I’ll try and sum up a number of days of travel in a not-too-long blog post.
Petrified Forest National Park
Medium-cool. I understand the desire to preserve this highly concentrated deposit of petrified wood, but for me, after seeing a few awesome pieces of petrified wood they were all the same. What was cool was the Painted Desert. The highly contrasting and boldly saturated colors in the northern hills of the park were spectacular. So was the rock shop that sold refrigerated Snickers bars. On the other hand, the ranger-led programs at the park were pretty disappointing. It really drove home the difference between career rangers (awesome) and seasonal rangers (hit-or-miss).
Worth the $15 admission fee. A gignormous crater caused by a meteorite impact 50,000 years ago. The guides were knowledgable and enthusiastic, and the museum was well-done. Amusingly, we were pulled over for the first time in ten months of RVing on our way to Meteor Crater. The weather was windy and the highway was wet from recent rain, but nevertheless we were told by the highway patrol that 50 mph was too slow for the 75 mph zone that we were in. Chatting with the cop was kind of funny. He explicitly told us that he had a long shift and was bored, and that we should check out the Memorial Day parade in Flagstaff where he would be driving a vintage police car.
Flag is quite pretty now, with views of the snow-capped San Fransisco Peaks and Pine forests. We joined Chabad of Flagstaff for Shabbat services and lunch. The food was great and the rabbi was a fun guy – and a mean ping pong player.
The drive from Flagstaff to Sedona on 89A was gorgeous and at-times freaky. It was steep switchbacks all the way down and I’m glad that we did the drive during daylight. Courtesy of Diana’s advice (from Life On The Open Road) we found a sweet boondocking spot just five miles south of Sedona and we were joined by Matt and Bree from Operation Tally-Ho. The Tally-Ho family is awesome, including the canine members. We shared a yummy lunch of salad (Ayo) and stir-fry (Bree), and explored our boondocking area together with Diana and her travel-partner Phil.
On Sunday night we had a successful pilot event for Astronomy On The Road (joined by TallyHo and my brother & sister-in-law), and we spent Monday touring Sedona with family and super-duper-extended-family. (My sister-in-law has cousins in Sedona.) The group clicked well and we got a tour of Sedona from locals. Cold Stone and barbecue with family closed out the night with a full-stomach, and it’s looking like we’ll head out to Slide Rock Park with Matt and Bree later today.
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