We got a late start on the day because we got to bed so late last night. We had dinner at a place in Albuquerque called Mas Tapas. It was the first good dinner we’ve had since being on the road. We have been eating a lot of “road food”. This place had some great veggies. We got the Brussels (of course), grilled artichokes, and a really fresh crisp salad. That’s really the only draw back of traveling like this. It’s so hard to stay healthy! They had a roof top bar and enjoyed some post dinner wine. We didn’t get to sleep until like 1:00am (thats 2:00am Central time ya’ll).
Driving West on I-40 out of Albuquerque is so beautiful. There was even a storm off in the distance and we could see the lightening. I’m not going to post the pictures I took of it because it just doesn’t do it justice. Seeing things like that is only good seeing it with you own eyes (channeling Local Natives).
Mr. P seems to know the car is for sleeping. As soon as we get going, he is out. He doesn’t even do his WTF face anymore!
Our first stop of the day was Continental Divide. Officially crossing over to the West.
On to The Petrified Forest National Park. If you’ve never been here before, you need to go ahead and put it on your list. It is magnificent! You almost feel like you’re on a different planet. The Painted Desert looks like it does because of the mudstone and standstone rocks called the Chinle Formation. Long story short, after millions of years, continental shifts, and erosion, you get what you see here. Pretty cool!
Again, pictures really just don’t do it justice.
So the Petrified Forest isn’t really a forest (Josh). But it used to be. When we had just one continent (Pangea), this area was located around where Costa Rica is now. So it used to be lush jungle type forest. Once it broke apart it landed (roughly) where is it now. The trees were buried and over time the wood crystalized into quartz. Crazy!
After leaving the forest, Mr. P didn’t look so hot. I think because of the elevation along with all the curvy roads…he puked. Poor buddy. We just had one more quick stop before we got to Flagstaff.
The Meteor Crater. A meteor hit several million years ago (or something like that) and left this evidence. Scientist continue to study it to better understand our universe. Just to put the size in perspective, it could hold 20 football fields. WHATTTT!?!?
Just a quick 30 min drive to Flagstaff. Hang in there Mr. P! When we got to the hotel, we provided him with some kitty weed (catnip) and he was content.
We were so exhausted we just ordered room service and hit the bed. Day 4 in the books.