Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Where I've been: Rt 66 day 2

We woke up in the beautiful, colorful city of Albuquerque.  We checked out of our hotel, made sure the car was cleared of trash, and then took Rt 66 out of town.
This is the place we ate at the night before

I love the colors!
The next few town we hit are kind of a blur.  Grants was the first.  We stopped and had a bit to eat there.   Then we came through Gallup.  Both of these places were neat and still had decent little economies.  But when I look at the pictures I don't remember which was which.

This could be one of my favorite signs.

I think this one is famous, maybe.
We had to do a bit of off roading at times, just to stay on Rt 66.

We saw more cool stuff just off the highway.  Like these pueblos.
 And this cave-ish thing surrounded by little Indian shops.  It was a bit of a tourist trap.

The highlight of our day was going into the petrified forest national park.  Trees turned to stone are always a big hit with the kids, and the painted desert was magnificent.  While were there we also saw some ancient hieroglyphs.  The largest concentration of hieroglyphs in... eh-hem... the slkdjfl... the largest concentration in somewhere.

The road through the park is old Rt 66.  It is one of those rare times when you can't see the interstate anywhere, the road is small and slow, and for a minute you feel like you've gone back in time.
Pictures never do anything justice.

Tree rocks!

More rock stumps!

We cut back through Holbrook and ended our day in Flagstaff.  We ordered pizza from a local place that delivers, swam in the indoor pool and settled in for a less-than-good nights sleep.  Oliver has n't delt with being away from home very well.  Or it could be that he's sleeping too much in the car during the day.  But a free continental breakfast always wakes me up and gets me ready for the day.  Have I ever mentioned that I love free stuff?

Good morning from Flagstaff!  We're off to the Grand Canyon!

-Hugh Jass


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