Driving across three states (Oklahoma, Texas and part of New Mexico) yesterday allowed us to spend more time in Albuquerque, a place I've always been curious about. We spent a few hours perusing Old Town's shops and native American jewellery vendors before sitting down to a taco lunch at Backstreet Grill. Crossing into Arizona, we explored the Petrified Forest National Park, named for its large deposits of petrified wood and highly eroded badlands.  Extending into the Painted Desert, it is best known for its fossils, including fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic period (225 million years ago) and have since turned into quartz. This place was absolutely fascinating and likely my favourite stop on the route! (Although I have to say, New Mexico and Arizona are stunning through and through.) Just as we left the park, an intense desert storm moved through, followed by a double rainbow. Amazing! Down the road, in the once-bustling but now virtually deserted Holbrook, we visited the Wigwam Motel, where it appears time has stood still since the 1950's. Deemed a historic landmark along Route 66, it is definitely worth a visit as you mosey along.  Rumour has it that Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King were booked to stay here on their epic road trip a few years back but the motel couldn't accommodate a large crew so they moved on. Further west in Winslow is Meteor Crater,  the best preserved meteorite impact site on earth.  Here, an asteroid travelling 26,000 miles per hour hit the earth some 50,000 years ago, leaving a massive crater that is one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and 550 feet deep. Unfortunately we didn't make there before dark but I wanted to mention it because it is one of the places I regret not seeing on the trip. We drove into the sunset to our final destination: Flagstaff. 

ENJOY!


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