||[May. 3rd, 2011|11:34 pm]
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gaskets
Just got back from Seattle, more tomorrow, but in the meantime, I've a friend who decided about four days ago that she needs to see the Southwest, starting in a week, for 10-12 days, but hasn't yet decided what all she wants to see. They're boycotting Arizona for political reasons. She has some mild mobility issues, requiring her to walk with canes at least some of the time.|
With those thoughts in mind, and considering that this is a one-time deal, where would you recommend she goes?
In rough order of priority, per state, with states in priority, my suggestions are:
Utah: Zion, Bryce, Arches, Goblin Valley, Great Salt Lake, Salt Flats, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges, Lake Powell.
New Mexico: Chaco Canyon, Bandolier, Carlsbad, Santa Fe old town.
Colorado: Sand Dunes, Mount Evans, Garden Of The Gods, Ouray, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison
Nevada: Carson City/Tahoe.
Trinity! you can't get that close (except two days a year), but still.
They/we talked about that but the day in question doesn't overlap their visit time. It'd still be pretty cool to go to that area, though.
2011-05-04 06:34 am (UTC)
Is Roden Crater still politically under the jurisdiction of Arizona? Sadness. :(
I *know* -- Arizona has several really cool things, so I think they're missing out. (and there was arguing because *I* think Utah has more issues with which they take offense than Arizona, but Arizona is louder about theirs.)
Way off the beaten track and I love it: Cathedral Gulch, Nevada.
But it comes in behind all of Utah.
Edited at 2011-05-04 09:15 am (UTC)
HAHAHA! Boycotted Arizona for political reasons but would still consider visiting Utah?
That's a good one.
Yeah, I know. I think Utah has a significantly worse record on a number of issues that they're far more interested in and potentially affected by. We're still haggling over that. But Utah is obligatory for a southwest visit.
"Utah is obligatory" .. couldn't have said it better myself.
and I went to the new mexico ice cave and thought it was awesome. However, it's a Whole Lot Of Stairs, and she can't do that.
Not just immigration: they've been inching closer and closer to investigating miscarriages as manslaughter, among other issues.
When I moved from California the only thing I bought in Utah was gasoline, and it was the place I didn't pick up my dog's poop.
LOVE Ouray and especially Orvis hot springs (technically a nudist resort).
LOVE Zion and Arches...
Totally and utterly.
I've never yet been to orvis. One of these days... (Almost all hot springs are nudist resorts if you're sneaky...)
Oh, poo! I missed you! Please to be making more noise the next time you come through in the apparently likely event that I don't put you in my Outlook calendar.
I'm sorry! Flat-out ran out of time. I will be back: I've already promised to a couple other people. I still owe you a huge bag of LED's for playing around with electronics games/teaching with your young one.
You missed Mesa Verde in your list. I seem to recall the barriers to access there are minimal (but not non-existent). Another vote for the Ouray area too.
I thought Chaco was so much more accessible and covered much the same territory. There are a bunch of this-or-that balances (Pikes Peak or Mount Evans? Rocky Mountain National Park or Ouray?) that I ended up deciding "see this one, skip the other." But that does remind me of Colorado National Monument, which I should add to the desert-and-rock section, because it's arguably sufficiently different from bryce/zion/arches to make it worth its own look-through.
If your friend can be persuaded to draw a distinction between Navajo country and the actual state of Arizona (it's more than a semantic distinction, but folks outside the state may not see it that way) Canyon De Chelly is worth seeing.
In fact, it's more than worth seeing.
A drive along the rim overlooks or a jeep tour of the canyon itself would likely be accessible, though there are some stairs down to some of the observation platforms.
I've yet to visit, so I didn't know. I'll add it to the list.
2011-05-08 02:04 am (UTC)
My favoite Colorado town
Leadville - Scenic and historic. I like watching crazy kayakers in Pine Creek canyon on the way to Salida, which is another good place to watch kayakers, and is a great place to spend the 4th. She might really enjoy the Durango-Silverton railway if she goes to Ouray, but I'd do Salida and a raft down Brown's Canyon if the Royal Gorge is too too. Gotta check out Taos Box canyon bridge on the way to Santa Fe where you should really go to Tomasita's for the mexican steak platter. Don't miss the drive up to Los Alamos for a visit to the Bradbury museum; then it's just a couple hours to Albuquerque for the balloon museum (check out the Joseph Kittenger display) and the Nuclear museum down by Sandia.
I thought about suggesting Leadville -- hey, we've two houses up there for them to stay in -- but I know I'm intolerably biased.
There's a lot of neat stuff on Los Alamos. I do absolutely love it there.
The art scene in Salida is superb.
I'll forward this to her.
(Balloon museum in Albuquerque? I had no idea!)