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  1. #1
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    Default Mendocino- & Northern Arizona RoadTrip

    Its one of the most popularly discussed topics here. But I could not really find much.

    I am targeting for the President's day weekend(not too far, I know). Its not too far away from Bay area. My husband is interested in lighthouses & both of us share interest photography & hiking.
    If this happens, will be taking hwy 1 to Mendocino. I am interested in Cape Mendocino-west most point in US too! I checked, but looks like the skunk train is not up until April :-(
    Anything interesting/different?

    The weather says rain. Unless it is too heavy, it gives me good pics of the ocean!

    Any other options?

    Been to all other touristy places near bay area. Done with Tahoe, Death Valley, Yosemite, etc.


    hope to hear from you guys, soon.
    cool

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    Default The Other California Coast

    Actually, this section of the California coast doesn't get nearly as much attention as the southern coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles. And that's a good thing, because it doesn't get nearly as much traffic either. When I drove this road (too many years ago now) I was amazed at how few cars were using this incredibly beautiful stretch of highway. There are lots of little unmarked pull-offs with great views of sea stacks, arches and caves, in addition to the great state parks along the way such as Salt Point as well as Russian Gulch and Jug Handle State Reserve in the Mendocino area.

    Should the weather up north be too bad for this trip, one other place you might consider for a short excursion is Pinnacles National Monument east of Monterey and try the Carmel Valley Road (county road G-16) as an alternative way to get there. Both are extremely photogenic.

    AZBuck

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    Default

    Hi,
    I just realized you are from AZ. Apparently, my husband can take a day off! So, we will probably leave 16th afternoon around 4 ish. We plan to drive down to AZ. The problem is there is too much to see there.
    Options:
    -I have not been to Page/Glen canyon area.(I've heard there is so much to see & do in Page- Will Antelope canyon be open???)
    -Not been to Flagstaff/Sedona.

    Rather, we've been only to Grand Canyon 2 times.
    Plan to do a backpacking trip to Havasu falls later.

    For now, we are looking for a scenic drive, local hikes, different activities, National Parks etc.

    P.S: We are not party people..So, not interested in night life. Would prefer to count the stars rather than dine out!!!

    Also, yeah! we plan to start our drive back home on tuesday(20th afternoon). Its a long way I know, but doable I guess!!

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    Default Northern Arizona - Quick Trip

    With 4 days (counting the 16th and 20th as half days), you can explore a bit of northern Arizona that has much to offer someone looking for the things you say you are. I've previously posted a number of things to do in this area. To these you might add a tour of the Dryden Flight Research Facility at Edwards Air force Base or a stop at Lake Havasu City on the way to or from the Bay Area, or go slightly farther afield in Northern Arizona and visit Petrified Forest National Park.

    AZBuck

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    Default weather?

    How do you think the weather would be?

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    Default It's Just a Guess

    This far out, any weather prognosis is nothing more than a guess. On average (climate), daily temperatures range from the low 20s to upper 40s at that time of year in Flagstaff, with a fair chance of having at least one day with precipitation.

    AZBuck

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    Default Antelope Canyon

    We visited Lower Antelope Canyon in September, 2004.
    I believe Upper Antelope Canyon in the more
    popular canyon to visit.

    Antelope Canyon is an iconic photo location in the Southwest.

    I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Lower Antelope Canyon.
    Here's some information on the canyon.
    The website says that Lower AC will open on
    Feb. 7, 2007. I would suggest calling to get the latest information.

    At that time, it cost $18/person. That included a guide fee. The guide
    basically walked us about 100 yards to the entrance of the slot. After
    that we were on our own.

    The canyon at the surface appears to be a narrow slit in the ground.
    To enter the canyon, you climb down a ladder into the slot and into
    a different world.

    The best light for photography is probably between 11am and 2pm, when
    the sun is overhead. You need overhead light to reflect off the sides of
    the canyon which makes the sandstone glow.

    At the time we were there, it was uncrowded, and we were free to
    photograph to our hearts content. A tripod certainly helps for long
    exposures.

    My version of AC:



    Have a great trip.

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    Default Wow! Wow-wow! and Wow-wow-wow!

    Awesome images. I have to get there sometime soon.

    Thanks for sharing those photos!

    Mark

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    Default hmm...

    AZbuck,
    You are right! The visitor center at Flagstaff had the same answer, but she boosted my confidence saying I 40 is regularly plowed. I am more concerned with slick as we will have to do some driving at night too! The temp drops below freezing!
    roadie,
    amazing pics. I heard very similar comments abt the place too! But looks like I can spend more than a week in Page & the surrounding area. So, some other time.

    As of now, I have the following in mind:
    -London bridge @ lake havasu city(can I visit this place at night??- I'd be interested in some long exposure shots)
    -Walnut Canyon NM
    -at the corner, winslow
    -Petrified Forest NP
    -Canyon de chelly(if time permits, the jeep tour down the canyon too)
    -Wupatki NM
    -Sunset crater
    -some scenic drives around Sedona

    How much of it I can cover, I don't know. Just being on the positive side.
    Else, this always gives me a reason to do it again!!!

    :-)
    cool

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    Default Morning light is better

    Quote Originally Posted by cool View Post
    -London bridge @ lake havasu city(can I visit this place at night??- I'd be interested in some long exposure shots)
    I stayed over-night here last week to get some more photos for our London Bridge page (I will update it on the 18th) and I found the light to be quite excellent in the early morning -- night-time shots are problematic with the competing light from the businesses.

    Mark

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