Friday, August 08, 2008

Vacation Day 4

Day 4 -- 7-30-08

We left Grand Canyon and drove along the canyons East Rim Highway 64 to see the sights along the South and East rim. We stopped for lunch at Desert View and then out of the park, a long drive along more canyons and the beautiful painted desert. Then down 89 toward Flagstaff.

On the way, we stopped at Wupatki National Monument to see the ruins of 800 year old stone dwellings. These were all made of red rock, partially standing. You can enter them and feel a little bit of what it was like for the indians who lived there. From the main building on a hilltop you could see the rolling hills, and canyons, and cloud shadows chasing each other across the landscape. No one else was within miles of us, just us and the car and the wind and the quiet.

We would have liked to see Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument but we pressed on through Flagstaff and then east to Meteor Crater -- a huge depression 3/4 of a mile across and 550 feet deep, blasted out in a second by a meteor that fell 49,000 years ago. Afterwards we headed back to Flagstaff to spend the night before our next leg of our journey.

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