On the road again!!!
Isn’t that a song??
I am sitting in a darkened hotel room the next morning (Monday) waiting for K to wake up.. boy that boy can sleep!!! Wish I could!!!
So after a good breakfast (buckwheat waffles and eggs and REAL maple syrup) with K and C we headed out on our adventure cross country, not having a clue which way we want to go…
Drove through Flagstaff AZ.. temps were in the low 70’s .
For all of those who don’t know Flagstaff, it is a large city in the AZ mountains.. Unlike where we lived in the Desert, Flagstaff area is called the hill country because of it’s higher elevations. Temps in Flagstaff are usually 30 to 40 degrees cooler than in Phoenix. Most Phoenicians drive to Flag and the surrounding areas to cool off from the summer heat..
Flagstaff is a college town and so it’s pretty busy, plus they have a number of ski resorts in the winter (they get a good bit of snow, obviously!) Some great restaurants and shops, but since we just left Prescott and no way were we hungry, we just pressed on.. and we have been there often enough that it didn’t excite us to stop..
Driving into Flag… The boulders are amazing, aren’t they??
We realize that we are driving on the famous RT 66, if you want to know more about RT 66 you can read about it here.
Not sure how far we will go on RT 66 but we will stay on it for a while and see where it takes us. Probably turn off somewhere in Tenn. We will see..
We turned off the road to a town called Hollbrook. If any of you saw the movie “CARS” it takes place in a small town in AZ, Hollbrook, is the place that they copied and animated for the movie, and I wanted to see it.. The diner is the same, the Ford Car dealership is the same.. Much cuter in the movie though!!!!
You can see the dealership further up the road from the DQ. (Dairy Queen).
Since the Petrified Forest is right in the same neighborhood, we decide to check some of it out and turned into a shop that was selling tons of the stuff. We didn’t think we had enough time to get to the forest and look around, I wanted to check out the Painted Desert instead.
So you see, there really is a place called the Petrified Forest!!!! Basically it is trees that have been fossilized so that they are hard like rocks… but once they are cut and polished they are beautiful and extremely expensive.. a coffee table made from a slice of petrified wood can be upwards of $800.. That’s alot for a coffee table.. IMHO!
All this stuff are NOT rocks but wood.. I should have taken a pix of a finished table.. Oh well.. sorry….
From there we decided to drive through the Painted Desert which is another National Park, good thing K has a pass for all the National Parks, you pay once and you can enter all National Parks for free…. It was getting late (6:30pm) and I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough time before dark, but an hour was plenty to drive around and see…
The sun was starting to set and you can tell how the light played off the rocks and hills none of these pix are doctored, that is the real color.. You can tell that once upon a time this was all covered with water.. but not anymore. There were tons of fossilized shells and fish in rocks taken from this area, and even remnants of dinosaurs, which we saw at the shop with the petrified wood.
The sun hitting the hills just right to make them this amazing orange red color..
At the top of the Desert there is a perfect example of an adobe type home.. At one point this home was the Painted Desert Inn, it is not in service right now, if it was, I would have loved to have stayed overnight.
We got out just in time for closing as the sun was setting and headed on. We reached Gallup, AZ around 9pm and found a hotel for the night.
Couldn’t find a decent restaurant open, not one.. and had to buy sandwiches from the Gas Station.. now that’s what I call “dinner!” UGH…
Once K gets up we will be on our way again..
Have a good day…