Pixels and Perspectives is a photo blog created and maintained by Jack Schaller. Jack is a gadfly cultural philosopher and photographer who lives in the vicinity of Philadelphia, PA, in the USA , and travels the world to experience different cultures and appreciate the diversity of human existence. He also tries to capture the essence of his native city on occasional photographic adventures throughout the region.

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  1. Hello Jack: Responding to your query about what to see/do while visiting the Phoenix/Verde Valley area.
    I’m about an hour north of Phoenix. When in Phoenix my two favorite places are the Heard Museum, http://heard.org/?doing_wp_cron=1442878929.8189299106597900390625, and the Desert Botanical Gardens, https://www.dbg.org/.

    Coming up 117 North into the Verde Valley and some of my favorite places are the V Bar V Ranch. Around the Rimrock Exit. http://archive.azcentral.com/travel/arizona/sedona/articles/2009/04/01/20090401vbarv0403.html. Some of the best petrogliphs and pictographs in the area. In Sedona proper, it’s hiking time. Chicken Point, Cathedral Rock, The Bell Rock Loop…there really isn’t a bad hike in Sedona. Up the Canyon is West Fork which is a real favorite and gorgeous. BUT…since the fire there is a log jam in the higher elevations which has cut the creek flow down substantially. It has changed the WOW of hiking West Fork. While there is talk of the Forest Service clearing it, nothing so far. If you are feeling like some real wilderness hiking go for Secret Canyon. You can stop at the Forest Service Office on the right hand side of the road as you come into the Village of Oak Creek and get mapping for all of the trails. Or their website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino/. A slow drive up Schnebbly HIll is a must. This is rental car abuse but doable. Photos well worth it. And a ride up Oak Creek Canyon kind of mandatory. Jerome is a hoot. https://www.google.com/search?q=jerome+az&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8The Anderson Gallery on the right hand side as you climb the hill is located in the old school and is not just a world class gallery, but the other buildings on the property have artists studios and they are often open to the public and extremely interesting to spend time in. Jerome has lots of good food and drink, the Haunted Hamburger and the Grand Hotel are my favorites to eat, wonderful shops, and the best junk yard called The Gold King Mine.

    That should give you some ideas to ponder! Spring here is beautiful. All my best to you!

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