranger

The stranger

fountain

Fountain

 

Colossal Cave … Part 3

16 Jun

Game of Thrones Western Style

Gun Bar 2

Colossal Caves: Part 3

Colossal Caverns Park Logo

Some closing shots.

Colossal Ranch cactus

Colossal Cave

Below Colossal Cave there’s other things to see and do in Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Hike, picnic, camp, Ranch, trail rides, field museum, gift shop … and more. We took a quick tour.

Colossal Cave Mountain Ranch Park Map

Down at La Posta Quemada Ranch we find this awesome sculpture
“The Cowboy” by Buck McCain. It’s almost like finding a Rembrandt
in a barber shop.

Colossal Ranch Buck McCain Statue The Cowboy

Colossal Ranch The Cowboy Plaque

THE COWBOY
THE COWBOY standing 6’8″ high including the a base (32″ x 32.5″) is an edition of 35. He depicts a working cowboy. Dress and gear are authentic reproductions. THE COWBOY stands at the entrance of the Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ; Evergreen Cementary, Colorado Springs, CO; the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA; Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Tucson, AZ; Leanin’ Tree Western Art Musuem, Boulder, CO; the Foss Company, Golden, CO and is found in several private collections.

Gun Bar 2

Colossal Ranch phone booth

Southern Pacific Rail Road
Booths like this one, were a vital
communication for rail workers and
engineers. They were positioned about
every seven miles. Keeping the booths
operational included ____ing the
glass ____ed wet cell batteries. They had
to be kept filled with oil and battery acid.
This one was recovered form Pantano.
It had to be abandoned during the 1960’s
when the system was modernized

Colossal Ranch windmill

Colossal Ranch barb wire

What cowboys and ranchers think about barbed wire.

Colossal Ranch CCC fieldhouse museum

Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

Colossal Cave CCC museum 2

Colossal Cave Park ... leaving

Gun Bar 2

Hotel

After a hot day of caving we earn a dip in the pool!

Back at the Hotel

Back at the Hotel 2

Ya Baby !

 Next:
Old Tucson Studios

Colossal Cave … Part 2

14 Jun

Colossal Cave … Part 2.

Colossal Cave … Part 2

14 Jun


Silent Partner / Event Departure

Part 2: Colossal Caves / Inside

Colossal Caverns Park Logo

Before we go inside Colossal Cave, I need to clarify something: Rose and I are not ghost hunters. It’s not on our minds. Nor are we paranormal researchers, etc. Yet in our journeys in Arizona we seem to be continually encountering ghostly phenomenon – namely in the form of what paranormal researchers call ‘orbs’ – supposedly ghostly manifestations that are often seen in haunted locations. But it’s only pure coincidence that these places we’ve visited in the past in Arizona are ‘paranormal hotspots’.

Our first encounter was in Yuma where Rose photographed an orb in the notorious “dark cell” at old Yuma State Territorial Prison. The fact is that we were only in Yuma because I was getting dental work done across the border in Algodones, Mexico. Otherwise we wouldn’t have gone there at all.

Our next encounter was in Tombstone’s Bird Cage Theatre. This trip to Tombstone was a gift from Rose to me because of my interest (and Blog) on Westerns Movies. I had not planned to go to Tombstone – and hadn’t known of The Bird Cage’s reputation for being haunted. I’d hoped I’d be able to visit Tombstone someday, but hadn’t counted on it.

Now we come to Colossal Cave – where I’ve now learned is yet another famously haunted location. All of these locations are high on the list of people who investigate and seek out ghostly phenomenon. But we didn’t know that. Even if we had known it, I surely wouldn’t have expected to encounter anything. And apart from visiting Tombstone itself we had no intention of going to Colossal Caves – and didn’t even know it existed. Our experiences were not intentional – or sought out – but hard to ignore – though fun and interesting to us. I mentioned them here and shown what evidence we have for your own interest and fun. I’ve known for a long time that ghosts exist and I didn’t need any proof – and truthfully, I’d generally avoid such any such encounters if possible.

Onward.

Colossal Caves entrance

Above is the first photograph I took in the caves.
That’s our Tour Guide on the steps.

There’s a small orb right behind Rose.
(You are free to think otherwise, but that’s exactly what it is.)
Below enlarged.

Colossal Caves orb 1

Colossal Caves onward and upward

Below and above: Broken stalactites are evident. There was a lot of this throughout Colossal Caves which had been inhabited, used and visited for hundreds of years by local natives – then miners – then outlaws. This is just one of the reasons the 2 cavers who discovered Kartchner Caverns kept them a secret for 14 years. Soot from fires in the cavern also can be seen. I’m sure there was plenty of graffiti and garbage that was needed to be removed as well.

Colossal Caves Rose

Colossal Caves tour

The second shot with a very visible orb right in the middle.
(No, that is not from his flashlight.)
Pardon my finger in the shot.

Colossal Caves Tour 2

Colossal Caves Tour 3

Below: 2 orbs appear quite clearly at the top center.

Colossal Caves Tour 4

Below: When you Tour these caves, keep a tight grip on your cameras and purses. There are lots of places where you will not recover them if they fall.

Colossal Caves Tour 5

Colossal Caves Tour 6

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Colossal Caves Tour 7

Not as spectacular as Kartchner Caverns, but definitely some decent things to see here.

Colossal Caves Tour 8

Colossal Caves Tour 9

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Colossal Caves Tour 13

Colossal Caves Tour 14

Colossal Caverns Park Logo

Colossal Cavern … Part 1

13 Jun

Colossal Cavern … Part 1.

Colossal Cavern … Part 1

13 Jun

One good cave deserves another.

Not really knowing what to expect, the next day we head over to Colossal Caverns.

If you were wondering why 2 cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts decided to keep Kartchner Caverns a secret for 14 years (from 1974), you’re about to find out.

Colossal Caverns aren’t as big as Kartchner Caverns, but have a unique and interesting History. And other things …

We came away with so many photos from around there that I’ll need to do this in 2 or 3 Parts.

Part 1: Colossal Caves / The Entrance

Colossal Caverns 1 at the entrance

Colossal I tell ya !

Colossal Caverns - dismounting

Dismounting from rental steed …

Colossal Caverns -  the sign

Colossal Caverns - cave facility

Cave Entrance and Gift Shop in background

Colossal Caverns - trail to Cave

Path to Gift Shop and Caves

Colossal Caverns gift shop and entrance

Colossal Caverns - plaque

Colossal Caverns - plaque 2 Colossal Caverns - resting

Colossal Caverns - panorama

Nice View

Colossal Caverns - Rose and miner

Colossal Caverns - Frank S

Colossal Caverns - Frank Schmidt plaque

Colossal Caverns view

Colossal Caverns Gift Shop

Colossal Caverns - entrance

Cave Entrance

Colossal Caverns - thermometer

A comfortable 70 Degrees F. inside the cave

Colossal Caverns - panorama 2

Colossal Caverns - view 2

Next: Part 2: Into Colossal Cavern

Boot Hill …

9 Jun

Boot Hill ….

Boot Hill …

5 Jun

creepin midnight / Seatrain

Boot Hill / Tombstone, Arizona

We finally make it to Tombstone’s legendary Boot Hill. The resting place of Clanton’s, McLaury’s, assorted bad guys and ordinary folks – most of who probably died with their boots off – now immortalized at this famous location – though some are marked “Unknown”.

It’s not the only Boot Hill around – just the most famous. A place of graves and ghosts.

Boot Hill 1

Boot Hill 2

 The “Hill” has a nice little tourist shop.

Boot Hill 3

Rose reclining.

Plaques out front.

Boot Hill 5

Boot Hill 4

Tombstones

As cool and clear as an Arizona morning.

And quiet.

Boot Hill 7

Boot Hill 6

Boot Hill 10

Boot Hill 8

Boot Hill 14

Boot Hill 9

Boot Hill 12

Boot Hill 15

Boot Hill 13

Boot Hill 19

Boot Hill 16

Rose puts her boots on Les. I told her that wasn’t cool.

Boot Hill 17

Boot Hill 20

Boot Hill 21

Boot Hill 18

The End

Arizona Holiday … Day 1 revisited …

13 Apr

On the way to Sierra Verde …

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Our Sierra Vista home

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