Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater, Flagstaff, and Sedona

24 05 2011

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).

The Giant Log

The Giant Log

In Petrified Forest National Park

In Petrified Forest National Park

Meteor Crater

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.

Us In Front Of (A Washed Out) Meteor Crater

Us In Front Of (A Washed Out) Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater

Flagstaff

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.

Sedona

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.

Ready For Lunch With The TallyHo Clan

Ready For Lunch With The TallyHo Clan

Andrea's Cousin Has A SICK View From His House

My Sister-In-Law's Cousin Has A SICK View From His House

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.

Pretty sweet

Pretty sweet

Desi, Andrea, and Ayo Trying On Hats

Desi, Andrea, and Ayo Trying On Hats

We’re having fun and are flying to Seattle tomorrow evening for a week of Faces of Israel presentations, a swing dance camp, and exploring.

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8 responses

24 05 2011
nina

Totally agree on both petrified forest (so so) and meteor crater (awesome)! We JUST missed the Tally ho crew in Alberqueque NM. Have some wine for us. Nina

25 05 2011
jayhorowitz

Done! (Red AND white, too)

24 05 2011
Stumpy and Cyndi

I would concur, also, with regard to the petrified forest and meteor lake. I hope you’ll have more time in the Sedona area, when you return from Seattle. There’s so much to see!

25 05 2011
jayhorowitz

We’ve been thinking about stopping off here for a couple of days on our return. It’s beautiful, and our boondocking spot on NF-525 is perfect.

25 05 2011
tiffany

i am so totally jealous of your crater visit, i can’t believe we missed that! we had a huge day the day we were in the area and were so focused on the p. forest we missed the crater for the trees. (:
and hello! on those switchbacks, we were lucky and found out at the very last second to go a slightly longer route and thank goodness, we were so very happy not to be pulling the airstream + our 12 ft of suburban around those corners… beautiful country.

25 06 2011
Brooke (siayla)

So glad you found something closer then Schnebly Hill Vista. It worked for us but I wasn’t sure about your rig. I LOVED Sedona and will be back again some day and will try to remember about 525! Thanks for sharing and happy (safe) travels!

22 07 2014
Greg Kendall

Where is the sweet Sedona boondocking site? I would love to know. Could you give GPS coordinates. (You can get them from googlemap by right clicking and hitting “what is here”.)

18 05 2015
EU

Obviously neither assertion was true.

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