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The Taxman Cometh . . .

I’m still finishing up trying to give the Devil his due, by tomorrow. So you’re getting a colorful repost from 9 years ago, during our 3rd year on the road.


April 4, 2010

Petrified Forest and Great Pie…

Today, after spending the night in Gallup, NM, we headed back to Las Vegas on the tail end of our road trip.

After having breakfast at the hotel, we headed out about 8am to drive the 65 miles to the Petrified Forest National Park. I had visited here with my parents during our Out West trip during the summer of 1964, and was looking forward to seeing it again.

The Petrified Forest is a 28 mile loop that that also takes you through part of the Painted Desert. So it’s a twofer.

And the Painted Desert certainly lived up to its name. You can click to enlarge any of these pictures.

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Then it was on to the Petrified Forest itself. And the colors of the petrified wood almost  matched the Painted Desert.

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This area is known as the Crystal Forest and lives up to its name.

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Below is Old Faithful, the largest, most complete petrified log in the world.

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This the skull of a Phytosaur, a crocodile-like animal that lived in the area when this was a forest during the Late Triassic period 200 million years ago. It was about 17 feet long and weighed 2100 pounds.

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And here’s what it probably looked like.

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And these are some of the other animals roaming here back then.

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And, for what it’s worth, here’s a picture of Albert Einstein and his wife visiting the Petrified Forest. Based on the age of the car, this is his 2nd wife, Elsa. Elsa was Alberta’s first cousin on their mother’s side and second cousin on their father’s side. Talk about the  possibility of inbreeding!

Maybe that’s why they never had kids.

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Leaving the Petrified Forest we passed thru Holbrook, AZ and stopped to get gas. Holbrook used to be a main stop on Route 66, and still seems to be a vibrant tourist town. As we were almost to the Interstate I saw something on the left hand side of the road that brought back a flood of memories.

A Wig Wam Motel. And it’s still in business.

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I had forgotten until I saw the place again, but we stayed here during our trip in 1964. It’s good to see that see that it’s still up and running. I also remember staying at the Wig Wam Motel in Bessemer, AL in the late 50’s, early 60’s.

Coming into Flagstaff, we always enjoy the view of the snow-covered San Francisco Mountains. It’s amazing how much snow is still there this time of the year.

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Passing thru Flagstaff, we got into Williams, AZ about 12:30 pm. Based on the recommendation of our friend’s Nick and Terry Russell, we wanted to eat lunch at the Pine Country Restaurant. They had eaten there and said the food was OK, but the pies were fantastic. The slices were enormous, and they were delicious, too.

Nick and Terry were in Williams too, but they were spending the day taking the Grand Canyon Railway day trip, so we didn’t get to see them. But we did track down their RV in the Railway RV park and leave them a note about how much we enjoyed the pie.

On our way into Kingman, AZ we saw signs saying the route back to Las Vegas over the Hoover Dam was very congested due to Spring Break crowds.

Well, that was just dam inconvenient.

So we decided to come back the slightly-longer way over to Laughlin and then up through Searchlight and home.

Getting back into Las Vegas we decided to stop for supper at the IHOP right down the street from the RV park before heading back to the rig.

Arrived home to find that the rig and the cats were all OK.

Although we enjoyed our trip, it’s good to be home.


Thought For The Day:

The opinions expressed here have not been peer reviewed, fact checked or focus group tested.

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