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Flagstaff to Sedona through Oak Creek Canyon: A Roadside Nature of Arizona Travel Guide for U.S. Highway 89A [Kindle Edition]

JJ Smith
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Book Description

Highway 89A drops off the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, through a fascinating landscape of ancient lava flows and giant sandstone spires and cliffs. The plant and animal life along the drive is as bizarre as it is beautiful. As the elevation decreases along the drive, conifer forests give way to diverse chaparral, woodland, and desert environments lined by the verdant streamside forests of Oak Creek. Each of these ecosystems are home to unique plants and animals including pig-like javelina and agave (the plant tequila is made from) in the desert, and reptile-hunting black hawks and giant Arizona sycamore trees along Oak Creek. Wildlife watching, especially birding, is exceptional in Oak Creek Canyon. Bring your binoculars!

About the Author

JJ Smith, M.S., holds degrees in Physical Geography and Forestry and has over 20 years of experience as a field naturalist, park ranger, biological technician, forester, research station manager, and university instructor. He has lived in and explored Arizona for the past decade.

About Roadside Nature Travel Guides

Roadside Nature is a new, different style of natural history travel guide that aims to cover the most spectacular scenic drives on the planet as well as some less popular routes that offer wilder, more intimate outdoor experiences for independent-minded travelers. Most nature guides cover identification of birds, reptiles, plants, rocks, and so on, or they focus on a particular environment, like the Sonoran Desert or the Everglades. Travel guides tend to concentrate on eating, sleeping, shopping, and city-based cultural and natural attractions.

Roadside Nature approaches nature-based travel a little differently; they describe the most prominent and fascinating natural features (whether they are geologic, avian, meteorological, or furry) along a specific travel path. Like other travel guides, Roadside Nature Travel Guides also cover the topics of eating and sleeping, but with the independent, outdoor-oriented traveler in mind, focusing mostly on quiet picnic spots and out of the way places to camp on public lands.

The biggest difference between a Roadside Nature Travel Guide and other guides is that they are written by local naturalists who are intimately familiar with their environments and passionate about sharing their knowledge with others. This hand-crafted approach lets you bring along the experience and knowledge of a local guide without cramping the independence or discovery that should be a part of every good trip.



Product Details

  • File Size: 286 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Roadside Nature; 1st edition (November 19, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Y26Y5M
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful! March 29, 2010
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Whether you are a tourist or a local, this book is filled with helpful information.

I am a local, and found much I did not know. If you are traveling with children or a pet, or both, you can readily find a place for everyone to stretch their legs, get a snack, etc.

The nature aspect of the book will lend a different perspective to your trip.

Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very informative and interesting October 8, 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone traveling on highway89a from flagstaff to Sedona. I feel as if I've already driven this road many times. It will definitely make my drive more scenic and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another stupid review February 3, 2013
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if you are going to Sedona to Flagg this is the book to have we travel this path with this book to guide us
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JJ Smith is a naturalist, land manager, and former international natural resources adviser, university forestry instructor, and park ranger. He has been exploring the Southwest, and learning about its incredibly diverse natural history, for over a decade between trips to Central and South America to teach sustainable forestry and to study ecotourism. In 2009 he created Roadside Nature so travelers could discover some of the same fascinating plants, animals, and landscapes he has found in his travels. He chose to begin publishing Roadside Nature Travel Guides as small, affordable Kindle books to reduce the carbon footprint of the business.

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