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July 31 - Arizona
Tuesday was spent traveling east through northern Arizona towards Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I found this fire lookout tower on my map near Jacob Lake, in the Kaibab National
Forest of northern Arizona, a high-altitude wooded area. Climbing up to
investigate, I found at the top a tiny enclosed office, where worked a
very nice woman who chatted with me for a while about her job watching
for forest fires.
The road (Arizona ALT 89) winds around the very northeast corner of the Grand Canyon, where I found these curious balanced rocks and houses built into them.
Further east, I passed by Meteor Crater, the tacky,
privately run mile-wide hole in the ground created by a giant meteor
impact. They wouldn't let visitors hike down into the crater, but they
had fixed telescopes pointing at features at the bottom, like the
representation of the astronaut in training (in the circular photo
The rest of my trip was mostly uneventful — the only features being the impressively camouflaged truck pictured below, and this rainbow over the highway as I drove into a thunderstorm.