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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weird Arizona - Welsey Treat

Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman first began exploring their home state of New Jersey to find all that was weird and wonderful. They made pamphlets for friends. They soon expanded to a magazine and then published a book. Not long after they started receiving letters from all over the United States about more strange things. Weird Arizona by Wesley Treat is another book in this line of adventures.

No matter what your interest, you're bound to find something in this volume that will strike your fancy. If you like hauntings, you can try your luck at finding La Llorona along the banks of Gila or San Pedro river. Or maybe stop near Tombstone to take a photo of the lively ghosts in the Bird Cage Theatre, who are said to be quite photogenic. If you're not too fond of aliens, then you might want to steer clear of Sedona. If you enjoy exploring natural places, you can visit Petrified Forest National Park. Just be careful not to pilfer any souvenirs from the area, as they are said to be cursed. Did you ever want to be a member of a Yacht Club? Join the Quartzsite Yacht Club, located off of Route 10 at exit 17.

There are many more fun things to find in this book, but you'll have to read it to find out. Each article contains the name of the attraction with a brief description and a few photos to give you an idea of what to look for. The only issue I found was that not all of the destinations have approximate locations to get you there. For many of these you'll have to check online to get more details, which you'd probably want to do anyway to see if it's changed hours or possibly been blocked from the public.

If you're looking for something different while you're traveling through Arizona, this may be the guidebook for you.

Recommended Reads:
Weird U.S. by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman
Weird Las Vegas and Nevada by Joe Oesterle and Tim Cridland
Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations Brad Olsen

Recommended Viewing:
Weird U.S - History Channel

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