Went to Meter Crater after finding we had an hour to kill - spending quality time in Winslow, AR talking to local native, Sandy. When you first get to the Meter Crater site there isn't much to see because your "tour" starts inside their museum and gift shop. I of course went to the observation deck to see the crater and my eyes were amazed! Yeah I know its just a huge hole in the land out in the middle of nowhere Arizona....BUT its still freakin cool!!! Especially once you go through the museum to read some history or rather scientific research and evidence that suggests this crater was created over millions and millions of years ago. Way long before human species existed. The picture to the right is a model speculation of what the actual meter would have looked like and the size needed to make such an impact. Yep, its small thats what I said.
Cheese next to a huge hole in the ground
But its still worth expressing how awesome driving around on the scenic routes, going to see a church in the red rock (now decommissioned), meeting the people at the Chamber of Commerce (so friendly) and walking around in one of the state parks and in the oh-so-cute town of Sedona.
Yep, thats a church in the red rock. Casual.
A short walk following a river in a state park
From a high attitude "photo point"
Next order of business was to head north about 2hrs to go to the Red Feather Lodge in Tusayan, a town right outside of the Grand Canyon National Park. It was amazing that most of the two weeks on the road we had sunlight from about 630/7am to about 830/9pm. What was even more interesting was how buzzed the little town of Tusayan was around 9pm. We kept saying to ourselves that we would hate to be here in a week or more because it would be soooo crowded.
Wildlife in the park
As the sun begins to set the colors of the canyon really come alive
Sunset at the Canyon (west view)
We were even welcomed on our way out of the park by an elk that was literally as close to me as she appears in this picture.
Best coffee place in the morning - by the general store.
And if you are hiking you should bring the necessary goods.
Why not take an individual portion of a selection of fine wine? In a
convenient plastic cup too.
Cutest sandwich and souvenir shop in Tusayan