Travels with Luna: Flagstaff & Grand Canyon

Two posts in one day! Must be catching up.

After we left Barstow, we hopped on I-40, which runs adjacent to the ruined remains of the Mother Road, Route 66. We stopped in Needles, Calif. for lunch and more gas, and I met a man I know only as Santa George, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War and a sometime charity Santa Claus. We bonded over my tattoo. Hi, Santa George.

Luna and I drove through the Mojave Desert across the state border to Arizona. (Our hottest recorded temperature of the trip was right at the border, which was a modest 108° F.) Joshua trees gradually yielded to sagebrush, sagebrush to Ponderosa pines, and then the storms began.

Folks, I was shaking by the time this drive was over. I had over 100 miles of driving through deluge, thunder and lightning, and single-lane backed up traffic due to loads of roadwork going on. Luna and I were grateful to get into the hotel and chill out for the rest of the evening.

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Today we slept in, then packed ourselves up for a day trip out to the Grand Canyon. But first, we stopped in Historic Downtown Flagstaff, so I could find the day’s Scavenger Hunt gift for Andres. He wanted something “old-West-y.” I got him a really cool vase made by a Hopi artist named Joy Navasie, aka Frogwoman. No picture because he should be the first to see it. 🙂 While I was downtown I also saw some really brilliant mural work.

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I will be the first to admit that I’ve never fully understood what the big deal about the Grand Canyon is. But then I got there.

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It really is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever seen. I can understand why the Pueblo people considered it to be holy. It’s awe inspiring.

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Even Luna was impressed. After our short hike out to the rim, we got back to the car and gulped some water down before driving back to Flagstaff.

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What a filth monster. Tomorrow, we leave for New Mexico. Peace.

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