Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Onward From Flagstaff With Stile

After Flagstaff, we planned to go to the Arizona Snowbowl and ride the scenic chairlift (in the winter, the skilift). When we got there, it was closed for maintenance until September 15.

We traveled on and pulled in at a small park in the Coconino National Forest. It had a nature trail, the Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail. It is an easy hiking trail with signs that described the local forest and wildlife. The map below is from the USDA Forest Service brochure.

Most of the trees were Ponderosa Pine and Quaking Aspen. The local deer like to rub the velvet off of their antlers on the smaller trees, mostly the aspens. This damages the relatively thin bark of the aspens, often causing major wounds and sometimes killing the tree. To allow the aspens to recover, a grove of aspens were fenced off with a "deer proof" fence. There is a maintenance trail off of the loop which leads to this grove. The stile in the photograph below is where this maintenance trail crosses a fence.

We headed west on Interstate 40 to Williams, AZ, where we stopped for lunch in a Route 66 themed restaurant.

From Williams, we drove west on Interstate 40 through Kingman, then heading south on Arizona 95 to Lake Havasu, AZ. When we travel through Arizona, we always stop there. From the eastern shore, London Bridge crosses to an island. This is the real London Bridge. It was bought, disassembled and shipped from London, England, then reassembled here in the Arizona desert. Just across the bridge on the left is one of my wife's favorate restaurants for breakfast, the Makai Cafe. They have more versions of Eggs Benedict than anywhere else I have ever been.

For dinner, we stopped at Rosati's Pizza. We were greeted as old friends. The make a Chicago-style pizza that is out of this world! Yes, we know it is a chain restaurant, but we usually have dinner there because they are open much later than most other Lake Havasu restaurants.

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