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Swiss “Jetman” flies over Grand Canyon

51-year-old Swiss “Jetman” Yves Rossy successfully flew over the Grand Canyon powered by a winged jet pack.

“My first flight in the U.S. is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon but the honor to fly in sacred Native American lands,” Rossy stated in a press release. “Thank you Mother Nature and the Hualapai Tribe for making my lifelong dreams come true.”

The Hualapai, a local Native American tribe, gave Rossy’s stunt their blessing.

Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 Chosen from Northern Arizona – Cutting Ceremony 11/7

capitol-christmas-tree-201x300CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE 2009 CUTTING CEREMONY

Springerville, Arizona (November 3, 2009)- The official United States Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from an area in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona on November 7, 2009.  A ceremony with White Mountain Apache Dancers, Apache blessing, choral music and Arizona’s official historian Marshall Trimble will commemorate the historic event.

Every year since 1970, a Christmas tree has been presented to the United States Congress from a national forest and is known as “The People’s Tree”. This year, for the first time, the tree will be a gift from Arizona. Placed in front of the Capitol building, Arizona’s Gift From The Grand Canyon State is an 85-foot Blue spruce selected from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.  Found in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona near Springerville, this beautiful tree is taller than a 7-story building. After the ceremonial tree cutting November 7th, the tree will travel throughout Arizona to 24 cities and towns including Payson, Prescott, Phoenix, Tucson, Lake Havusu City, and Williams for 10 days from November 10 – 19, 2009.  The tour continues across the nation where it is then presented to the United States Congress on November 30, 2009.  The iconic symbol of the holidays will be lit during a ceremony by the Speaker of the House, along with an Arizona schoolchild who has made an ornament for the tree.

The tree will travel on a double flatbed truck, escorted by a caravan of approximately 12 vechicles, a total of 3,000 miles in its three-week tour. Placed on its side, it will rest in a custom cradle that supports the branches, preventing damage and maintaining the tree’s perfect shape. The base of the tree will be fitted with a plastic bladder filled with fresh water nightly. The tree will absorb about 65 gallons of water each day throughout its trek to Washington, D.C.

Chris Knopp, Forest Supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests stated, providing a tree worthy of the U.S.Capitol lawn has been both a great responsibility and honor for us. This is a wonderful opportunity for Arizonans to showcase the states uniqueness, diversity and beauty.”

Finding the “perfect” tree is no easy task. Bechtol, who has selected the Capitol Christmas Tree for the last four years, explains some of the characteristics he looks for in a choice tree, “it has to have a straight trunk, dense branches, and an overall conical shape. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the tree will be viewed from every angle so it has to have an overall uniform appearance. In addition, the tree needs to be healthy enough to hold up during the long journey to Washington D.C.

Schoolchildren throughout Arizona have made more than 5,000 ornaments reflecting the theme of “Arizona’s Gift” to be placed on the iconic symbol. The ornaments collected have been as diverse as our state. Using natural materials from the Grand Canyon State such as copper to wild gourds found in the White Mountains, the creativity has been astounding. The handcrafted ornaments made for the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 are about 9 to 12 inches so that they are viewable on the 85-foot tree from a good distance. Another challenge was for students to craft ornaments that can withstand 3 weeks of harsh winter weather, which can include snow and rain. Many of the ornaments submitted are eco-sensitive and made from recyclable materials.

An additional 1,000 indoor ornaments will decorate 75 trees placed throughout federal buildings in the Capitol. These ornaments are smaller in size, ranging from 3 to 7 inches tall. Since these creations were crafted for indoor use, they could be more refined and delicate. Many of these ornaments were submitted by arts groups, clubs and service organizations. In fact, most ornaments used by offices throughout the Capitol Complex will become part of office Christmas ornament collections. A full-sized semi-truck will be needed to transport all the ornaments delivered to Washington, D.C.

Many Americans who have never traveled to Arizona might not realize that Arizona’s landscape is as diverse as our culture ranging from hot desert areas in Phoenix and Tucson to cool, snowy climates in areas like Flagstaff and the White Mountains. Arizona is known for being the home of the Grand Canyon, the magical red rock destination of Sedona, the infamous Route 66, Snowbowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff and other key desert destinations like Scottsdale and Tucson. The area the tree was selected from actually suits its name, “The White Mountains” because it is a dense, rich countryside of forest that is oftentimes covered in snow. Arizonans are proud to provide this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree and as the tree travels the country making its way to the Capitol, many people along the way will probably be asking, “Where did the tree come from again? Arizona?!”

Follow the tree from Northern Arizona all the way to Washington, D.C. with daily updates at http://www.CapitolChristmasTree2009.org/

WHAT: Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 Cutting Ceremony: Official cutting of the Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The 85-foot tree will tour Arizona and then be delivered to the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. on November 30, 2009.

WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 8:30 a.m. MST
Media access begins at 7:00 a.m.

WHERE: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest – Near Alpine, Arizona
Map and directions will be emailed on Wednesday, Nov. 4th

Summer Fun in Sedona – 10 Ways to Cool Off in Sedona this Summer

Whether you’re bringing the whole family, looking for a romantic getaway or an adventure in the red rocks, head to Sedona for cool nights and fun days! We’ve got 10 ways for you to beat the heat and COOL OFF in Sedona during this HOT summer. And remember, its always cooler up here! We’re averaging 95-100 degrees right now in the sun. Head up Oak Creek Canyon and it gets even cooler. If you’re hot, just jump in the creek or a lovely swimming pool at your hotel/resort of choice to cool off.

#1 Take a Jeep Tour!

Try a famous Pink Jeep Tour up Schnebly Hill Rd. for mind-blowing red rock vistas or climb red rock stairs on four wheels on the Broken Arrow Tour. Sign up for Pink Jeep’s e-newsletter at http://www.pinkjeep.com/ and you’ll receive insider info on deals, discounts and coupons to save money on their tours.

Want a real western experience? Hop on a Red Rock Jeep if you want to ride with the Cowboys & Indians of the real “out west.” You don’t have to wear your silver spurs or cowboy hat – just come ready to have fun!

#2 See the red rocks from above – there’s no better way to see Sedona!

Sky Safari Helicopter & Biplane Rides take you up above Sedona where you come literally come eye to eye with the highest peaks and the lowest valleys of our scenic Red Rock Country. You will be in awe the entire time. I’ve actually flown in a Red Rock Biplane and I really mean it when I say you haven’t seen Sedona ’til you’ve seen it from the sky!

#3 Rent a scooter and explore Sedona!
Sedona’s going green! Save gas, save money and save the environment. There’s is no Driver’s License required to ride an electric bicycle so this is fun for the entire family! If you want more speed there is no better way to enjoy the magnificent red rock scenery than on a Vetrix Maxi-Scooter. You’ll experience more on a Vetrix Maxi Scooter. It rides like a motorcycle with a top speed of 62mph, acceleration from 0 to 50 in just 6.8 seconds. Stop by The Electric Toy Store to take your pick of fun electric toys!
#4 Go WILD at Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Ride into the Serenghetti to feed giraffes, zebras, ostriches, wildebeests & more or enjoy their famous Tiger Splash show where the park’s prize tigers play with their Trainers jumping into the pool. You’ve never seen anything like it.
Pick up a free copy of Kudos – they usually have a coupon in there for $2 off admission.
#5 Tee off at one of the most spectacular golf courses in America, Oak Creek Country Club.
You’ll have a hard time keeping your eye on the ball golfing this magnificent award-winning course. When you’re done, enjoy lunch at Mulligan’s Grille on the Greene overlooking a beautiful pond. They’ve got “gourmet comfort food” that the locals rave about.
This par 72, 18 hole championship golf course was designed by the famous father and son team of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr., masterfully arranged in the grandeur of red rock splendor. The course consists of 145 acres, including three lakes.

#6 Head up Oak Creek Canyon to Slide Rock State Park & Grasshopper Point to cool off by Oak Creek.
Slide Rock State Park is by far one of Sedona’s most popular attractions. Who needs a water park when you can slip and slide down a natural red rock waterslide carved into Oak Creek? Do some cliff-diving into beautiful pools of water, sunbathe on a bed of red rocks. Ah, that is the life!
If you’re a little more adventurous, stop at Grasshopper Point and climb your way up to some brave and bold cliff-diving into a deep pool below.
When you’re done, cast out a line and fish for some fresh local trout creekside or at the Rainbow Trout Farm. At the Trout Farm, you’re guaranteed to catch one and then you can even cook it right then and there! The whole family can enjoy a picnic in this magical setting, tasting the fruits of your labor. Now that’s FRESH fish!
#7 Experience the Real “Out West”!
Go on a horseback ride through the real desert of Arizona and finish it off with an authentic cowboy cookout at a real working cattle ranch, M Diamond Ranch. Cowboys serenade you by starlight – this is one to write home about!
#8 1st Friday Evening at the Galleries
On the first Friday of every month, the Sedona Gallery Association hosts the “First Friday Evening in the Galleries” event with artists receptions, wine and hors deourves at Sedona’s finest art galleries. Mix and mingle with your favorite artists learning more about their inspiration and artistic process.
For more information go to http://www.sedonagalleryassociation.com/.
#9 Hike the Red Rocks!
Bell Rock Trail and West Fork Trail
I recommend you do this hike at sunset when it cools off and you can witness a spectacular Arizona sunset from the top of the bell. Wildflowers line Scenic Highway 179 leading to this easy hike where you’ll get up close and personal with one of Sedona’s most unique and well-known rock formations.
Our favorite Sedona hike is by far the Westfork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. About halfway up the Canyon to Flagstaff, this mellow little hike criss-crosses Oak Creek for a total of 11 miles. The first 3 are a great “out and back” as you walk at the bottom of towering red rock cliffs,
hopping stones to cross the creek back and forth, back and forth. Kick off your shoes and dip your feet in to cool off. If you’re more adventurous, continue past the 3 mile point and you’ll feel like you’re the only human on the planet discovering “The Call of the Canyon” for the very first time.
#10 Day Trips Around the State
Sedona is centrally located within driving distance to the Grand Canyon, Jerome, Prescott, Flagstaff, many ancient ruins, State Parks and historical landmarks. Pack up the car and travel to Montezuma’s Castle & Montezuma’s Well (30 min. from Sedona) to get a real sense of this region’s original settlers. Don’t miss the Grand Canyon (1.5-2 hrs from Sedona), of course, and on the way stop to explore the famous Route 66 through Flagstaff (30-45 min. from Sedona). Jerome (30 min. from Sedona) was once a booming copper-mining town, now its a quaint hillside town where you’ll discover unique art galleries, shops and restaurants like The Haunted Hamburger. Prescott or “Preskitt” as we locals call it was the original capitol of Arizona, home to plenty of Arizona history.

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