Cliff Dwellings and a Big Crater
Trip Start Jun 19, 2013
53Trip End Aug 15, 2013
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Globetrotter Motel was were we stayed last night. When we returned to the motel late yesterday, the owners told us storms were predicted and they had moved one of their cars so we could have a parking spot under their entry canopy for our Model A...pretty thoughtful of them.
We left Holbrook at 5:45 this morning to reach our destination of Barringer,s Meteor Crater by 7:00 am. The Discovery Center and meteor crater is located between Winslow and Twin Arrows about 50 miles east of Flagstaff' AZ. The crater is presently 550 feet deep and over 4000 feet across. This crater is estimated to have been created by a meteor only 150 feet across but travelling at 26,000 miles per hour. Over 175 million tons of limestone and sandstone were thrown out to form a continuous layer of debris surrounding the crater for a distance of over a mile.
No...that picture of Jean down in the crater was not a real event that happened. They don't let the public in the crater that we know of. In the museum, they had a place where you could pose to take a picture that made it look like you were right in the middle.
We took pictures of the crater from the outdoor observation decks and then took off for Williams.
On the way to Williams I noticed a road sign for Walnut Canyon Road and then Walnut Canyon National Park. We had no idea what the Park featured but decided to take it in. We arrived at the Park Center and discovered the Park showcased dwellings sheltered by overhanging cliffs constructed between 1125 and 1150 and only occupied for a little more than 100 years. The People that lived there are known today as Sinagua - Spanish for "without water". Water collection and conservation were practiced as a way of life. The dwellers were farmers, gatherers and hunters. Jean and I both thought this impulse trip was the best of the day.
We stopped in Flagstaff to view the southwest's "Largest Log Cabin" and a big neon guitar.
Stopped in Williams for a photo at the Grand Canyon Railway Depot and at Pete's Gas Station and Museum.
On the road to Selingman Jean took some pictures of the great roadside views.
Today we were driving at elevations between 4,000 and 7410 ft of elevation. During the early part of the day, the car handled the elevation and grades without issues. When running, I try to keep the pedal between 1/2 to 3/4 depressed on the hills. I would rather climb the hill a bit slower and not push the engine to hard. As we were approaching Williams the temperature was in the high 90's and the engine was struggling to move the car at 40 mph when climbing grades. Engine temp rose to 190 degrees when pulling the steeper grades from a normal of about 180. The use of about 75% 91 octane fuel has helped the engine on the hills. The entire day was comfortable to drive in with the exception of the last leg into Seligman when the temp was elevated. Tomorrow will be a short day again and I expect to complete some adjustments and remove the noisy broken brake anti-rattlers at the end of the day. The one on the passenger side is intermittently hitting the expansion area of the muffler and creates a good racket when the roads are rough. If it cools down some, I might complete some of those repairs today...at least snug up the emergency brake some. I left it slightly on for a short leg and it now slips on an extreme slope. Hey...it happens!
The odometer today 60,472
Total miles since we left Minnesota 3,827 miles