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Published: September 28th 2016
Time to pack the wagon and follow the Santa Fe trail aka old Route 66 to Flagstaff AZ. Our bags which seem to be expanding by the day, were loaded, pushed and shoved into the SUV/wagon. Took a side trip to the Albuquerque airport ( I could never live in this city due to off beat spelling). We have been traveling on a bald back tire. Transferred to a another SUV and off we went on Interstate 40 (formally known as Route 66) "Get your kicks on Route 66."
Collleen (our Chris Columbus) spotted the Petrified Forest National Park on "the map". We stopped, no we rode around Gallup New Mexico looking for a lunch spot. Found a cafe that met all of our criteria.
The park is located in NE New Mexico in Apache and Navaho territory. The park covers around 170 miles. Wikipedia has a detailed article describing the petrified wood, painted desert and the occupants of this beautiful area. We elected to take the 2 hour driving tour. Each stop was amazing with either Tepees, Petroglyphs, and Petrified wood. The vastness, beauty and quiet atmosphere was a new experience for our SE eyes and ears.
Inside of petrified stump
The photo does not capture the beauty of the stone.
Arrived in Flagstaff in time for their 5:00 traffic - reminders of Atlantic traffic. Settled into our motel and f course went on the hunt for dinner.
Tomorrow The Grand Canyon.
PS. THERE IS ONE PHOTO AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG, SCROLL.LL DOWN TO VIEW ADDITIONAL PHOTOS
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