Americana Inn - Route 66
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First things first, let me explain the title.. My mom decided "Flagstaff" looks like a German word, therefore she calls it something like "Flaag schtaff" (I have no idea how to explain her pronunciation)
Palmdale – Hesperia – Flagstaff. Most of the day spent on the highway along the Route 66.
Before we picked up the other half of the gang, I wanted ...
... with a few mountains to our east.
Stopped at the small hamlet, almost ghost town of Johannesburg; this is a tin shanty town not far from Randsburg, both situated in the Rand Mountains which are desert mountains and nowhere as spectacular as the Sierra's. By all accounts in the first half of the 20th Century this area was the most prolific of the gold mining areas in California.
Still, if you ever get the chance take the 395, either south or ...
... rocks that this area is well known for. The small town of Sedona would be a great place for a few days of walking in the surrounding countryside followed by a bit of gentle eating and drinking. This area is now on our 'return to' list. Whether it would be if we were battling through the three or four feet of snow they normally have in this area in February is a different matter. If you are thinking of coming to this area it may be better ...
Also very interesting was a geological feature known as a blowhole. It's an opening on the earth's surface where changes in pressure create air flow. When the surface air is dry and warm (see above) cool air will blow out. Looked like a boring hole in the ground. Then ...
... the scenic area and then stopped at some very accessible and well-preserved Indian ruins. Not much else on Thursday, just playing at the KOA playground. It sometimes seems like we're on a cross-country tour of the nations slides and swingsets, but that's what keeps Iris happy.
Friday we thought about going back to Slide Rock to give Dean another chance to slide down the rocks, but instead we went to Lava ...