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Canyon Floats Amid Rare Cloud Inversion

December 3rd, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

 Rare cloud inversion over the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park visitors at Mather Point were greeted with a total  and rare cloud inversion on Friday. Cloud inversions are formed through the interaction of warm and cold air masses. (Photo by Erin Whittaker/National Park Service)

 

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Photo supplied from https://www.flickr.com/search/?w=50693818@N08&q=inversion

 

A group of fortunate Grand Canyon visitors and employees were treated to a rare sight this weekend — twice. On Friday and Sunday, the park’s redrock cliffs could be seen rising out of a sea of fog that occupied the inner reaches of the Canyon. The sky above was blue at times, amplifying the effect. Photos posted to the park’s Facebook page quickly went viral on the web. 

The phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion.

And the National Weather Service says it’s a textbook example of how the atmosphere behaves like a liquid. At night, the cold front of clouds falls into the lowest terrain around, the Grand Canyon. As the temperature warms through the day, the clouds push out east, up the Grand Staircase and across the Navajo Nation.

“We get areas of fog, but to have something this widespread and prolonged is pretty rare,” said Megan Schwitzer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bellemont. “It’s not something that happens every year or even every other year.”

But not everyone was happy at the South Rim. According to National Park Service Ranger Erin Whittaker, some visitors actually complained about the clouds. Others rushed to the rim when they heard about the rare cloud inversion.

“Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all,” she said.

Whittaker said she had waited five years herself to spot the phenomenon. And it was just in the nick of time. Whittaker started her three-month annual furlough on Monday — the day that her photos for the Park Service appeared on worldwide media sites.

More information about the event can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-rare-weather-event-clouds-fill-grand-canyon/2013/12/05/0742b0ce-5d4a-11e3-bc56-c6ca94801fac_gallery.html

 

Northern Arizona Christmas Mountain Village Holiday

November 22nd, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

A Northern Arizona Christmas Mountain Village Holiday.

Saturday, November 30 kicks off the 2013 Christmas season in the great little mountain town sultana theater; mountain village holiday

of Williams, AZ. It starts with the 10th Annual Mountain Village Holiday Craft Show at the World Famous Sultana Theatre. The craft show is available from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The theatre is located @ 301 W Rte 66. There will be over 35 vendors with a wonderful variety of those special gifts you seek for the Holiday Season and other occasions as well. Angel, with Simply Angelic Photography will be there to take pictures of your children or the whole family. She will have 4×6 and 5×7 prints available to take with you right away.

 

This is a fundraiser for the SAVE-MTR (Meant To Rescue) Animal Facility in Williams. All proceeds from the vendors’ rent and your donations go to the animals. Buy your special gifts, have your picture taken and help SAVE-MTR at the same time. Have dinner at one of the fine restaurants is town and then, starting @ 6:30 pm, join the community for the Mountain Village Holiday, Parade of Lights and Official Tree Lighting Ceremony event. This annual colorful light parade is a holiday favorite as it proceeds down historic Route 66. Enjoy the official Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately following the parade.

 

El Tovar guest room; mountain village holiday

 

The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce adorns the city with lights, wreaths and ornaments. ”Christmas lights, there’s just something very nostalgic about them,” she said. “I think a lot of people respond to that nostalgia of Christmas and the holidays and the lights.”The chamber is also putting on a residential and commercial lighting contest. This year’s theme is “All I want for Christmas is…”

Spend November 29th and 30th in one of the guest rooms or family suites at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast as you start your Christmas season in Williams, AZ.

Experience a Grand Canyon Winter

December 28th, 2012 by Del & Sheryl Terry

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Snowy view from the South Rim

Experience a Grand Canyon winter and enjoy this Northern Arizona natural wonder.

 

Most people think of Arizona and envision desert landscapes complete with saguaro cactus and hot temperatures, but our Grand Canyon State is full of surprises.  What better way to treat yourselves to a very special Arizona vacation than to visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World this fall and winter and experience a different side of Grand Canyon, one that many people don’t even realize exists!

 

 

 

 

The snow has begun to fall in Northern Arizona, making this a great time to experience the cozy warmth of the radiant heat gas fireplaces and the warm hospitality of Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

 

You can also enjoy staying warm and viewing the winter scenery while others do the driving as you ‘motor’ to the Rim and tour Grand Canyon National Park on a small group van tour.  Let a professional driver navigate what can be the snowy/icy roads of the High Plains and the Kaibab Plateau and teach you about the flora and fauna as well as the geology of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

 

Grand Canyon Railway in a snow storm returning to the Depot

Another option is to ‘ride the rails’ aboard a vintage train along the century-old line leading from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon!

You’ll be sure to keep warm on your journey to the heart of the historic Grand Canyon South Rim Village.  Once you arrive at Grand Canyon, you’ll enjoy a much calmer and quieter visit this time of year as the summer crowds have cleared and the fall has quickly turned into winter.  This truly is a wonderful time of year to enjoy all that Grand Canyon has to offer — from spectacular vistas that just might be dusted in a beautiful layer of snow to the grand lobby of the historic El Tovar Hotel or Bright Angel Lodge with  blazing fireplaces welcoming guests inside to enjoy your winter afternoon!

Lifetime Admittance to ANY National Park/Monument

April 1st, 2011 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Enjoy Lifetime admittance to all of the Nations Parks and Monuments.

If you are a US Citizen, The National Park Service offers a special offer for when you’ve reached or passed the age of 62. A Golden Age Passport (lifetime admittance pas) can be purchased for $20 giving you free entry to any and all national parks and national monuments in the US.  If you are under 62, you can purchase a National Parks Pass for $50 which allows unlimited access for one calendar year.  There are other benefits to own either one of them.  More information about both passes can be obtained from the booklet you receive when you purchase your Pass.

Visit our web site and make a reservation to stay at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast.  Purchase a Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass at the Williams/Grand Canyon Visitor Center.  Explore Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  We’ll make your visit to the Grand Canyon an enjoyable one.  We look forward to spending time together.

*2013 update*  This pass is no longer available, but has now been replaced by the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Information for obtaining one of these passes is available at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html. This lifetime pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. Those carrying Golden Age passes may be assured they are still good for the life of the bearer.

Bearizona Wildlife Park

March 26th, 2011 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Come stay with us at Grand Canyon B&B and experience a great addition to the attractions of Northern Arizona.

Eric English, of ABC Channel 15 in Phoenix, wrote the following article in 2010:

‘WILLIAMS, AZ – A new attraction is trying to grab some of the millions of visitors that flock to the Grand Canyon every year. Bearizona is a 150 Acre ‘drive-through wildlife park’ that promises to give you a close encounter of the wild kind. Visitors drive their own vehicles through the park, which is loaded with big horn sheep, buffalo, and of course, bears–all roaming about giant pens.

“I really hope that when people come to Bearizona, they make a connection with the animals,” Vanessa Stoffel, the park’s chief operating officer said.  The park is planning for the future, raising young wolf, fox and bear cubs from infancy.  Staff plan the addition of bobcats, lynx and brown bears, and hope to grow into one of the larger North American wildlife collections.  They want to give visitors a new respect for the creatures.

“See the animals in their natural environment, and then when they return to wherever they are from, in the woods or in a park, they look around and they sense the importance of that habitat to the animals,” Stoffel said.

Bearizona was designed to showcase environmentally friendly construction as well.  “We’ve tried to build the park as green as possible.”  Many of the animal’s habitats are created from recycled materials.

The security cabin is a recycled RV, and a giant waterfall is made from several old busses and cars.  “A lot of the materials that we used in our waterfalls and rock features are old junkers and busses. The scrap metal is the framework for our big rock features,” Stoffel said.  The addition of solar panels and a water reclamation system will help lessen the park’s impact on the Kaibab Forest, while allowing people to see some other natural wonders that can be elusive.’

Bearizona Wildlife Park sign in Williams, Arizona

As of today there are two new additions.  Doc and Sadie were born early this Spring.  See their ‘birth announcement’ as shown on Phoenix NBC Channel 12 at: http://www.bearizona.com/bearizona-welcomes-channel-12-news-team .  More new borns are expected as we get closer to Summer.

The drive-thru park opened the 10th of Mar for the 2011 season and will be open daily from dawn to dusk until ‘snow covers the ground and stays (usually around the end of November each year).

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