Day 18 – Thursday – August 4, 2011
0606 Wake up. Shower. Fold the laundry.
0705 Get the kids up.
Finish packing and loading then take final pictures before we leave. It is one tight squeeze with the addition of another passenger – Grandma Racinez!
0752 Leave. Current temperature is 62 degrees.
0758 National Guard Armory. Tank parked outside.
0807 Rio Grande River in Bernalillo
0814 Twisters for breakfast burritos. Yum!
0816 Starbucks drive-thru for coffee
0837 See a VW bug lowrider. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that before!
0842 I-40 West
0845 Rio Grande River in Albuquerque
0943 Grants, NM. Gas, $3.57/gallon. Some guy comes up begging for money – some sob story about trying to get back to the reservation. He was perfectly polite until I gave him $5. Then he turned tail and practically ran away. I am completely annoyed that he didn’t have the decency to say thank you. I doubt his story was true anyway but sheesh –use your manners! I yelled, “You’re welcome” at his back as he trotted off into the horizon.
0957 Exit the interstate, headed to El Morro National Monument. Lots of black lava rocks along the roadside.
1020 Continental Divide, elevation 7,882 feet
1038 El Morro visitor’s center. Bought our new annual park pass.
1132 Leaving El Morro
12:05 p.m. Zuni Indian Pueblo.
12:21 p.m. Arizona! Time change.
1157 Sanders, AZ – back to I-40
12:10 p.m. Lunch stop –Subway at the gas station in Navajo, AZ. Not much out here and we need to eat before we hit Petrified Forest.
12:47 p.m. Petrified Forest National Park
12:55 p.m. Leaving Petrified Forest/Painted Desert visitor’s center
1:26 p.m. old Route 66 monument
1:35 p.m. Santa Fe Railroad
1:36 p.m. Puerco River
1:46 p.m. Newspaper Rock
1:58 p.m. Agate Bridge
2:05 p.m. Crystal Forest. Darby refuses to get out of the car. I think he’s tired and his feet hurt from the hot ground out here. So we leave him in the car with the windows down while we take a couple quick pictures.
2:24 p.m. Leaving the park.
2:37 p.m. Little Colorado River
2:40 p.m. Holbrook, AZ – back on I-40 again
2:50 p.m. McD’s for iced coffee
2:59 p.m. Cholla Power Plant
3:38 p.m. Canyon Diablo
3:58 p.m. Flagstaff, AZ – looking for a gas station and find Jack in the Box. Stop for a snack.
4:20 p.m. Gas, $3.49/gallon
4:37 p.m. Arizona Divide 7,335 feet
4:51 p.m. Guy on a bike pulling a trailer filled with scrap wood/lumber.
4:53 p.m. Field filled with yellow wildflowers
5:00 p.m. Holiday Inn, Williams, AZ There is something wrong with the wells in town so the water is icky.
5:55 p.m. Dinner at the Singing Pig. Got to sit outside in a covered porch-swing-picnic-table. Live music. Good food. Friendly owners.
Back at the hotel, things are getting busy. We’d better head out early in the morning to beat the crowd!
There were some inconsiderate teens at the pool which made it not much fun. Be aware of your surroundings, people, and have a little consideration for others!!!
Swim then shower then off to bed early. Lights out a 9:15 in my room (not sure about Grandma and the girls) which is even easier to do with the time change today.