iWARRIORWALK USA TOUR – STOP #15
SCHEDULED TO BE WALKED DAILY – SEPT 2 to SEPT 8, 2010
On Thursday, September 2, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours in the state of Arizona. I will continue to walk for 5 hours each day in Arizona until departing for Phase 4 of the 2010 iWarriorWalk USA Tour on Thursday, September 9, 2010.
The Arizona leg of the tour is GREAT:
- I got to sleep in my own bed.
- I didn’t have to do any driving.
- I’m getting a chance to catch up and do some of the final planning for Phase 4 of the tour.
HERE’S A VIDEO SHOWING A TYPICAL WALK TAKEN IN THE ARIZONA DESERT
As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to by clicking the button right below these words.
Rather than take new pictures, I’ve decided to post some of the better Arizona desert pictures I’ve taken over the past few months.
DOUBLE CLICK ON THE IMAGE THUMBNAILS TO VIEW FULL SIZE PICTURES
Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Arizona:
- Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912 – the 50th anniversary of Arizona’s recognition as a territory of the United States.
- Arizona is noted for its desert climate, exceptionally hot summers, and mild winters, however it also features pine forests and mountain ranges in the northern high country, with cooler weather than in the lower deserts.
- Arizona is home to one of the most well-preserved meteorite impact sites in the world. The Barringer Meteorite Crater (better known simply as “Meteor Crater”) is a gigantic hole in the middle of the high plains of the Colorado Plateau, about 25 miles (40 km) west of Winslow. A rim of smashed and jumbled boulders, some of them the size of small houses, rises 150 feet (46 m) above the level of the surrounding plain. The crater itself is nearly 1 mile (2 km) wide, and 570 feet (170 m) deep.
- Arizona is the sixth largest state in area, after New Mexico and before Nevada. Of the state’s 113,998 square miles (295,000 km2), approximately 15% is privately owned. The remaining area is public forest and park land, state trust land and Native American reservations.
- The Grand Canyon is a colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in northern Arizona. The canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is largely contained in the Grand Canyon National Park—one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of designating the Grand Canyon area, visiting on numerous occasions to hunt mountain lion and enjoy the scenery. The canyon was created by the Colorado River cutting a channel over millions of years, and is about 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6 to 29 km) and attains a depth of more than 1 mile (1.6 km). Nearly 2 billion years of the Earth’s history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut through layer after layer of sediment as the Colorado Plateaus have uplifted.
Next stop, Oklahoma.