Day 4: Gallup is a major craft outlet for the Pueblo Indians. We spent several morning hours shopping. I bought a chunk of blue turquoise. Years ago I carved a small turquoise frog, and I want to try carving a larger something. Kathy bought some necklaces for her kids. We left Gallup about 11 am. Next on the agenda was the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert National Park which took us the rest of the day. The park has some startling and beautiful vistas, well worth the price and time. We spent the night in Winslow, AR, a well-known Route 66 town. It's also a railroad town. The tracks run parallel with the 'Mother Road.' I counted at least three during the night. Almost non-existent wireless.
Day 5: We were up early and on our way to the Grand Canyon National Park. On the way, we stopped to visit the largest meteorite crater in the US. It's a big hole. Ate lunch in Flagstaff and took the scenic route north to the park. Arrived there about 2pm. The Canyon is amazing, incredible, and too large to comprehend. The crowds were huge and from everywhere in the world. And I thought this was the off season! We're spending the night in Cameron, a town on the nearby Navajo land. There are many roadside craft stands between the park and the motel. We stopped at one. I saw my first mountain lion crossing sign today. I'll try to get a picture of it tomorrow when we return to the park.
Our pictures are now in an ordered set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7ony/sets/72157622219430003/