|Richardson’s Trading Post in Gallup, New Mexico, a MUST visit store!|
I stopped at the KOA in Flagstaff on highway 89 just east of downtown. It’s one of the nicest KOAs I have ever visited. I wanted to do some laundry and have a hot shower after a few days of traveling and truck-camping. The campground is a great place to base out of as you explore the Grand Canyon and local attractions like Sedona. The campground is also popular with European travelers so don’t be surprised if you hear 7 or 8 foreign languages being spoken there!
I have passed the Wupatki National Monument at least a dozen times in the last 10 years going north or south on highway 89 but never stopped to visit. Yesterday I decided to explore the park, and what a great place it is. The park is home to numerous stone structures built by the Ancient Pueblo People about 1000 years ago. The area flourished between 1040 and 1100 AD, shortly after the eruption of the nearby Sunset Volcano, making the normally dry soil, rich in volcanic material!
|The lava flow from the Sunset Volcano near Flagstaff, Arizona.|
|Some of the ruins at the Wupatki National Monument.|
|The “Big House” at the Waputki National Monument.|
|A worship circle at the Waputki National Monument.|
|A ballfield where indians played a game similar to lacrosse.|
|An ancient home of the Pueblo People overlooking the grasslands.|
|A box canyon with the San Francisco peaks in the background.|
|My version of “cowboy steak.” Steak, mushroom and tomato sauce… very tasty!|
Now I’m off to Overland Expo 2014, and I hope to see some of my readers there!