Category Archives: Arizona

State of Dust Tracks: 2014 Edition

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Dust Tracks was founded (in its current form) on 24 March 2011. At the time, we were still living in Alaska, gearing up for our move back to the American southeast. I wanted to reboot my blog before this major … Continue reading

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AK2FL One Year Later: Arizona

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Five photographs from Arizona one-year-after the cross-continent summer trip of 2011. These photographs were originally processed with Apple’s Aperture application and have been heavily edited with Snapseed on the iPad for this post. Original live-blog posts from summer 2011 can … Continue reading

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2011 Begins Wrapping Up

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Good day! Yes, so I’ve been a bit inactive on Dust Tracks this past week, partially because of the Holidays and partially because of iNaturalist and Project Noah. I’ve certainly been busy playing with these two sites, checking out what … Continue reading

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The June 2011 Drive from Alaska to Florida

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In June of 2011, I drove solo from Anchorage, Alaska to Mt. Dora, Florida, taking the long way and cutting south through Utah and Arizona before finally heading east. I drove 7221 miles in 15 days in my beloved 1998 … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 5150: Painted Desert National Park, Arizona

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12 June 2011 @ 7:42 pm MDT (5150 miles). Note: This post and the prior (“Petrified Forest”) were begun at 7:42 pm, 5150 miles, as I concluded my tour of the park couplet; however, these posts were not completed until … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 5150: Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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12 June 2011 @ 7:42 pm MDT (5150 miles). Note: This post and the next (“The Painted Desert”) were begun at 7:42 pm, 5150 miles, as I concluded my tour of the park couplet; however, these posts were not completed … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 5035: Meteor Crater, Arizona

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12 June 2011 @ 4:09 pm MDT (5035 miles). 50,000 years ago an iron-nickel meteorite approximately 150 feet across slammed into the coconino sandstone bed of central Arizona at speeds of up to 26,000 miles per hour. The resulting impact … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 4960: Doney Mountain, Volcano!

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12 June 2011 @ 11:57 am MDT (4960 miles). I just climbed one of the four cones of Doney Mountain, a remnant volcano that ceased erupting 30,000 years ago. From atop the volcano cone you’ve got a stellar view of … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 4953: Desert Patch-Nosed Snake, Salvadora hexalepis hexalepis

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12 June 2011 @ 11:08 am MDT (4953 miles). I pulled up to my next stop, the Wukoki Ruins (dating back to 1120-1210), and immediately found a Desert patch-nosed snake, Salvadora hexalepis. I was even able to catch the little … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 4950: Wupatki National Monument: Wupatki Ruins

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12 June 2011 @ 10:17 am MDT (4950 miles). Located just west of the Navajo Reservation, the Wupatki Ruins is actually only one of many ruins in the area. It is, however, the most impressive — and hence the National … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 4943: Strawberry Crater Wilderness in the Coconino National Forest

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12 June 2011 @ 9:57 am MDT (4943 miles). Geez, I need to find 3G soon. These posts are starting to really pile up! Okay, so I’m heading north/east on the US/AZ-89 Loop Road that goes from Sunset Crater (on … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 4934: Sunset Crater National Monument

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12 June 2011 @ 9:24 am MDT (4934 miles). Just spent some time playing around the Bonito Lava Flow just west of Sunset Crater. It’s pretty awesome, this landscape. Sunset Crater is a part of the San Francisco volcanic system … Continue reading

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Day 13, Mile 4929: Welcome to Day 13!

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12 June 2011 @ 8:02 am MDT (4929 miles). Good morning! So, yesterday was a bit of a bust with my EPIC FAIL. At least it ended with an epic fail. It certainly didn’t start out that way. Hell, you … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4798: The Navajo Bridge and the Colorado River

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11 June 2011 @ 6:34 pm MDT (4798 miles). A quick post to make myself feel better for having been such a jackass with the Vermilion Cliffs confusion: This is the Navajo Bridge crossing the Colorado River — the same … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4794: Welcome to Vermilion Cliffs! And Prepare to Cry.

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11 June 2011 @ 6:03 pm MDT (4794 miles). Okay, so I’ve been looking forward to visiting Vermilion Cliffs for a long, long time. They apparently have some incredible rock formations: patterns, textures, stuff like that. Eye candy. Nikon candy. … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4758: Tumbleweed!

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11 June 2011 @ 4:59 pm MDT (4758 miles). Tumbleweed! Sweet Merciful Agnar, it’s tumbleweed! Several have blown across the highway in front of me, though I have to admit this photo was staged, sort of. I pulled over, grabbed … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4750: Kaibob National Forest

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11 June 2011 @ 4:45 pm MDT (4750 miles). I’ve just cleared the Kaibab National Forest. It’s a remarkable little area. It’s sort of like a natural border or DMZ between the main bulk of Arizona and those thugs up … Continue reading

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Day 12, Mile 4706: Welcome to Arizona!

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11 June 2011 @ 4:16 pm MDT (4706 miles). Welcome to Arizona, y’all! We’re here! But I have to admit, the Arizona state line sign is a bit underwhelming. You know? It’s just sort of, oh, I don’t know… boring. … Continue reading

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June 2011: The Plan

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On 01 June 2011, I leave Anchorage and begin my two and a half week road trip to Florida, where I’ll meet up with Mumpower and Kid A at my folks’ house in Lake County. They’re flying separately to Florida, … Continue reading

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