Quality Inn Winslow
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After loading the car, we began our journey home around 9am.
Headed south through Arizona on Interstate 10. Same scenery as on the way out to California. It was a beautiful driving day.
Yesterday was cloudy in San Juan Capistrano, and today looked to be much the same. Perhaps we picked a good time to leave.
The house was packed up, as were we, and ready to go by 8:15 or so. Not too bad. We had to make it to Winslow, AZ, tonight, as we had a reservation at La Posada. In 2009, we had looked at this historic train hotel, designed by Mary Colter, and we didn't want to miss that.
On the road, we made it out of ...
... ground that and asteroid made some 50,000 years ago.
At only a mile across and some 600 ft deep it was less shocking on my nerves than the Grand Canyon. In fact the geek factor seemed to have a positive effect on my fear of heights and Erin couldn't keep me away from the crater edge. I loved it, possibly one of the coolest things I've ever seen. We spent quite a while there looking at the crater and the exhibits inside the visitor's centre.
Later we set of back ...
... melted or pulverized. At the museum, the largest piece found from the site is on display. It's only about a meter long but it weighs about the same as our Fiesta. The crater area has been used to train Apollo astronauts and it has been the setting for Hollywood movies. As part of the admission fee a guide took us out along the rim of the crater. Not something for the weak of heart!
Later in the day we visited the archeological site of the ...
... that the gentleman was taken from the train. Upsetting to hear that he was traveling alone. That must be very scary--to get sick out in the middle of nowhere and be all by yourself.
We were a little late getting into Winslow and the La Posada Hotel. The hotel is right on the tracks practically, so we got off the train, collected our bag, and walked into the lobby. I'd like to tell you more about the hotel, but it was 10:30 and ...