Petroglyphs,Museum of NH, El Malpais

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Petroglyphs National Park
Meteor Crater

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Monday, March 24, 2014

Day 328 -  Today we took Lars and Trent to see Petroglyph National Monument which is just down the road from where we are staying.  They are now 10 and 7 and are used to going with their parents on camping trips, so they are at an age to enjoy for what we have planned for them. Today they will earn the first of 4 Jr. Ranger badges and patches for completing the booklet that they are given when they arrive.  It's a wonderful way for kids to get an appreciation of nature and conservation and preservation.

We took three hikes in the park and saw some wonderful examples of petroglyphs.

Day 329 - The Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque.  The kids love dinosaurs, especially Trent the 7year old.  He was definitely in his element here.  Lars enjoyed that but was more interested in the science exhibits, so it worked out well for both.

Day 330 - Today we leave Albuquerque and head towards Flagstaff.  Along the way we stop at El Malpais (Bureau of Land Management Area) and the kids work on their jr. ranger badges as we explore the area.  We were able to take a mile hike on top of the lava rocks and I have to say it was a pretty amazing thing to do.  The trail is well marked by piled lava rocks that guide you along the walk - these are called cairns.  It was a bit scary at times when you would look down at a fissure and would wonder just how far down does that go?  Of course the kids always threw a rock or two down and would wait to hear it hit the bottom.  Some took longer than others.  Along with the lava, we went to the Sandstone Bluffs and also to the large arch.  It was a nice break during our long drive ahead.  

The wind started to blow around 50 mph so we cut the drive a little shorter than Flagstaff and stayed in Winslow.  We had planned on Holbrook, but the wind there was reaching up to 70 mph, so we kept going enduring the sand storms that would blow across the roads in several locations.

Day 331 - Today we head to Williams, AZ - a long drive from  Albuquerque, so we decided to break it up and go and see the Meteor Crater along the way.  Again, it was quite amazing and a job well done by this private enterprise.  We viewed 2 movies, had a tour and visited their museum.  The crater is out in the middle of what is now a ranch of several hundred acres, called the Bar T Bar.  They have teamed with the Benzinger Family to make this a wonderful experience for all to see.  This crater is the largest in the US and the best preserved in the world.  Many scientists, astronauts and geologists come to study this site.  The crater crashed to earth over 50,000 years ago into an unbroken plain.  It is thought to have crashed at a speed of over 26,000 mph.  The force was equal to 20 million tons of TNT.  The crater is the result of this severe crash into the earth.  The crater measures 700 feet deep and over 4000' across.  The force of the crash sent 175 million tons of debris out of the hole and around the depression. Large blocks of limestone were thrown to the top of the crater the size of a house!  To give you a bit of perspective on the massive size of this crater - if you put 20 football fields in the center and around the rim had 2 million people viewing the games, that's how large this hole in the ground really is.  It's hard to fathom when you are looking at it, and the photos just don't show the depth and width of this amazing place.  


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Pamela on

Looks like a wonderful time of exploring. Thanks, as always, for sharing. I just love all the pictures you have posted over the past year. YES, YEAR!!! Can you believe it? Nearly a year has passed. We can't wait to see you again. Its been waaaaaay to long. Hugs.

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