After a brief rainstorm, I was leaving the Buffalo Park area of Flagstaff, when a beautiful rainbow appeared. After about 10 to 15 minutes it faded and left me with this awesome Arizona sunset to enjoy with its magnificent colors. Flagstaff is a wonderful small city in Northern Arizona. Although it is only a short 45minutes up the canyon from Sedona in Coconino County, its weather and climate are very different than red rock country. Its elevation is 7000 feet, even though it has many ecosystems within a short drive from it. The city, which is named after a pine flagpole that was used to help celebrate the United States centennial on July 4, 1876. Flagstaff is next to Mount Elden, and south of the San Francisco Peaks; which is the highest mountain range in Arizona. Flagstaff is wonderful in all 4 seasons, although fall is my favorite. When the colors change in Flagstaff, especially around Snow Bowl or the San Francisco peaks, you are in for beauty! As the Aspens shimmer in the wind, and yellow is in the air. The city is also home to Lowell Observatory, with its’ great nighttime skies. In fact, Pluto was discovered using one of the telescopes at Lowell Observatory, and Pluto’s satellite was discovered using the United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff station. Flagstaff has a youthful feel, with many active residents and students, as NAU, a major 4 year University is there. The outdoors call you in Flagstaff, as there are many outdoor hiking, running, and biking trails. In addition, there is great skiing in winter at Snow bowl among the Aspens if you like downhill, and numerous spots for cross country as well. Flagstaff is real popular with tourists as well being very close to the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Meteor Crater, and historic Route 66.
January 17th, 2013
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