Anthony's Wild West 2007 travel blog

Standing on the corner in Wilmslow Arizona....

Teepee motel, Route 66

Petrified trees

petrified wood


Fractured tree in desert

Lizard on petrified wood

Blue Mesa

Petrified wood washed out of the clay

Teepee Rocks

Route 66 Wreck

Painted Desert Inn

Painted Desert

Moonrise on the Navajo Nation

Sing along:

Well, I'm a standing on a corner

In Winslow, Arizona

And such a fine sight to see

It's a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford

Slowin' down to take a look at me

Come on, baby, don't say maybe

I gotta know if your sweet love is

Gonna save me

We may lose and we may win,

Though we will never be here again

So open up, I'm climbin' in,

So take it easy....

The night's sleep was punctuated by the mournful howl of the huge trains as they thunder through Flagstaff. Atmospheric, but irritating after a while, like the dawn call to prayer in Muslim countries, and Erica's quaint village church ringing the hour all night.

We had a nice breakfast in a classic diner, Flagstaff looking particularly fine in the morning light. And I think we have managed to plan out the rest of our time together, i.e. to Canyon de Chelley (pronounced Shay) via Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, then to Monument Valley, to Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Vegas and lastly Tucson.

So off we go further along Route 66, stopping first at Winslow, Arizona, 'famous' from the Eagles song Take It Easy, as above. Famous to cowboys and older surfers anyway. Further along Route 66 we past the interesting Teepee Motel, and then we get to the Petrified Forest. This is basically a desert area covered in petrified trees that have turned to multi-coloured stone through geological processes. We did a few short hikes, and another one in the Painted Desert nearby, quite pretty. Then mucho driving, into the Navajo Nation (i.e. the Navajo Reservation) and to our motel by Canyon De Chelley. It was dark by then, though a great full moon.

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