We have been fortunate enough to live at one of the Wonders of the World for nearly seven years. We came there in 2010 for a winter workamping gig, and stuck around for lots of reasons. During that time we sold our 5th wheel and purchased our Winnebago motorhome. After a few long journeys in the RV we knew we were ready to get back out on the road.
Before we left today, we spent the morning at one of our favorite parts of the South Rim, Desert View. It was a nice place to say goodbye to the Canyon and get reintroduced to being tourists.
Once we left the park we took a short drive down to another big hole...Meteor Crater. We had been talking about stopping here for years, so we decided to do this as our last park in Arizona. The campground is very nice and friendly staff greet you in the store, but if you are going to see the crater anyway, go there first and you can get a 20% off coupon for one night stay at the campground.
After settling in we went to the crater and enjoyed the views and the museum and movie at the visitor center. The crater was formed 50,000 years ago when a 145 foot meteorite had a rather abrupt stop to its travels in what would become the Arizona desert. The crater is one of the best preserved in the world, and the research that proved it was from a meteor impact and not a volcano was used to identify hundreds of other impact sites on Earth. But, like Grand Canyon, you have to go out to really get the full effect.
You can't tell since I don't have hair, but it was super windy up on the viewing platforms - hence no hat.
After a few hours of exploring to get the full impact, we headed back home. Over the next few weeks we will be making our way East to our summer destination in Maine.
I'll leave you now with a parting shot of the canyon that Sue took.