Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 7 - Sunset Crater National Monument, AZ to Sky City, NM

We got another early start and were on the road by 7:30pm.  We stopped at Meteor Crater outside of Flagstaff, AZ.  Greg and I tried to go there on our Honeymoon but got there after they’d closed.  Greg felt good to accomplish that goal after 23 years.  We learned a lot about meteors and felt it was a good stop.

Meteor Crater

We stopped for lunch at Petrified Forest National Park.  The wind had picked up again and was very intense.  Greg was really glad of the break!  We really enjoyed the Ranger Talk and then walked the loop trail through some of the Petrified Forest.  It was strange and beautiful.  The kids each picked out a souvenir from the gift shop.

We were SO impressed with Petrified Forest National Park.  We listened to a great talk by Ranger Jack Pickett.  He clearly used to teach high school and had a deep love for his subject area!

We got back on I-40 and slogged eastward.  The wind buffetted us the whole way.  There were lots of dust storms along the way.

Dust Storms - the wind is fierce in the Southwest today

We arrived in Sky City tired, dirty, and ready for a break.

The Casino is new since we were here 20 years ago.  They have a small RV park - full hookups but no other amenities.  Still at $19 a night, we found it hard to complain.

We plugged in, plugged in all our electronic devices and then got on the free wifi.  I updated the blog and Greg worked.  We decided to go to the buffet for dinner - BBQing was out of the question -- it was WAY too windy.

The buffet was fine. Good prime rib but nothing else was OUTSTANDING.  But it worked for us.  We all felt better and while we finished eating, I sent Greg off to gamble.  When we joined him, he did a demo for the kids.  We wanted to show them how fast you can lose your money when gambling .  . . Well, that didn’t work out as planned!  Greg won $250 on his second pull of the demo.  He spent about $22 and gained $250!

We came back to the FMC and everyone showered.  Being grime-free (after all the dusty wind) felt so good.  We were still being buffeted by the the wind as we sat in the RV park.  After the kids went to bed, Greg was working and I was reading in bed.  All of a sudden, I heard a strange sound and realized it was raining.  Breathing in that fantastic smell of rain in the desert is so wonderful!  What a great ending to a day!

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