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
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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