Day Three: May 27

Today, God’s creation was the star of the show as we stopped at the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest National Park. The pictures just don’t do it justice. I can’t image what we are in for tomorrow at the Grand Canyon.

I got one souvenir I didn’t want in the desert – a slight sunburn.

We also had time to see a few Route 66 sites along the way. There is a nice stop in the National Park where the old Route 66 passed through the painted desert. The road itself is gone, but you can still see a line of old telephone poles and the raised road bed. Interstate 40 stays very close to Route 66 through much of Arizona, so we were able to see many old travel plazas and curio shops. It was fun to stop at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Ariz.

It was great to have a lighter travel day. We are staying in cabins at a KOA in Williams, Ariz. It’s great – indoor pool, hot tub, fire pit for a campfire. We roasted hot dogs and had s’mores for supper. I just love the smell of a campfire.

Today’s Tally
3 smashed pennies collected
5 dust devils (whirlwinds) spotted
243 miles traveled

Major stops
– Painted Desert National Park
– Petrified Forest National Park
– Wigwam Motel, Holbrook, Ariz.
– Winslow, Ariz.

Random Notes from the first three days

– “Road Construction Ahead” is a nasty phrase.
– Wind Farms are everywhere in the Southwest
– If you travel to the Southwest, bring your lip balm and a moisturizing lotion … and your sunscreen.

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