Where to go, where to go? I was still in "saver" mode so I knew the adventure had to be within driving distance.
My dad winters in Arizona, Sun City to be exact. We've already visited there and while it is nice and warm, the boys would likely be bored being asked to spend a week in the retirement center. I too was more eager to explore some where we hadn't been before. But, if we headed towards Arizona, perhaps Grandpa would be able to join us for an extended family adventure? What about the Grand Canyon? Wasn't it Theodore Roosevelt who remarked that the Grand Canyon is one of those sites every citizen should see?
Unfortunately, I had made up my mind too late in the season to secure lodging directly in the park. However, my sister mentioned Flagstaff as being a good resting place not too far from the park.
The place was gorgeous! I came home with a serious case of kitchen island envy!
Once my dad arrived on Monday, our first stop was a visit to the meteor crater site, located about 30 minutes east of where we were staying. It was an incredibly windy day when we visited. In fact, we later learned they'd had "gale force" winds during our trip. No wonder the guided outdoor tours were cancelled for the day. Instead the ranger gave a very interesting talk in the comforts of the theater where we learned all that you could possibly want to know about a giant hole in the ground (and then some). Here's a picture that Dom took: I totally spaced using the panoramic feature of my camera.
Perfect timing continued to be a theme: as Thing Two had just completed a unit in 7th grade science where he had learned about this crater. He was pretty jazzed to get to see the real deal so soon after hearing about it in school.
Tuesday's adventure would be of the Grand Style....
It was overcast and brisk when we made our first stop here at the Watch Tower near the east entrance of the park.
A few locals had already staked out their resting spot for the day...
We struggled to find a parking spot in the central village area...remarking if this was the "off season" we wouldn't want to experience the park during "high season"
Next up would be an adventure into Sedona. Admittedly, by this time, we were all getting a bit road-n-rock weary so we visited most of these places in the Chevy Chase American vacation style...pull in, take a picture and move on.
As you can see, it was a beautiful day, and we all fought over the chance to ride in the side car...
This little gem was originally the housing built by the mine owners for some of the miners. Not bad for "employee housing".
On our last full day in Arizona, my friend Terri and I took a walking tour of the Historic Route 66. No, we didn't really find our kicks, but we did discover a few photo worthy shots...
All in all, this Spring Break was indeed memorable and family focused! And well....now I realize after walking all those steps, and seeing myself in pictures, what I really need to do...is get myself in better shape!
We headed home, but Dom continues on his grand adventure....please follow him as he heads North to Alaska (yes, you are welcome for that tune wedgie!) His blog