Summer 2013 - Southwest
Take Two

Albuquerque, NM To Williams, AZ

347 Miles/555 Km

August 6, 2013

Williams Information Grand Canyon Railway Information

Route Map

Destination Map

Photographs and Commentary
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Today's trip is relatively short so we took our time getting out of our hotel in Albuquerque and got on the road around 9am. Since we lose another hour today (Arizona does not change to daylight savings time) I thought we would make a stop at Meteor Crater, about a hour and a half east of our destination. We were not long under way when we hit our first shower and we had showers on and off the whole trip. By the time we got to Williams it was raining steadily and the temperature was down in the low 60s.

When we got to Meteor Crater it was not raining. We went out to the observation decks and looked at the crater from a couple of different perspectives before we went into the museum and then to the theater. The short film in the theater was nothing more than an advertisement for a foundation that is trying to find ways to deflect incoming meteors before they hit the earth. I'm all for saving mankind, but I was in that theater to get more insight into what happened here thousands of years ago. All in all, this stop was a disappointment. I had wanted to see meteor crater ever since I flew over it several years ago and I'm glad I saw it. All I can say that if you are passing by the crater on your way somewhere, by all means do so. However, I would not go out of my way to come here.

This is what the area looked like before the meteor struck

This is the aftermath

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