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This morning we have left the town of Prescott. We traveled north on I 17 towards Flagstaff.
I love taking pictures when we drive, simply because they show how quickly the views are changing.
The most beautiful sight on the way to Flagstaff are the San Francisco Peaks. It is a gorgeous volcanic range covered with snow. Humphreys Peak, at 12,633 feet (3,851 m) in elevation, is the highest mountain in Arizona. These mountains are truly spectacular.
We are not the only ones impressed with their beauty. They have been sacred mountains for the local native peoples for centuries.
Here, in Arizona, Native Americans joined forces in the 1970s to fight a long, disheartening legal battle against the white man to prevent him from desecrating their most sacred mountain by maintaining a ski resort on the peaks. The Indians tried to explain that these “mountains are our father and our mother”. “We come from them, we depend on them…each mountain is a person. The water courses are their veins and arteries. The water in them is to their life as our blood is to our bodies.”
At the heart of the current controversy is a plan by the United States Forest Service and its business lessee, the Arizona Snowbowl, to expand a ski area that presently exists on the site. The expansion would involve clear cutting 74 acres of rare alpine ecosystem, making snow using reclaimed wastewater, and building a 14.8-mile buried pipeline to pump reclaimed wastewater. It also calls for resurfacing the site to allow for the construction of a three-acre, 10-million-gallon holding pond of reclaimed wastewater and purchasing up to 50 snowmaking machines. These machines could operate 24 hours a day and be audible up to two miles away. (culturalsurvival.org)
The San Francisco Mountains are known to Navajo as “The Sacred Mountains of the West”.
According to a respected biologist the 1,200 acre island of tundra above 11,400 foot elevation contour has been isolated from other tundra habitats long enough for several species of plants to evolve into unique forms.
And here is a perfect song for today’s blog post: