June 21, 2009

Day 7 - Sedona and Meteor Crater

Today we decided to backtrack a little and go to Sedona since we ran out of time yesterday. Before that, we stopped at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ. It's along historic Route 66 and some of the ideas from the movie Cars came from this motel (or the one in Rialto, CA).

Me with the teepees and the classic cars (including our Prius - it'll be a classic one day!)

Is this the inspiration for Mater from the movie Cars? Maybe a combo of both?
Historic Route 66

Then we were off to Sedona. Our first stop was the Sedona Visitor's Center. I highly recommend stopping at the Visitor Center if you're unsure of what you want to do in the area you're at. We knew we wanted to see certain rock formations, we just didn't know how to get there. The helpful folks at the Visitor Center gave us a map and directions to where we wanted to go. Jenn wanted to see Snoopy Rock. The guide at the Visitor Center told us to turn around and look out the window. There it was! Pretty funny!

Jenn with Snoopy Rock - can you guess which one it is? Hint: it's one of the smaller formations

Next was the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a chapel built into the surrounding rocks. Quite impressive!

On the way to our next stop, I spotted this local:

And these crazy creatures:
Actually, it was the Ye Olde UFO Store, a museum/shop in Sedona. We did a quick walk through and saw some interesting things!

Then it was off to the Meteor Crater, a 50,000 year old impact crater in the middle of the Arizona desert. It's a National Monument but since it's privately owned, the admission was $15 each! But we really wanted to see it so we paid and took in the views.

Jenn walked all the way down into the crater. I said no way, I'm staying at the top!
Just kidding! This is a photo taken with a backdrop at the museum.


Tammy said...

I'm blind...I don't see Snoopy.

WishTrish said...

Hi! I am perusing blogs looking at others' Meteor Crater posts. I blogged my family's stop there today. I love the tricksy shot with the back drop. Looks like you're having a great time! Cheers!