Vacation 2009 - Part 3

April 29, 2009


This is part 3 of my 2009 vacation. On Wednesday morning I left my hotel in Albuquerque, NM and continued west on I-40. If you are ever traveling through Arizona on I-40, be sure to visit the Petrified Forest. The highway through this national park roughly follows I-40. There are lots of turnouts on the highway, each of which requires minimal effort on your part. It would be a pleasant drive even if you never left your car, and I suspect that would add only about two hours to your trip.


Scenes along I-40. [07]

Me at the east entrance to Petrified Forest National Park. [09]

Motorcycle tourists from Germany. [10]

Painted Desert. [11]

Painted Desert. [12]

Painted Desert. [13]

Painted Desert. [14]

Painted Desert. [15]

Painted Desert. [16]

Painted Desert. [17]

Painted Desert. [18]

Painted Desert. [19]

Painted Desert. [20]

Painted Desert. [21]

Painted Desert. [22]

Painted Desert. [23]

Painted Desert. [24]

Painted Desert. [25]

Pueblo ruins. [27]

Pueblo ruins. [28]

Pueblo ruins. [32]

Information about the pueblo ruins. [26]

Petroglyphs near the pueblo ruins. [29]

Petroglyphs near the pueblo ruins. [31]

Information about the petroglyphs near the pueblo ruins. [30]

Newspaper Rock. When I was here in 1974 you could walk down to it, but not anymore. [33]

Adjacent to Newspaper Rock. [34]

An area known as "The Teepees". [35]

The Teepees. [36]

The Teepees. [37]

Note the petrified log... [40]

Large pieces of the log which have broken off and rolled downhill. [39]

Large pieces of the log which have broken off and rolled downhill. [39]

Surreal moonscape. [41]

Surreal moonscape. [42]

Surreal moonscape. [43]

Surreal moonscape. [44]

Agate Bridge. [45]

Information about Agate Bridge. [46]

Continuing on I-40 to Flagstaff. Smoke from a fire near Flagstaff. I turned north before I got to the fire. [47]

I don't remember the name, but it's within Grand Canyon National Park. [48]

Grand Canyon. Colorado River. [49]

Grand Canyon. [50]

Grand Canyon. [51]

Grand Canyon. [52]

Grand Canyon. [53]

Grand Canyon. [54]

Grand Canyon. [55]

Grand Canyon. [59]

Grand Canyon. Plateau Point. [60]

Grand Canyon. [62]

Grand Canyon. Compare to next picture. Colors change as sun sets. [58]

Grand Canyon. Compare to previous picture. Colors change as sun sets. [61]

Indian Gardens and Plateau Point. I'll be down there tomorrow.... [65]

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