Friday, August 23, 2013

10th day away from home (August 19th, 2013)

7:16 a.m. we are leaving the hotel in Williams, Arizona.
It is a beautiful sunny day, the temperature is 57°F.  My kind of weather but I know it will be heating up considerably during the day.

We decided to drive through the historic part of Williams.
The historic Rt. 66 used to go through the town.  We stopped by the sign and took photos here and there.  If you click here it will tell you about the history of the town.  An Aunt and Uncle of Gregg used to live in Williams at one time, but they moved years ago.     

We are on the road again heading towards the Grand Canyon at 7:56 a.m.Mid morning we stopped at the Grand Canyon Red Lake Hostel for gas.  I stayed in the car while Gregg filled it with gas and he went into the store to pay.  He bought me a Rt. 66 mug for our collection back home.  We usually buy one when on our travels. 

Only a few feet away there was this interesting sight.  A line of mailboxes.  

8.45 a.m. and we arrived at the Grand Canyon.  At our first overlook we met a young Italian couple who offered to take our photo. People see us setting up the tripod and more often than not ask if we would like them to take our photo.  We of course offer to do the same.  

We met a father and daughter at another overlook who were on the way to Texas.  She was heading to school and this was a special father/daughter journey.  

Soon after that we met a French couple, and so it went on, meeting people from not only the United States but from many parts of the world.

We kept our eyes open for birds and saw lots of hawks flying around.  I actually saw this unidentified bird but it was heavily covered in a tangle of branches....

and flew off without me being able to identify it.  It was blue, that's all I can say.

There were rock squirrels who were very brave sitting on the edge of many a long drop.  They had a better head for heights than I did.

Fascinating little things, very comfortable in their lofty surroundings and happy to pose.

About 11.30 a.m our son called. We lost the connection a couple of times but managed a decent conversation, telling him where we were on our journey.  He has been here before so had a good idea of our surroundings and it was fun chatting for a while.  

On the way in we saw this sign but no mountain lions were spotted today.  

12.01 p.m.  it started raining hard for the first time since we left Tennessee. We had seen a big dark cloud in the distance with rumblings of thunder and heavy streaks of lightning.  We seemed to keep ahead of it most of the time.  It caught up with us when we had been down at the Tower.  I will be sharing more about the Tower in another post.  

There was a good walk back to the car but the rain was very refreshing and didn't bother us at all.

We made our way around the the other overlooks and eventually found ourselves heading to Kenab, Utah where we were staying the night.

We stopped for lunch at 2.30 p.m. at a service center.  There were Native Indian children at the deli with their parents and the gentleman behind the counter was also Native Indian.

We finally reached 3028 miles in our journey at 4.40 p.m. and we reached the hotel in Kanab, Utah at around 7.00 p.m.

This journey only affirms to me how much I enjoy being in the Southwest.