Ever closer to the Grand Canyon

We travelled for 2 more days and arrived in Williams, Arizona in the evening of the 2nd day.

Interesting formations 3This is what we going to see

Yes it was to take another 2 days from Kearney to reach Williams, the town nearest to the Grand Canyon, but because of the beautiful scenery it was so much more interesting than the states we had recently traversed. We travelled through beautiful mountains and saw stone formations.

The Archway 3The Archway we visited near Kearney

After visiting The Archway we continued West on the I-80 to Colorado where we turned on to the I-70 going South towards New Mexico. Just before the border we stopped near the small town of Pueblo, Colorado to spend our 2nd night on the road. We made no stops on this day except for lunch. The next morning we travelled South and crossed the border from Colorado into New Mexico which, along with Arizona, is very dry but definitely not boring. There was no reading or doing puzzles with all this beauty to enjoy.

Colorado mountains 3Mountains of Colorado

New Mexico Dry mountains 3Dry mountains of New Mexico

We stopped at a Rest Stop which had information on Fort Union and which fortunately also had nice and clean ablution facilities. There were 2 signs describing the fort and the Santa Fe Trail which was protected by the Fort.


Fort Union Santa Fe Trail plaque

About the Santa Fe Trail

Fort Union plaqueAbout the Monument. The missing words are 'abandonment to the Government"

On the way across New Mexico we stopped at an enormous roadside shop and service station selling gorgeous Mexican pottery as well as masses of other things. I just wish that I had written down its name. Besides the pottery 2 items in particular caught my attention. One was a rug with a wolf as its pattern and the other a bench on which customers sat when trying on shoes. Its seat was beautifully decorated with a frontiersman kneeling before the Cross of Christ and on the back was sculpted another frontiersman in the same position. Each of their horses is standing behind them.

Mexican Pottery 2Mexican Pottery

Bench in shopThe beautiful bench

Wolfhound on rugRug with Wolfhound as pattern

Further along in New Mexico we passed through Navajo community land. It was interesting to see how they lived and their serious poverty which reminded me of home where so many live in communities with little hope of improvement. Also similar in character is the fact that alcohol and drugs are serious problems. So very sad for all of them.

After we had crossed over into Arizona we passed a sign to the Meteor Crater, a phenomenon about which Trevor and I have watched a number of documentaries. I was sorry that I had not researched this but until we arrived in Greenville I was unaware of what had been planned for us to get to the Grand Canyon. It was 70 miles from the highway and we just did not have time to drive there and back and spend some time seeing the crater but we know that it would have been amazing.

We arrived in Williams and had a bit of difficulty finding our accommodation, the Ramada Inn. The GPS kept saying that we had arrived at our destination and there was nothing which even vaguely resembled an hotel, let alone the Ramada Inn. Once we found it and checked in we went for a short walk around the area and found a lovely restaurant for dinner.

Tomorrow was to be a big day. We would drive the 60 miles to the Grand Canyon.

About Me

I was born into the early part of the Baby Boomer generation, the 3rd of what came to be a family of 6 daughters. Although both our parents, who are now deceased, had been raised in rural Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) and the 2 eldest daughters were born in a country town, the other 4 of us were all born at home in Durban. Read More

Featured Posts