Another 580 miles behind me after today. I left Gallup in the morning and crossed into Arizona, the wind still letting me know how much it hates me. I visited the Petrified Forest National Park, which was quite neat. I then turned off I40 to go see the Metor Crater, which was a waste of an hour and $15. From there, it was on to Flagstaff, and then up towards the Grand Canyon.
That's when I started feeling crappy. I hadn't eaten lunch, but it was much more than that. It turns out I'd been spending most of today at altitude, as much as 7000 feet at times. Well, that combined with the constant wind, I got dehydrated pretty fast. I did get to see the south rim of the Canyon at Desert View, but didn't stay very long. I did purchase the National Parks pass for the year, and I saw enough to know that I want to go back and spend more time there. Maybe in the fall.
Chugged a Powerade and put down a couple of Tiger's Milk bars, and then headed back towards Flagstaff. I started to feel better, and made it to Phoenix around 8 PM.
I did take a bunch of pictures today, which I'll upload tomorrow. I can sleep in a little bit tomorrow, and take my time getting to San Diego which is *only* 380 miles from here.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
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Ray and I loved the Petrified Forest (especially me! Petrified wood is endlessly fascinating to me). The Painted Desert also made for a gorgeous part of the drive.
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