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As I stand on the rim of a gigantic circular hollow gouged into the barren earth, a desert wind ruffles my hair and whispers secrets of an event which happened 50,000 years ago to create what lies far, far below my viewing platform: the largest meteor crater on Planet Earth. It is nearly a mile across, 550 feet deep and large enough at its base to encompass twenty football fields while two million spectators would fit comfortably along its sloping walls...read more »

As we approach Meteor Crater, walls of rocky rubble rise above the vast desert plateau. They surround a gigantic bowl shaped cavity which was created in a matter of seconds 50,000 years ago. A meteorite, about fifty meters across and weighing several hundred thousand tons, crashed into the rocky plain. The impact sent a shockwave over the desert, spread a blanket of debris for over a mile, and tossed limestone blocks the size of small houses onto the rim. It is a desolate, wind swept, big hole - almost 1.5 kilometers across and deep enough to swallow a sixty story building. I can barely see, even with a telescope, a life size cut-out of an astronaut on the crater floor. It is a nod to when NASA's Apollo astronauts trained here for their geological studies on the moon. Fortunately for ongoing scientific studies, erosion is not taking a huge toll and this crater is the best preserved impact site on Earth.

The unexpectedly large visitor centre provides interactive lessons in astronomy, geology, and history. The crater's story starts in the early 1900's, when D. Barringer thought he could mine iron here. As the meteor fragmented on contact, a lode of ore was not found. Proving a meteor impact created the crater was a long, convoluted process and finally completed in 1960. The Crater continues to be a site for multi-disciplined scientific research. That astrogeologists estimate a Meteor Crater size impact should occur about once every 50,000 years gives us pause...read more »

Phoenix Arizona Spas

Alvadora Spa retains the Spanish Colonial style and couples it with an aura of intimacy. The design deftly blends indoor and outdoor settings with its use of natural stone, wood and colors. Outdoor treatment rooms feature fireplaces and showers.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a member of Historic Hotels of America and is a AAA Four Diamond property. Rates are seasonal and you must make reservations, but then, so did Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is nestled in the high Sonoran Desert in the foothills of the 150-acre Pinnacle Peak. In the 1940s the property was owned by heiress Lois Kellogg Maury whose Crescent Moon Ranch housed a finishing school for debutantes and rental guesthouses. She sold the 127-acre estate in 1967 and ultimately it was purchased to become a Four Seasons Resort. The resort opened in December of 1999, has been the recipient of AAA Five Diamond designation since 2002, and has been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and numerous other awards. It also is said to have the best sunset view in all of Phoenix...read more »


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