2010 Travels travel blog

Sandi outside Rod's Steak House, Williams, AZ

Carpe Diem (left) at Williams, AZ

Snow capped Kendrick Mtn (10,000+ ft) along I-40 east of Williams

Oak Creek Canyon

OaK Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

Walnut Creek Nat'l Monument

Bob at Meteor Crater

We enjoyed a leisurely drive from Laughlin, NV to Williams, AZ, the self described "Gateway to Grand Canyon®". We took our time getting ready as it was a short drive. Ray lent us his ladder so Bob got the bugs off the windshield. Sandi washed the critters off the front of the coach and then applied a coating of 303 Aerospace Protector, which is supposed to keep bugs from adhering to the surface and make those that do easier to remove. Verification of that claim is pending...

Our first stop was at Sam's Club in Bullhead City where we topped the tank with diesel at $2.959/gallon, a price we probably won't see again this summer. Then AZ 68 up Union Hill to Kingman, and the coach behaved beautifully. No hint of an overheat—dare we presume that problem is now behind us? From Kingman we headed east on I-40 to Williams, climbing all the way (we are currently at an elevation of 6,975').

The entire trip took about 3½ hours and Bob did all the driving while Sandi enjoyed the scenery, read, or snoozed. We are now settled into Canyon Gateway RV, a Passport America park that gives 50% off posted rates. Four days for less than $70, our kind of place. We have a 30 amp hookup, but looking at the weather forecasts we won't be needing the a/c! Tonite's low is forecast to be right around freezing. Temp right now is about 58°F, which is pretty refreshing after the desert heat.

Friday, 14 May: Last evening we dined at Rod's Steak House, a William's landmark since 1946. It was as good as ever. Both of us visited Rod's with our parents during family trips—Sandi in 1954 and Bob in 1958—and we remember it fondly.

Today we took a circle drive east on I-40 to Kingman and then AZ 89A thru Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, then thru Jerome and the Prescott Valley, and finally north on AZ 89 to I-40 and back to Williams. A delightful day drive through gorgeous scenery. Pix are above (click on thumbnails for larger images).

Saturday, 15 May: Another day trip from Williams, this time to Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Both are east of Flagstaff, which was a very nice drive along I-40. On the way back we stopped at Sam's Club for final stocking up as we'll be without club stores and WalMarts for the next two weeks or so.

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