August 25, 2014

ARIZONA : SONORAN DESERT - Saguaro National Park

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Serene Sunset in Saguaro National Park - West Unit

Saguaro National Park

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The park is divided into two sections, called districts, lying approximately 20 miles (32 km) east and 15 miles (24 km) west of the center of the city of Tucson, Arizona. The total area in 2011 was 91,442 acres (37,005 ha) of which 70,905 acres (28,694 ha) is designated wilderness. There is a visitor center in each of the two districts. Both are easily reached by car from Tucson, but there is no public transport into the park. Both districts conserve fine tracts of the Sonoran Desert, including ranges of significant hills, the Tucson Mountains in the west and the Rincon Mountains in the east. The park gets its name from the saguaro, a large cactus which is native to the region. Many other kinds of cactus, including barrel, cholla, and prickly pear, are abundant in the park. One endangered animal, the Lesser Long-nosed Bat, lives in the park part of the year during its migration, together with one threatened species, the Mexican Spotted Owl.

Saguaro National Monument was created on March 1, 1933 by President Herbert Hoover. On October 14, 1994, Congress elevated Saguaro to National Park status.

Facilities in the park include 150 miles (240 km) of well marked and maintained hiking trails, and shorter walking trails with interpretative information available. Backcountry hiking is not advisable during the hot summer months.

Rincon Mountain District : East Unit
3693 South Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, AZ 85730-5601
Tucson Mountain District : West Unit
2700 North Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743

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August 16, 2014

NAVAJO NATION : Self Portrait - Monument Valley

Monument Valley
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Self Portrait - Monument Valley Mittens at Sunset 

The Mittens

East and West Mitten Buttes are two distinctive geological features found within Monument Valley in northeast Navajo County, Arizona. The two buttes are about 0.6 mile from the Arizona?Utah state line and West Mitten Butte is 1.1 miles (1.8 km) northeast of the park headquarters. The summit of West Mitten Butte is 6,176 feet (1,882 m) in elevation and East Mitten Butte is 6,226 feet (1,898 m). The two form a triangle with Merrick's Butte about 2/3 of a mile to the south.

The buttes are made of three principal rock layers. The lowest layer is Organ Rock Shale, the middle is de Chelly Sandstone, and the top layer is the Moenkopi Formation capped by Shinarump Conglomerate. The buttes are also part of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

Merrick's Butte or Merrick Butte is a butte located in Monument Valley in extreme northeast Navajo County, Arizona. It is located 1.4 miles (2.3 km) east of the monument headquarters and 1.25 miles (2.01 km) south of the Arizona? Utah state line. It is part of the Monument Valley Najavo Tribal Park and is similar to its neighbors West and East Mitten Buttes just to the north.

Monument Valley Najavo Tribal Park



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August 11, 2014

UTAH : Salt Lake Assembly Hall - Salt Lake City


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A mirror reflects Salt Lake Assembly Hall at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Salt Lake Assembly Hall

The Salt Lake Assembly Hall is one of the buildings owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the southwest corner of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has seating capacity for an audience of approximately 1,400 people.

Panorama from South Temple Street taken in 1912 (Wikipedia)
The Salt Lake Assembly Hall is a Victorian Gothic congregation hall. Rough granite walls are laid out in cruciform style making the hall's exterior look like a small gothic cathedral. Twenty-four spires mark the perimeter of the building's footprint and a tower rises from the intersection of the floor plan's apparent crucifix. The cruciform layout is complemented by Stars of David circumscribed high above each entrance. These symbolize an LDS perception that they are a re-gathering of Biblical Tribes of Israel.

However, the deceptively gothic exterior conceals a more modern interior lacking vaulted ceilings.

Although built of quartz monzonite rock from the same quarry as the Salt Lake City Temple, the Assembly Hall's unhewn exterior looks much different. The stones for the Assembly Hall were not cut as exactingly as the Temple's. This accounts for the building's dark, rough texture and the broader masonry joints between stones.

Seagull Monument sits directly in front of the building to the east.

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Salt Lake City International Airport is the fourth largest and westernmost hub for Delta Air Lines.  We have been many National Parks in the Southwest of the U.S. through this airport. Then we'd like to explore in this town for a few days.

Salt Lake Assembly Hall
Temple Square
50 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150

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