Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Driving north

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 7:38 pm

I didn't sleep too well last night. Just after sunset, we had a four legged visitor with a white stripe down its back. Between him and the various bug life, we opted to sleep in the tent. It was either that or on the picnic table and the picnic table wasn't wide enough for both of us. Once we settled in, the skunk visited once more but then disappeared for the rest of the night. There was one other person in the campground and he had a visitor twice. I slept very lightly the entire night for little reason.

We were on the road by about 7:30 am. The 90 miles of 191 between Clifton and Springerville were windy, stunning and slow going. The Morenci Mine is quite a sight to see, copper mining on such an awesome scale. Both Clifton and Morenci are company towns without much to recommend them, although Morenci does seem slightly nicer.

We arrived at Lyman Lakes State Park at approximately 11:30 am but since the showers didn't appear to have hot water, it didn't seem to have too much to recommend it so we pushed on. We went through Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park which was pretty cool since it was 1974 or so since I was last there. The Painted Desert Inn was worth the detour. Then onto Holbrook, where we're now staying at my very first KOA ever. At least I got a shower. And Steve got to take sunset photos of the Wigwams.

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