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. See in Google Maps  See on a USGS topographic map  See in Google Earth   36.6997, -112.2130 

lookout tower, looking up (7/31 11:52 AM) lookout tower, from office at the top (7/31 12:08 PM)

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.

looking south where ALT 89 winds around the northeast tip of the Grand Canyon (7/31 12:58 PM) balanced rocks (7/31 1:00 PM) house built under balanced rocks (7/31 1:03 PM)

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 below). See in Google Maps  See on a USGS topographic map  See in Google Earth   35.0280, -111.0220 

Meteor CraterLooking through one of the fixed telescopes pointing into Meteor Crater (7/31 4:03 PM)

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.

well camouflaged truck (7/31 5:39 PM) rainbow (7/31 6:53 PM)