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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Day Seven

Started off our day with a (not so healthy) McDonalds breakfast, then went back to Sunset Crater where we started to look round yesterday, to finish off the walks and view points there as the ticket is valid for seven days, which is a good job!

They had a monument called 'Wupatki' we could look round which is a remaining ruin where people lived and worked, by Sunset Crater.

"Wupatki appears empty and abandoned. Though it is no longer physically occupied, Hopi believe the people who lived and died here remain as spiritual guardians. Stories of Wupatki are passed on among Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and perhaps other tribes. Members of the Hopi Bear, Sand, Lizard, Rattlesnake, Water, Snow, and Katsina Clans return periodically to enrich their personal understanding of their clan history. Wupatki is remembered and cared for, not abandoned."

Also came across a poor snake who'd unfortunately been run over by an RV.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Day Six

Set off this morning for Sunset Crater where there was a volcanic eruption sometime around 1080 and 1150 AD, which has left lots of volcanic ash and lava still here today which we were able to walk on.

Didn't do all the walks around the crater as we were so hungry and couldn't find the place where we wanted to eat for breakfast.

By a twist of fate we ended up at the breakfast place (Mike and Ronda's diner) - where we pretty much demolished three giant portions within five minutes. Not surprising really.

Decided to stay in downtown Flagstaff and look around the historic area which was interesting, lots of lovely old buildings and boutique shops.

Currently posting this from the pool area as we are planning on having a relaxing afternoon after this mornings hike.


Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Forest Snaps

Playing with camera settings, a few photographs from the forest by the back of our hotel..where we got lost! X

Day Five

On the road, we set off for Flagstaff this morning as part of our first road trip out of Phoenix.
Took us longer to get here than expected as we missed the only turn-off for Flagstaff, and ended up in Winslow instead; however, this lead us to "standin' on the corner of Winslow Arizona" - as made famous by the Eagles. And so we did.

We're staying at the 'Little America' hotel - great place, a lovely room too, and it has it's own part of the forest around the back, which we had a walk around but got a bit...lost, and ended up in an RV park, oops!

Also stopped off at Tonto Natural Bridge on our journey towards Flagstaff, but it was so hot, and more humid here than in Phoenix, we could barely manage the hike.

- Plans for tomorrow include going in caves and on a lava flow! X