Our first over-night stop was in Springfield, MO. The hotel clerk told us check was at noon, but offered to let us stay longer because a mighty storm front was coming. Nope, we had a schedule to keep, so in the morning we were headed to Oklahoma. The moment we hit OK, we saw a dense dark wall of rain with cars literally disappearing into it. There were no tornadoes, but the intensity of the rain/wind/lightning really freaked out the girls. All I could see were the taillights a slow moving semi that I was hugging maybe 12 feet away. This continued for about 30min until it started to let up. Then it was clear skies the rest of the way to AZ.
We stopped at a Cherokee "trading post" in OK, although I didn't see any Cherokee's, but we saw 2 buffaloes! Then we stopped in Amarillo, TX for the night and had dinner at the "Big Texan", a route 66 attraction. They have their world famous 72 oz. steak. I wasn't brave enough to go for it. No way, did I want that sitting in my gut the next day. We did find it funny that the waiters/waitresses were required to say forced "howdys" and "y'alls".
The next day took us to AZ. However, not before we took a long stretch of route 66 through New Mexico. In an area called "the Narrows", I saw my first natural arch. Then in AZ, on highway 60, we unexpectedly ran into the Salt River Canyon. It was alarmingly breath taking. I can't believe that the Grand Canyon is supposed to be bigger and more beautiful than the Salt River Canyon. I look forward to going one day.
So we arrived safely in Phoenix. I start my new job next week and the girls have started school already. Its a new adventure for us. Hope its a positive one.
Outside the "Big Texan" restaurant in Amarillo, TX. Everything is bigger in TX. Especially the kitsch.
Heart attack on a platter. The 72 oz. steak.
Salt River Canyon, AZ