Trekking with Daisy 2009-10 travel blog

Meteor Crater - Visitor Center

Meteor Crater - Holsinger Meteorite

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater - Thrust Fault

Meteor Crater - Rocks on Rim

Meteor Crater - Moenkopi Sandstone Rocks on Rim

Meteor Crater - Boiler Plate 29A Apollo Test Capsule

Munds Park RV Resort

Munds Park RV Resort

Munds Park RV Resort - Our Sites


Today we had a relatively short drive, so we didn’t leave until around 10:00. We made only one rest stop. Before going to our campsites, we both bought propane. My supply was getting very low.

After we had gotten set up, we went to visit the Meteor Crater, which is 35 miles east of Flagstaff. Even though it is not the largest crater in the world, it still is very impressive. It is 550 feet deep (equivalent to a 60-story building), 4,000 feet across and 2.4 miles in circumference. What sets it apart from the others is that it is in much better condition. Due to the very dry climate, it has not been heavily eroded. The crater was formed when a 150-foot meteor slammed into the high desert at an estimated 26,000 miles per hour. The blast was equivalent to 20 million tons of TNT! Over 175 million tons of limestone and sandstone were thrown out to surround the crater for over a mile. Fragments of rock and iron-nickel were thrown as far as several miles away. The 1200-pound Holsinger Meteorite is the largest fragment found. (www.meteorcrater.com)

On the way back to the RV park we stopped in Flagstaff to have dinner at the Cracker Barrel. I tried their new apple strüdel French toast. Yum! What a taste treat!

STATS

Route: US 64 S to Williams => I-40 E to Flagstaff => I-17 S to Munds Park

Total Miles Driven: 104

Weather Conditions: Chilly and very windy

Road Conditions: Good

Gasoline Price: $3.299 at Tusayan, AZ

Propane Price: $3.50 per gallon at Munds Park

RV Park: Munds Park RV Resort, Munds Park, AZ (www.mundsparkrv.com)

Park Conditions: Very nice. Graveled level sites. Free WiFi

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