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Gallery 1: Flagstaff
The Hart Prairie preserve is located 150 miles north of Phoenix, 14 miles from Flagstaff, and about 75 miles from the Grand Canyon. Surrounded by thousands of acres of cool forest and meadows, the 245-acre preserve is home to uncommon wildflowers, old growth ponderosa pine, elk, deer, porcuine and prairie dogs, as well as what is termed a "globally rare" grove of Bebb willow trees.

Hart Prairie was donated to The Nature Conservancy in the early 90s, and I had the opportunity to visit one autumn. (With luck, that will be my first and last experience with a compost toilet). Thankfully, I did not overnight in one of the "charming guest cabins" at the preserve, but stayed alone in a rather seedy motel - the shortcomings of which are easily overlooked by the skiers who descend in winter.

I was born in Arizona and have lived here all my life, but still haven't seen the Grand Canyon.

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