Saturday, September 1, 2012

So....August is Busy, Too Busy, but still some small adventures

 So, This was on the drive home yesterday......and inspired this entire post, but more on that later.
 Derick is doing well and learning to drive at high speeds on these long, straight roads out here in the west.

 And Driving Past herds of Buffalo

 So, Life at home with a teenager/young adult is interesting.
 Trying different flavors and varieties of the Cereal that seems to be his major food group......
 and the Random placement of furniture on the sidewalk to our apt........
 But he has been working a lot and is exhausted most days......
 But such is life at Amangiri! Balloon flights at dawn,
 Always doing something special for the guest's children in their rooms
 And A lot more that I can's even show or talk about. This resort is truly amazing!
 But Derick and I usually average about one day off each week and we try to get out and explore, this week it was a trip to Flagstaff shopping and then a hike through Sunset Crater National Park

 With a trip to an ancient Native American home from the 1100's AD.

 I think I totally remember coming to this place before with my parents when I was young and had a very emotional response when I saw this angle, I think I fell down here as a kid or something. VERY strange Deja-vu experience.

 Of Course SOMEONE decided to go climbing

 And then had to come back down and do it again as he forgot his Camera.

 But either he has a Guardian Angel, or the Devil looks out for his own, but he survived without a scratch, or even a scrape.

 And Finally, yesterday, we had one of those really intense desert rainstorms that last for all of 20 minutes, but dump a ton of water in that time.
 At the Service building on the way home we saw the start of this double Rainbow between the Mesas that completely surround the resort.

 And on the Road home it was like we were driving right into the heart of the Rainbow.

 And I found out a surprising fact. I was taking home one of my Peruvian and one of my Romanian workers and BOTH of them knew about "the pot of god at the End of the Rainbow". And Leprechauns. Funny how that belief is world wide.
 Still, another beautiful ending to a wonderful day at Amangiri!
Have an Amazing Day everyone!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Road Trips and The North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Hi from Page AZ everyone!! Sorry it's been long between updates but Amangiri has been so super busy, and Derick And I have been working A Lot!
So, on our few days off we always seem to hit the Road to explore this amazing part of the country. The photos uploaded in a weird way so out of order it's going to be a bit of jumping around to explain them all, but, here goes!
Derick on the 4th of July trying to get firework photos..........neither of us succeeded however, though Page does put on a good show.
So, On Wednesday, we were both a little tired of 100F heat so we decided to head to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. at 8,000 to 10,000 ft above sea level, the temperatures dropped to the 70's F and it was just amazing to drive with the Windows down and no A/C!!

Ok, so before his mum kills me, let me just say that it looks a lot more dangerous than it really is in the next few photos............really nice trail to get to these vantage points, with only a little rock climbing at the end to get there.....

 Almost thinking of making this my new blog photo.
 Careful boy!!!
 Yeah, it's like sitting at the top of the world!

Ok, so this photo is of the Navajo Bridge in Marble Canyon AZ that you have to cross to get over to the GC North Rim. 

One of the beautiful meadows that line the road on the way to the rim at about 8,000 ft.
 Ok, and Now some of Derick at work in the Amangiri Pasty Kitchen. He has been doing both Breakfast and Pastry, and has done great a both, but the Head Pastry Chef has decided that Derick is good enough that they need him Full time in Pastry.
 He's learning a lot and is quite popular at the hotel. Knew he would fit in great here!

 And this is the view at the Top, of Bright Angel Canyon.

If you happen to be a Twitter follower of mine you got more pictures than these, right as we were there. How great is it that I could "tweet" right from one of the most beautiful and inspiring sights on the face of the Earth?

Well, Again sorry for the long Pause, more photos to come soon!
Have an Amazing Day!!