Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Are you on vacation or got a day off from work and are looking for something cool to do?

Experience a spectacular limestone cavern found in Southeastern Arizona that boasts world-class features. Located about 10 miles south of Benson, AZ, this "live" cave known as Kartchner Caverns, discovered in 1974, is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations.

A great place to visit on a hot and dry Arizona Summer day, the cave has an average temperature of 72° Fahrenheit (22° Celsius) and 99% humidity year-round. Water percolates from the surfaces and calcite formations (speleothems) continue to grow, including stalactites dripping down like icicles and giant stalagmites reaching up from the ground.

Tour guides will unveil this fascinating underground landscape during a memorable 1½ hour tour.

Source: Arizona State Parks

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monument Valley

Found on the Navajo Indian reservation located on the Arizona/Utah border, you are experiencing one of the most majestic - and most photographed - points on earth, Monument Valley.

This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. Framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.

The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley.

All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience.

Monument Valley from Ken Sklute on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Phoenix College Lady Bears

Who's some of the best women softball players you've probably never heard of? That would be the Phoenix College Lady Bears who are consistently regarded as some of the best women softball players in the country.

Phoenix College beat No.1-ranked and defending national champion LSU-Eunice twice on Saturday in Clinton, MS, capturing its ninth National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Softball World Series championship in school history, and it's eighth under the direction of current head coach Heinz Mueller. Congratulations on both your individual and team accomplishments ladies!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Inside The Overpass

Maybe keeping idle hands busy is the best answer to the increasing Graffiti problem in Arizona.

Juan Rocha thrived on the thrill of tagging and the recognition that came with it. Now, he has traded his spray paint for a brush and works with the Tucson Arts Brigade. The organization will unveil their latest mural, "Inside the Overpass" on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Hat Tip: Tucson Sentinel

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It's predicted to be close to 100 degrees in the Valley for Cinco de Mayo. Why not enjoy the holiday at Tlaquepaque in the cool mountains of Sedona this weekend?

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is back at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the pulsating sounds of traditional music, savory flavors, and colorful dance of Mexico in a fun-filled South of the Border celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Admission is free.