Friday, January 10, 1997
Albuquerque, NM to Williams, AZ
3:16 pm: We’re in Arizona now. It’s been a fairly uneventful day. Last night, Bonnie ended up staying in our room. She didn’t feel like driving back to the other hotel. It was a little crammed last night since there were 8 of us in the room. I got to sleep on a bed for the first time since we left Charlotte. I’d been on the floor for the first 3 nights and finally took the bed. I must have slept well because everyone said I was snoring loudly.
The girls met us at 9:30 this morning and we were out of Albuquerque by 10am. We stopped for lunch at about 12 at a Denny’s near Red Rocks Park. After we ate, we stopped at Red Rocks – really gorgeous. We all carved into the rock, which is actually red clay. (NOTE FROM 2007: We all carved our initials and the date into the clay. But instead of writing '97, I stupidly carved '96...I still wasn't used to the new year yet!)
We got back on the road for a while and stopped at the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert but didn’t go in because it cost $5 and was a 45-minute drive. We need to save our money for the Grand Canyon and we didn’t have the time. Too bad. So here we are, driving to Williams, AZ so we’ll be close to the Canyon. I’m really looking forward to it.
7:45 pm: Now we’re in Williams, AZ in our hotel. Really nice place with two bedrooms, a living room, and two bathrooms. The mountains were amazing. We almost stopped at a national meteor park, but it cost $7!
Williams, AZ:Dinner was nice. Andrew and I split up from everyone and at Chinese food. So good. When we asked a waitress what there was to do in this town, she replied, “Well, it’s high school basketball season, so we go to the games.” Very interesting. These small towns are funny.
Random notes: We passed the Continental Divide, so rivers now flow west, not east. There was a cop scare when Willer was nearly pulled over, but the guy in front of him got caught instead. And, Mike called a casino in Vegas and asked, “How much is it to gamble at your casino?” He meant to ask, “How old do you have to be?” but got a bit nervous.