We drove from Kingman, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The original plan for the day was to see the Grand Canyon on the way, but the weather conditions were not conducive. The roads were icy and there was poor visibility [and we were all really tired from the previous 4 days of sight-seeing] so we decided to forgo the Grand Canyon. It's one of those places that we will definitely see at some point in our lives. We stopped in Flagstaff, Arizona up in the snowy mountains for some lunch, and then we stopped at the Petrified Forest National Park (which was in New Mexico, I think).
Driving up into the snowy mountains in Arizona
We passed all the signs for the Grand Canyon but didn't go :(
The view from the main street of Flagstaff, Arizona... where we stopped for lunch
This is the "Painted Desert" in the Petrified Forest National Park.
Us and the painted desert
More desert... with snow
We saw some exciting wildlife... deer
Sunset in the Petrified Forest National Park. I'm not sure why it's still called a forest because there are no trees... but apparently a long time ago there were lots of trees, and they got petrified. When I think of the word 'petrified' I think 'scared to death'... so it is my opinion that all the trees got scared and shrunk into the little bushes that you can see in this picture :). Scientifically, however, 'petrified' means that the trees were hardened and compressed, and now look like rocks... but we could never decide if what we were looking at was a rock or a petrified tree.
Jan 11th - Monday
Our last day of the road trip was 14 hours on the road. We didn't stop anywhere exciting (unless you count gas stations and Subway sandwiches), and we took no pictures... we were pretty focussed on getting home!
We drove from Albuquerque, New Mexico all the way home to Siloam Springs, Arkansas and arrived home around 10pm.