Monday, September 18, 2017 – When we left Williams, Arizona we drove down Route 66, when we could, on our way to the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert. I say “when we could” because it doesn’t exist everywhere it use to. In some places Route 66 has simply been replaced with I-40. In some places both exist with Route 66 buildings being just shells of the originals. Some stretches of Route 66 have been well kept up. Even though I bought 4 books and several maps about Route 66, it is very difficult to know what you want to see. Plus there is a lot of jumping on and off Interstate 40.
I’m basically saying this is not a get on a highway and go for many miles and see lots of stuff. We’re going to be happy we get to see what we get to see.
Here are some photos we took on Saturday between Williams, Arizona and the Petrified Forest in Arizona.
We have seen more mountains than I ever thought we would. This was one place where there were no mountains, just desert for many miles. I’m starting to miss the lush greenness and real grass of our home state, Louisiana.
A lot of states have unique rest areas. Its taken us a bit to get use to having to park with the Big Riggers but we do. This rest stop in Arizona was in the middle of lots of Arizona rocks.
Here we are at Jack Rabbit Trading Post on Route 66.
Here’s Dora and Boots waiting for mom and dad to come back to them!
This is Holbrook, Arizona where the Wigwam Motel, also known as the “Wigwam Villages”, was a motel chain in the United States built during the 1930s and 1940s. The rooms are built in the form of tipis, mistakenly referred to as wigwams. The first photo below is just an old Battery company that still exists but is not in operation.
The License plate says “Doc Hudson”.
Look at this “Tow Maters” Grand Pappy!!!
Check out this old RV!!!
Before we got to the Petrified Forest we came across a massive business Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Company. We had a great time shopping there picking out somethings for all the grand children, their parents, my sister and us. Outside we saw a couple of cool things. In this next photo the the Petrified Wood Company created a small pond out of petrified wood.
Look at this petrified alligator and dinosaur egg clusters.
Finally on our way to the Petrified Forest!
Route 66 somewhere! I forget where we were but this is about average road condition when you are on Route 66.
Next time I’ll share several pictures of the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert.
Today is Monday and we arrived yesterday at Hidden Valley Resort in Tijera, New Mexico. Its an odd RV park. Most parks out west have cleared all the desert away and built a park. This one cleared a little away but left a lot of the yellow weeds and sage bushes usually seen in the desert. We are way up on a mountain on the third level up from Route 66. One cool thing is that there’s tons of rocks just waiting to be painted.
We’re going out tomorrow to see several Route 66 sites around us. Thursday we’re going to ride up to Sante Fe and see what we can see along the way.
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