Mustangs Across America 2009 – Kingman, Arizona

April 21, 2010

For those of you who did not get Posting 17 or the attached video, here it is. The file size did not permit sending or receiving by email. Thanks to YouTube, I can post it for all to enjoy. Kingman, Arizona – at about 3400 feet above sea level, it is a small town spread far and wide and growing. Once a part of Nevada, Mohave County began attracting settlers in 1848 when the United States obtained the southwest by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. There was an influx of miners after the discovery of gold and many flooded the area in search of that mineral. Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beal, a Naval officer with the US Army Topographical Corps, was ordered to build a government-funded wagon road across the 35th Parallel, and look into the feasability of using camels as pack animals in the southwest desert. He traveled through the Kingman area in 1857 surveying the road and then again in 1859 to build the road which later became part of Route 66 and Highway (Interstate) 40. When he first arrived, he found many existing trails that criss-crossed the Kingman area used by Indians to traverse the vast distances. Kingman itself did not establish until 1882 when Lewis Kingman located the route of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad (later the Sante Fe and now the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad) through town between Needles and Albuquerque. The Colorado River and the railroad were and remain the backbones of the local economy. Route 66 in Arizona is one of the longest sections of “The

The Most Amazing Place in America

March 19, 2010

The Coconino National Forest is a 1.856-million acre (7,511 km²) United States National Forest located in northern Arizona in the vicinity of Flagstaff. Originally established in 1898 as the “San Francisco Mountains National Forest Reserve”, the area was designated a U.S. National Forest in 1908 when the San Francisco Mountains National Forest Reserve was merged with lands from other surrounding forest reserves to create the Coconino National Forest.

Today, the Coconino National Forest contains diverse landscapes, including deserts, ponderosa pine forests, flatlands, mesas, alpine tundra, and ancient volcanic peaks. The forest surrounds the towns of Sedona and Flagstaff and borders four other national forests; the Kaibab National Forest to the west and northwest, thePrescott National Forest to the southwest, the Tonto National Forest to the south, and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest to the southeast.

The forest contains all or parts of ten designated wilderness areas, including the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, which includes the summit of the San Francisco Peaks. The headquarters are in Flagstaff. There are local ranger district offices in Flagstaff, Happy Jack, and Sedona.

The Sequoia is one of nineteen National Forests in California. It takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world’s largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the forest’s lower slopes. The Sequoia’s landscape is as spectacular as its trees. Soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and more await your discovery at the Sierra Nevada’s southern end. Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the foothill region to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged high country, providing visitors with some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west. RECREATION The Sequoia National Forest offers a huge range of outdoor recreation activities. The trails offer hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The many developed campgrounds or dispersed areas provide the full range of camping experiences. The rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer boating, fishing, water-skiing, swimming, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. In the winter, the high elevations provide downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ATTRACTIONS Hikers, off-highway vehicle users, and horseback riders have over 1,500 miles of maintained roads, 1000 miles of abandoned roads, and 850 miles of trails in the forest available for their use and enjoyment. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which stretches 2,600 miles from Canada to Mexico, crosses the Sequoia National Forest for approximately 78 miles. The three National Recreation Trails in the forest are: Summit, Cannell Meadow, and Jackass Creek. Other points of interest on the forest include: Hume Lake, Chicago Stump, Cannell Meadow Station, Kern River, Kings River, Dome Rock and Needles. The Sequoia contains portions of six designated wilderness areas: Kiavah, Monarch, South Sierra, Dome Land, Jennie Lakes and Golden Trout. Specific winter activity areas accessible by highway are: Hume Lake Ranger District at Cherry Gap and Quail Flat; Tule River Ranger District in the vicinity of Quaking Aspen Campground; and Greenhorn Ranger District at Greenhorn Summit HISTORY The Sequoia National Forest received its name for the 39 groves of giant sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum, located within its boundaries. In 1847 a German botanist named Stephen Endlicher named the coastal redwood trees Sequoia sempervirens. He presumably was honoring the Cherokee Chief Sequoya or Sikwayi who invented a phonetic alphabet of 86 symbols for the Cherokee language. In 1854 a French botanist, Joseph Decaisne, applied the name to the giant sequoias, which are closely related to the coastal redwoods.

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Navajos Arizona America Navy Aviation French Print 1936

February 20, 2010

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Angel Flight Central (and Others) Threatened!

June 9, 2009

In one year alone, more than 35,000 people, many of them Hoosiers received needed medical attention thanks in part to a group called ‘Angel Flight Central’ and hundreds of volunteer pilots.

Now those same pilots say they could be grounded by new fees the Federal Aviation Administration wants congress to approve.

For Tonya Woods, Angel Flight Central was truly a godsend

The volunteer organization flew Woods to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota last October where she was diagnosed with rectal cancer and began lifesaving treatment.

“Without Angel Flights, a lot of people can’t get medical attention they need, and it’s real nice of the pilots. They fly with their own plane, with their own fuel.”

Pilots like Dan McElroy retired from Delta and donates his time and resources to help those in need.

But new ‘user fees’ proposed by the FAA may clip McElroy’s wings and those of other pilots under the umbrella of ‘General Aviation.’

That’s basically anyone who doesn’t fly for the airlines of the military.

“They want to tax us for tower use, for ground control use, if we want to call and get the weather to fly our airplane. They want to tax us for that. Every time we want to take off, they want to tax us. Every time we land, they want to tax us.”

McElroy says the current system of generating funds through fuel taxes is fairer, but he believes the airlines are looking for a way to shift their rising costs.

“With the increased burden of these user fees it will cut back to how many hours I can fly, how many people I can help. It will also cut back how much training I can do to stay current, and some people will get costed right out being able to fly.”

The proposed user fees could also mean big bills for future pilots like Clint Hill who will start aviation school at Indiana State in the fall.

“It’s already pretty pricey to go through the flight program at a college because you pay for the normal part of college and you also pay for flight training and everything, so to add even more would be pretty difficult.”

“I really hate if they don’t be here cause I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.”

Dan McElroy says he hopes people in Indiana and other states write to their congressmen and women and ask them not to support these new fees.

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