Good day everyone! Welcome to this drive around Winslow, Williams and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. As I mentioned, I have been to just about every area of the Grand Canyon…some of it a number of times but when I was finished with my visit in and around Williams I wasn’t quite ready to go back to the hotel and there were a few things that showed up when I was researching that I didn’t remember seeing at the Grand Canyon before so I thought I would head on up…even though I am going to be in the area again in about a week. You can never see too much of the Grand Canyon…and I get in free because of that Senior National Park Pass my sister bought me 3 years ago and it only cost her $10, it went to $20 in 2018. I had saved a lot with it the weekend she bought it for me…I saved a huge amount when I went on my Utah/Arizona trip in 2017, my I-90 road trip in 2018 and I am saving even more this trip! The price went up on the Senior Pass but if you are going to be traveling around the country when this quarantine lifts it is well worth the money! You have to be 62, a US citizen and the cost is now $80 and it covers up to 4 adults in your car and children under 16 are free so it makes for very inexpensive travel to the national parks.!
Ok…commercial for the national park pass is over! 🙂
Here are a few shots leaving Flagstaff heading to Winslow...
My first stop after leaving the hotel was to Winslow, AZ. I saw a sign when I was heading to the hotel yesterday so I checked it out after I settled into the hotel and put it on the list. It required a little back-tracking in the wrong direction but off I went to Meteor Crater National Landmark. Admission is $18, $16 for seniors…it is not a national park…it is a national landmark which is actually privately owned. There is a panoramic image near the end but it doesn’t do the place justice. This crater is massive!
I visited the website. It appears it will be reopening May 21, 2020 and the RV & campsite that is there opened on the 16th. If you are curious and want more information, here is the link to the website:
Next I headed to Williams. I can’t remember why I headed there but maybe when I post the pictures it will come back to me. This is a cool town! It is a combination of current times mixed with the 50/60’s. I photographer friend told me to go check out a particular shop that a friend of his owns…Open Road Cowboy, Jay Redfeather owner. This shop has guns, knives, pencil drawings from the owner, hand tooled leather work, etc. If you are in town you should check it out and it is on historic Route 66! If you want to check out the store, here is a link to his Facebook page:
Here is a quick tour of Williams through my eyes…there is a video of the robotic cowboy at the end…he is a little slow starting but he does have something to say!
Next stop Bearizona…I had been to the other location owned by the family on my I-90 road trip last fall…Bear Country USA in Rapid City, SD. It is a drive through sanctuary/zoo. Some of the animals were born here, some rescued after the forests they were living in burned. The animals are allowed to roam free though at the same time kept separate from other animals. You drive one way through the park and can go through as often as you would like…at least that is what I was told. They also had buses that took people through…owned by the park. From what I understand it is open now during quarantine because you are alone in your car and not going to be within 6′ of anyone else.
Out of order here but to be included is a stop to Rocks & More…the rocks were pretty but it is the “more” that got me to stop…lots of metal sculptures of horses & their riders! Rocks & More is in Williams but on the road to the Grand Canyon…The predominant rock inside appeared to be Amethyst but there was also some pink which if I remember correctly was Rhodonite…though I could be wrong on this.
Next stop…south rim of the Grand Canyon…it is so spectacular no words are needed!
When I visit next week I am going to Mather Point. I did not realize I had been here before but I recognized it as soon as I arrived. Even though I had been there before there is a section and sign I had never seen before…it involves the crash of TWA and United Airlines planes back on June 30, 1956. Everyone on board both planes died. I was barely walking back when that happened but I don’t remember ever hearing anything about it and I had not seen the sign regarding it on past visits. More on that when I visit again next week.
Another busy day tomorrow with 5-6 stops or more…be sure to come back!