Arizona: Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest


As I write this, the snow is coming down hard in Flagstaff. It’s so strange that just a few days ago we were wearing short-sleeved shirts.

 Yesterday, I finally saw the Grand Canyon for the first time. It was definitely worth all the hype and beyond. My feeling on looking out on that vastness from Mather Point was just awe. It is amazing to look out on that endless expanse. Just before I got to the lookout, snow flurries began to fall. The wind was quite cold so Lee and I took turns looking at the canyon and we left the boys in the car. They didn’t seem to mind much and Lee thought it was better to reduce chances of them getting hurt.

 The day before we had balmy temperatures at the Petrified Forest National Park, less than 3 hours away to the south. This was a completely different landscape. There were no evergreen trees. Instead, we saw dry grass mixed in with petrified wood. The wood is so strange to see- inside are colorful crystals. I’ve never seen anything like that.  We took the whole family on a walk around Crystal Forest. The kids enjoyed running more than looking at the logs.

 We also saw Meteor Crater, which was one of Lee’s favorite sites. This was a giant crater which went down some 500 feet. What was impressive was it was by a very high tech, well constructed museum which gave the history of meteors. It was privately owned, not by the government. It was developed for something so remote. It was definitely worth seeing.

Today we have our first experience of driving through the snow on this trip. Off to the Sedona area!

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