If you are ever in the Flagstaff area there are things to do and places to see. There is, first of all, that really REALLY big thing, the Grand Canyon:
As I said, it’s a really big thing. And if you should slip while you are looking over the edge, it would be best to have a parachute – just in case:
If you are tired of looking at rocks that form a big hole in the ground, you can drive a short distance south and see some nice rocks that rise up from the ground. These would be the red rocks of Sedona:
Another thing you could do is ride out to Second Mesa. This is a long drive. Straight drive:
With only lovely horses for company:
And some beautiful tiny flowers along the roadside:
But whatever you choose to do, you will have plenty of time to do it because…….
You are now in the Hotel Arizona. And…
You can check out any time you want,
But you can never leave!
We know this because we tried to leave today and encountered:
Horrific wind and dust storm. The wind was so bad the highway patrol closed the highway after we had driven – VERY SLOWLY (and very carefully) – about 28 miles or so. Ambulances and police came flying past us. We could not immediately see the reason. Finally, everything came to a stand-still. Well, except for one poor guy who, apparently, had to go potty so badly he ran from his car to a fence some yards from the road, and, to preserve modesty (but not cleanliness) he broke a cardinal rule and did his whiz facing the wind. Now don’t get all excited, because I felt sorry for him and did not take his photo.
Traffic did not move for about 45 minutes. Then, I called bestest friend in the whole world who looked up information on internet for me and discovered that wind storm was causing the closing of the highway until sometime in the late afternoon or evening. This is the main highway heading east out of Flag for New Mexico. Believe me, there is nothing else out there.
On first chance, we took an exit and circled back towards Flagstaff on the overpass you can just barely see in the photo. We had phoned our RV park to beg for our space back – which was, mercifully, granted.
As we limped back, at about 15 to 20 miles per hour (I do not exaggerate - and sometimes even slower) and absolutely petrified the entire way – to the point of literally screaming in fear – the wind pushed and tossed the RV and finally ripped one of the vent domes completely off the roof. (I’m sitting in an RV repair shop waiting room as I type).
AngelSpouse says at least he learned that I have no problem making decisions under stress because in the middle of my panic I screamed, “I WANT TO GO BACK NOW!”
Here is some of what the wind did:
There were also a couple of FedEx trucks overturned and a pickup truck pulling a fifth wheel that completely overturned onto its roof - and that I was too paralyzed to photograph.
We finally got back to the RV park and I made another decision: We are staying for another TWO nights. And THEN we will be continuing our journey in another direction – as soon as I can work out a new itinerary. That is…I will if we ever get the roof vent fixed and get out of the RV service garage.
So before you check in to the Hotel Arizona, make sure you have backup contingency plans for making your escape.
After I fully recover from this “experience”, here’s a little something I would love to have:
Isn’t that little guy just the cutest thing sitting up there pretty-as-you-please being royally towed on his own little tiny trailer? I has gots to get me one a them!
And, in closing, my dear bloggy friends, I would like to leave you with AngelMay's new travel tip:
If you are traveling with a GPS, never never program "HOME" into it. If it is stolen, the thief can go directly to your home - and clean your clock since he knows you are not there. So do what AngelMay has done and program "HOME" to take you directly to the police station in your town. (This assumes, of course, that you already know how to find your own home.)
Well, that's my story.....