Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona
Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
12Trip End Aug 27, 2008
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The first stop on the intinerary was The Meteor Crater just before Winslow. This location is said to be the worlds largest crater created by a Meteor hitting the earth. The lady at the ticket counter was surprised to hear that young chicks like us had a AAA card when we asked for the admissions discounts, she joked and asked if we were borrowing our parents card or something. After saving a few bucks we entered the museum before venturing out to the crater's edge. The crater itself is something like 2000 feet wide and is quite breathtaking, but pales in comparison to our views of big gashes in the earth we witnessed after spending the previous day at the Grand Canyon. Still unique and something of awe
We continued East and after a short jaunt we landed in Winslow, a small town of less than 10k population (this pop stat was later disputed by the gift shop attendent who swears it's only 6k and that they must be including the pop at the local prison, ha ha ha). Winslow consists of two major one way streets that It was not hard to find the famous "Eagles Corner" as it is THE attraction in town. (see pics). Once we reached THE corner, we busted out the camera's. We encountered two lovely gals from New Zealand (the Eagles really draw a global crowd) who gladly took our picture in front of the Bronze statue (see pics). After shopping for some Route 66 nick nacks and post cards, we stopped at Sonic for some root beer floats we were back on the road for our long stretch to Albuquerque, NM.
After cruising through the gorgeous country side and Navajo indian resrevations along I-40 we noticed we had been traveling consistently with a Gold Ford F-150 with couches in the bed of the truck. We had been passing each other but stayed steady and came to get comfortable and familiar with this stranger in the truck. We exchanged some friendly waves. Then, Mike the driver of the truck (how do we know his name you ask..
We arrived in Old Towne Albuquerque within an hour, we had a late lunch at Little Anita's that consisted of authentic New "Mexican" cuisine. A refreshing twist on our classic mexican favorites
We left Albuquerque and continued East to Amarillo for the last 4 hour portion of our drive. We are a few hours behind schedule due to passing through two time zones and getting a late start. But we have no regrets as we enjoyed EVERY minute of our daily adventure. This stretch was long, visually un-eventful and really dark. Luckily we missed all of the storms today and stayed dry the whole way, not even one bolt of lightening entered our view. Betty the GPS, got with the program and has been on point all day. This portion of the trip was filled with crazy Mad Libs and a long game of "Would you Rather?" (includes questions like: Would you rather... have an extremely adhesive face or have a pencil sharpener nostral? we chose Nostral of course. What benefit is their to having crap stuck to your face?)
We arrived in Amarillo around 1am and checked in to the excellent Days Inn where we were greated with more smiling faces and news of fresh biscuits, gravy and scrambled eggs in the morning (deluxe continental, better than the corn flakes and mini bagels in Flagstaff)! woo hoo!
So now we're all settled in updating our friends and relaxing before hitting the sack. We are tierd but satisfied with another awesome day on the road filled with new stories and great people. In the morning we'll be checking out the Cadilac ranch and the Big Texan before heading into Tornado Alley and on to Arkansas.
Ta Ta for Now!
Dest & Em