Monday, July 18, 2011
Flagstaff Fest 2011
Travel plans to Mexico fell through, so Brittney and I decided Flagstaff would make a great weekend getaway. One of my goals for 2011 was to make the extra effort to visit some of Arizona's famous landmarks and spend more time in the towns I have passed traveling through the state. This trip would provide an opportunity to do just that, and it turned out to be better than expected.
Arriving at Buffalo Park around 10:30am on Saturday, we unloaded the mountain bikes, packed our camelbacks for the day's ride, snapped a few photos, and headed off into the hills. After riding trails for a while, we took a more leisurely approach back into town by way of bike path, by this time the two of us were ready for lunch.
Flagstaff is such an interesting town, a crossroads to the West so to speak with a cast of characters unlike anywhere else I've been. There is definitely a little something for everyone here; history, art, music, culture, and of course, endless outdoor recreation for all seasons. We truly immersed ourselves downtown this weekend, and took in the best of what this place has to offer. The hotel Monte Vista is a fun hang out at night, especially to see some live music. The Weatherford hotel is very inviting, they have a great restaurant with excellent service, and pictures and artifacts that will certainly take you back in time.
The highlight of the trip may have been our visit to the Walnut Canyon National Monument just a few miles east of town off Interstate 40. I didn't know much about the site, other than that it holds NM status, so I figured it would have some significance to the state. To our surprise this place was fascinating, basically it's a canyon with tiered walls where natives built their homes underneath the rock overhangs. There is now a path which takes you through these well preserved villages for an up close and personal view of the ancient dwellings.