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Gallery: 10 Things to Love About Adventure in Arizona

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Today Arizona celebrates 100 years of statehood. Most states in the union have already celebrated the centennial mark, only Hawaii and Alaska have yet to hit 100 years — Arizona was the last of the 48 contiguous to be admitted.  As a state, Arizona is young, but it's been here a long time before the Pilgrims were setting up shop in Plymouth. The people of the Territory tried to become a state for some 50 years, but the folks in Washington D.C. resisted. Arizona,they claimed, was full of rough, unsavory, disreputable folk. But who's to say they were wrong?

If you're a personal friend of mine, you've heard this next part a hundred times. When I was in college, at a little place in Virginia where I only lasted one semester, you wouldn't believe how many of my classmates

  1. Didn't know Arizona was a state
  2. Assumed Arizona neighbored Hawaii
  3. Thought we got around on camels

These are true misconceptions I experienced first hand by well meaning Confederacy supporters, er, Southerners. At a party one night, for example, a cute brunette from North Carolina asked me straight to my face, "Yer from Arizona? Is that where y'all git 'round on camels 'n stuff? What's it like to live with all them sand dunes around?" Ah, the lucid thoughts of a college freshman with all the education a high school diploma assumes.

I was born in Arizona in 1976 and learned to ride a bike, drive a car, kiss a girl, rig a belay, pack a backpack, mount a horse, winch a Jeep, get a job, paddle a kayak, leap into a swimming hole all right here in this fine state. Indeed, the conception of my own daughter took place in a cozy tent under a moonless sky out there in the Bradshaws. I have yet to explore it all, but I'm trying. And if there's anything I've learned, Arizona has just about everything to give you your fix. Here are 10 of 'em as seen through my camera.

1. Trees

Tree swing in Arizona

2. Wildflowers

Wildflowers in arizona, blue lupine and cactus

3. Cactus

sunset with cactus in arizona

4. Snow

Snow in arizona

5. Dirt Roads

Dirt roads in Arizona

6. Local Music

Roger Clyne plays music about Arizona

7. Local beer

8. Canyons

Canyoneering in arizona with the family, sandstone, slot canyon

9. Rocks

Cochise stronghold in arizona

10. Rivers

Colorado River, Grand Canyon Arizona

11. Honorable Mention. Arizona State Cheerleaders.

Arizona sun devils

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Traci Lehman
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# Traci Lehman 2012-02-14 09:26
Beautiful post! My family and I visited Northern Arizona and Phoenix last year. Love it!
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BDH
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# BDH 2012-02-14 12:44
hey what beer is that????
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Mark
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# Mark 2012-02-14 14:54
That's a fine specimen of Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale. The cap is, of course, the Arizona state flag.

oakcreekbrew.com/.../home.php
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BDH
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# BDH 2012-02-14 12:51
Sorry for got to add great pics too!!!
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kate
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# kate 2012-02-14 13:07
GREAAAAAT POST! We also totally love RCPM! Haven't been to the concert in Rocky Point in a long time but would love to go soon. If we ever meet maybe we can caravan down with the kids.
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Chris Shontz
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# Chris Shontz 2012-02-14 15:01
I have never been to Arizona, which would make sense, as I have never been beyond the continental 47 states.

Great post, Mark. Loved the part about the trees. I'm going to have to make the boat-ride and visit AZ one of these days.
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Mark
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# Mark 2012-02-15 09:59
You can see Russia from Arizona, too.
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Tracy Burns
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# Tracy Burns 2012-02-14 15:17
Wow those photos certainly do a great job of selling Arizona. Love the ones of your daughter swinging from the trees and the cheer leaders.
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Mark
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# Mark 2012-02-15 10:02
Thanks Tracy.
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Aaron
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# Aaron 2012-02-14 21:29
Great post and pics! All ten are things high on my list. I must admit I didn't know much about Arizona before moving here, and I am so glad I did! I too miss seeing RCPM in Puerto! First time I heard them was at their Puerto concert!
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Aimee Rose
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# Aimee Rose 2012-02-15 19:18
Ok, where is #5- that looks like it could have some awesome climbing! I lived in Flagstaff for 10 years, but I don't know where that is.
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Mark
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# Mark 2012-02-16 15:38
Ah ha, great catch. Don't know if it's been climbed or not, but it's certainly a few pitches. It's off of Battle Axe Road just west of Highway 77 a few miles. South of Superior, AZ.
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