We headed to the Holbrook Golf Course late morning. It’s a pretty course surrounded by rock outcrops. No one really manages it this time of year, so a couple workers told us to just take a cart and go play. So that’s what we did. The course was empty for most of our play but then a few people came. We only played 9 holes because the temperature was in the mid 90’s. Then we headed home had a cookout with cocktails and relaxed.
Today we headed up to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Parks. Even though they have different names, the parks are combined. We started on the North side at the visitors center and watched a movie on the parks.
The drive through the parks is about 30 miles. Along the way there are various overlooks and places to do short hikes. We stopped to see the refurbished Painted Desert Inn. This was also a Harvey House Hotel in the 50’s. Another stop was the old Studebaker where old RT 66 was. Looking at it you wouldn’t have known there was ever a road there. We also stopped to walk along some old pueblo dwellings and see hundreds of petroglyphs.
This is a short travel day for us. We had coffee and relaxed, then started our pre and day of departure list. We were on the road by 915am. We only traveled 60 miles west to Holbrook AZ and got all set up at the KOA by 11045am. We took a drive to check out a golf course here and then stopped for some much needed groceries. Then we relaxed outside with some cocktails and I practiced harmonic.
This morning we sat outside enjoying coffee along Rt 66 with 66 degrees. Nice morning. Later this morning we headed down the road to Meteor Crater Natl Landmark. The Meteor that hit 50,000 years ago was half the size of a football field but left a hole a mile in circumference and 700 feet deep. We watched a short movie about the meteor and then took a ranger guided ½ mile hike along the rim.
Now we headed about 30 miles to Walnut Canyon Natl Monument. About 900 years ago people built dwellings in the side of the cliffs. We watched a short movie about the area and then took a mile hike. It was only a mile, but we had 240 steps down and then the hike and then 240 steps up. We took our time and it was a little overcast which was nice. The hike took us around a rock formation called the island. Along this path were all different dwellings. As we looked across the canyon cliffs, we saw a lot of dwellings all over.
With our hike done, we headed to Twin Arrows Casino which was on the way back. First we took a break at the bar and I had a couple lemon drop martini’s. We played some video poker, slots and blackjack. Had a couple more cocktails and then headed home.