So I began the day by traveling into New Mexico to Aztec Ruins National Monument. I really liked this site. Very accessible and they gave us an interpretative booklet (on loan) to read. The booklet included oral history which goes along with the site. Maybe the best part for me, I love oral histories. This was once at places three stories high, used mostly for ceremonies. There is a grand Kiva there that has been reconstructed, so cool. Photos next, when you see the doorways, I had to stoop down (sometimes a lot) and I am 5'3" and some were very narrow--reminded me of Scott's telling me about the Irish Castle they went to.
Headed on down the road west, had planned to do the South rim of the Grand Canyon as well as a couple of other places but somewhere around Shiprock, New Mexico I jigged when I should have jagged (or something) and by the time I figured out where I was I was 18 miles north of Gallup! Almost due south of where I started! Oh well, I needed an Interstate break anyway! To far to go back so I'm flexible, I went to Painted Desert National Park and Petrified Forest National Park, which are one and the same in two parts. The Painted desert was very pretty, look and see
The Petrified forest was really cool! These were huge, some very long, some long but broken, some you can count the rings on, some you can see the bark-all different but all amazing!
I'm in Flagstaff tonight. It's kind of a mixed bag of emotions as the last time I was here Larry was with me. I drove past the hotel we stayed in and the Chili's where we ate. It was weird and kind of lonely, oh well.