Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
17Trip End Jan 11, 2007
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But Arizona was a bit interesting. We liked their naming scheme
When we woke up in Kayenta, we knew we were heading off to the Grand Canyon. We got a later start than we desired, but only thirty minutes behind. I had wanted to pick up some athletic shoes before going off to the Canyon because I didn't want to wreck my European street shoes. So when we inquired at the front desk if there was a Wal-Mart or a sporting goods store nearby, they directed us to the Arts and Crafts store across the street. They told us they might have shoes, but they warned us that they didn't know if they were open yet or not. Lately they had been opening up later because of the cold weather, they said. But oh, if you want a Wal-Mart or Target, you have to go 100 miles in the other direction or stop in Flagstaff
We ended up passing by a few other "towns" with quaint names like Cow Springs. These towns seemed to be more like random groupings of mobile homes. They just started up out of nowhere with no rhyme or reason. It's interesting to see how cities developed in the west. Much different than what we're used to in the Midwest.
Eventually we came up to Tuba City, and there was no fanfare or band waiting for us at the city entry. We were a bit disappointed with their chamber of commerce. Nonetheless, at the next "city" - named Tonolea - we got to see the inner working of how town government worked. We saw the big convenience store at the gas station. There were groceries, a small restaurant that served imitation McGriddles, there was a waiting bench for those waiting for rides and there was a sign for the town Planning Committee for Thursday at 7:30 pm. It was interesting to pass through Navajo Nation. It was a surprise because I don't think either of us knew we were actually passing through it. I liked it though. Very enlightening.
The ride over the Grand Canyon took longer than we desired though because we got stuck behind an oversized load on a two-laner. On the plus side, we did get to see some neat rock formations and some good scenery. However, we started seeing snow on the ground, but later we barely saw any.