Entries tagged with “Arizona” from Hawk Talk - Guthrie

   My last few days in Arizona were spent visiting some cool places. First we went to Sedona, AZ. Sedona is nothing more than a national park and a tourist attraction.  Sedona is a scenic part of Arizona with red rock plateaus as in every direction. We went on a desert jeep tour, which was pretty interesting. We went on the ‘extreme adrenaline rush’ jeep tour.  Which I thought would be full of fast jumps and risky turns. But unfortunately it was just a really rocky trail that made a very bumpy ride. Overall it was fun and the sights were pretty amazing. I’ll try and post up some pictures.

The next place we went was the Grand Canyon. If you ever get the chance to see the Grand Canyon, don’t miss out. This was the single most amazing place we went to on our vacation. We started out by taking a helicopter tour over the canyon. This was fun because it was the first time I was on a helicopter. I will never forget when the helicopter first flew above the south rim of the Grand Canyon. However, the tickets for this ride were close to $200 a piece, so I probably would skip this. It’s amazing enough just to drive in, walk to the edge, grab onto the rail and look down over the canyon. It’s just as breath taking without the helicopter. I’ll try and post some pictures, but I know that they won’t do the sight justice; you really need to see it for yourself.

The thing no one tells you about Arizona is that everything is at least two hours away. The trip was a lot of fun but there was a lot of driving involved. We finished off out trip by eating dinner at the Hard Rock Café in Phoenix. I had a great time but the schoolwork I missed is already catching up on me. I spent most of my day working on it and barely made a dent. The next few weeks are going to be really tough, but summer is right around the corner...

Here are a couple pictures of Sedona, AZ.

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and here are some pics of the Grand Canyon.

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This last one is a view of the Grand Canyon from the helicopter.

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This week I am on vacation with my girlfriend and her parents. We left Boston Saturday morning and flew into Dallas/Fort Worth. We switched planes in Dallas and flew into Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. We got here early in the afternoon, but keep in mind; Phoenix is three hours behind Boston. Exhausted from travelling, we all fell asleep shortly after settling into our room. The jet lag really took effect when I woke up at 4AM Sunday morning. This is because I am used to waking up at 7:00 in the morning every day.

Even though it is in the middle of the desert, Phoenix is beautiful. There are a lot of palm trees and grass that people have planted. But anywhere outside of town is nothing but sand and rocks. Every way you look you can see mountains. Unlike mountains in New England, these mountains are bare and much steeper. Besides the mountains the land is mostly flat.

So far everyday has been in the high 80’s without a cloud in the sky. We went to Tombstone, AZ on Monday. Tombstone is an old mining/ cowboy town that turned into a tourist trap. We saw some fake gunfights and took a tour of the town. It was kind of corny but also fun. We plan on going to the Grand Canyon on Thursday. This is the part of the vacation that I am the most excited about. I’ll write about it next weekend when I get back.

Next Saturday I am flying out to Phoenix AZ for a week of vacation. My girlfriend’s parents have a timeshare, so they offered to bring us with them. I have been to Arizona before, but I was really young and I don’t really remember it.  Unfortunately though, the world doesn’t stop spinning when I go on vacation. I am going to have to make up a lot of work when I get back.

Luckily, there is no class on Monday or Friday this week. So there will not be a lot of work assigned. This means I will not have to pass in a lab report next week, and it also only gives some of my teacher’s one class to assign homework’s or announce tests. Typically tests are announced at least one week in advance. However, I will be missing one test next week, as well as three lab dates. I have a friend covering the lab that I instruct, but I will need to make up a couple of the lab sessions I miss.

The good news is that I have developed a good relationship with my professors over the years, so I don’t think they will have any problems with me making up the work.  Even though the work load will be heavy when I get back, I think overall the trip will be worth it. I am really excited to go to Phoenix and stay on a resort. I can’t wait to see the Grand Canyon! I will let you know how things go when I get to AZ.

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