Today was filled with the adventure of traveling in an unfamiliar place and doing fun things others might say, "Do we have to?" about.
Step 1 today: See if I could remember how to drive my rental car. Check.
I really like driving a smaller car AND I really like driving the Prius. I'm not so crazy about the visibility out of its windows, but I love the key less start and how the whole thing works. I actually figured out the radio today and found an NPR station! I have always known I love PBS and NPR, but another confession...I'm a public media nerd. You might be a public media nerd too if: all the radio buttons on your alarm clock are set to your local NPR station. Or, all your car radios have button # ____ (mine is 5) set to your favorite local NPR station. Or, your computer home page is set to NPR.org. But back to my adventure. I did figure out the radio and I didn't have to read the manual.
Step 2: Go some place WILD. Check.
While researching my trip this place kept popping up. The name alone enticed me. It's a wildlife park you actually drive through. Are there many of these in the US? It was calling to me...come visit! So I did. Here's a TON of pictures from my time there.
|Big Horn Sheep|
Scary when they are pacing!
And other animals...
|For Katy Perry!|
|Badger...Very Cool, have never seen one of these!|
|Two different fox|
There was a Birds of Prey show. Went to it and sat front and center. I got hit by the wings of the last Owl as it was swooping back and forth over us.
|I love photo spots!|
Step 3: Eat lunch and Travel on an OLD road. Check and check.
Did you know that Route 66 was the first paved road connecting Chicago to Santa Monica? It was decommissioned in 1985.
|Some of the color of the strip in Williams, AZ|
Step 4: Go some place OUT OF THIS WORLD. Check,
Meteor Crater. It hit Earth over 50,000 years ago! Cool!!!
|It is 6 miles off the beaten path...I had Prairie Dogs run in front of me as I was driving! |
Wild Prairie Dogs, I was so excited!
|"Vanna" at the Crater|
|It is one big hole, but it's really hard to fathom just how big it really is with nothing to reference against.|
|Down at the bottom. (Confession #3, not really. Were you fooled?)|
Step 5: Re-nourish your soul.
Will be working on this over the next few days.
Red Rocks of Sedona, AZ
|One of the views from my hotel room|
What I learned today: I can get to point A, B, C & D without a GPS! And I like not being bound by a clock or "have to's".