Flagstaff Az, another stop on Route 66 that still has many of it's attractions in operation. We found a room at the Monte Vista Hotel in historic old Flagstaff. They have taken a lot of pride in preserving this piece of Americana, in a town that values its roots on Route 66. The old train station is still there, only a couple of blocks from the hotel, and the trains still come through regularly -- in fact, I think every train in the US came through the night we were there! Between the trains, and the reveling N. Arizona State grads who enjoyed their graduation that night, we were a little short on sleep that night! But it was still fun -- probably more so because of the graduation and all the excitement in town. We sat on the balcony of the Wetherill Hotel, watched the sun go down, and the kids enjoy their big evening.
A long day's drive will take us through the 4 corners, where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet in one spot, and on to Cortez, Co where we will get ready to explore Mesa Verde National Park. A most beautiful drive with spectacular scenery all the way along. The highway passes along the edge of Monument Valley and passes through valley's and along Mesa's. A Big WOW!!
A pleasant evening in a campground with a million dollar view of the Mesa's and the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. Big clouds rolled all around us, and you could see rain and thundershowers in the mountains, but we got to be just spectators to a dramatic sky.
Mesa Verde hides its face behind a highway of hairpin turns and switch backs up and down the Mesas. But what a special treat when you get there. The Cliff Palace, the largest ruin of it's type in the country, the Spruce Tree House and other well preserved ruins peak out all over this World Heritage site. We spent most of the day crawling up and down ladders and stairs as we took advantage of this one of a kind location. The end of the day took us back through these winding roads and on to Durango, Co. where we nestled in for what was left of our Mother's Day.
A call to Mom to make sure Eric and Kristen (and Kris's Mom) had gotten Mom out of the hospital and out for a nice Mother's Day dinner. She seems pretty perky, but tired after her first outing in over 2 weeks. She seemed to enjoy visiting with them, but was ready to hit the sack. Just glad she is home and doing better.