Our next stop was at Meteor Crater. This is the "best-preserved" impact site in the world, which resulted from a collision between an asteroid and the Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. It is one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. There is an indoor and an outdoor viewing area, a nicely done movie documentary about meteors, and an interactive museum. The gift shop has a nice collection of rocks, too. Melody's favorite souvenir was purchased here, as well: a genuine desert cactus!
The next stop was Winslow, AZ, whose claim to fame is being named in the Eagles tune, "Take It Easy." The famous lyric is, "Well I was standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, and such a fine sight to see: it's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin' down to take a look at me." And, sure enough, on a corner in Winslow, AZ, there's a statue of a man leaning on a lamp post, and a mural on the wall behind it of a flatbed Ford with a young lady in the driver's seat. It's likely the most famous tourist attraction in that part of Arizona. There are a few souvenir stores nearby, too, and lots of Eagles memorabilia. Then we grabbed some lunch at an eatery just up the road.
Heading east again, we drove to Holbrook, AZ, and stopped at the Wigwam Motel, a famous landmark along 66. This place is unique because each motel room is an independent structure shaped like a wigwam. There were many more in existence years ago, but only a few remain, and Holbrook's is one of the best examples. The owners keep a nice collection of old cars around the property, too. Melody and I took some pictures, then continued on to our next stop.
We entered Petrified Forest National Park at the south entrance, and drove north through the entire length of the park. We stopped at the Visitor's Center, and made the requisite stops at the various overlooks. There's a cool stop in the park where the road crosses the original alignment of old Route 66, which used to run straight through the park property. It's nice that the park recognizes the importance of this old highway. It began to get very overcast, and soon it began to rain. Unfortunately, it was also closing time for the park, and the visitors centers and old park lodge were no longer open. So we exited at the north entrance and jumped back on Interstate 40.
Have a great day, everyone!