Friday, May 27, 2011
Day 6: Carlsbad NM to Holbrook, AZ
When we had seen enough, we headed northwest towards Holbrook. The driving was easy; the roads were partly 4-lane and mostly 2-lane, with 65mph speed limit most of the way. With hardly any traffic, the time went well.
Bar enjoyed the drive, absorbing the scenery as it changed from flat to small puffy mountains to real mountains. Yellow grass, green grass, barren, or lush, we saw a little of all of those and more. Colors changed constantly from yellow to orange to red to brown to white to black. Very interesting topography.
Sure enough, as we approached Pie Town, I saw a small building with "PIES" on it, so I stopped. We went in and bought two slices of pie. I got a Chocolate Meringue and she got an Apple. I hope they are good; they were $4.95 EACH! Ordinarily I would not have paid that much, but it was unusual, and I'm on vacation, so I did. I plan to eat it when I finish this blog.
Finally, we spotted the sign to the Painted Desert National Park. We pulled in and stopped at a tourist trap to use the bathrooms and to look around. I ended up buying a chunk of petrified wood. I've been amazed at petrified wood since the first time I realized it existed, so having a piece is great. Bar bought some, too.
Then we entered the park itself. My expectations were exceeded. There were pieces of petrified wood all over the place. Pieces along the road, pieces at exhibits, pieces in the distance. We even found one whole tree spanning a dry gulch. So very neat!
From there, we jumped on I-40 and headed to Holbrook and the motel. We got checked in and went looking for a place to eat. We found a good Italian restaurant and had a great dinner. I had lasagna and she had spaghetti. Both were delicious.
From there, we returned to the room.