We also drank plenty of water along the way, because of all the ways to die in the West (and there are a lot of them!), dehydration is the silent killer.
Also, here's a Roadtripping Word to the Wise: if you are going to keep cheese in your car, invest in a cooler or eat it all in one go. Just trust us on this one.
A few miles out of Vegas, we began seeing signs for the Hoover Dam. Allissa became strangely excited about the prospect of seeing it; however, since we hadn’t planned sufficiently ahead nor understood the very clearly marked signs along the way, we merely drove over the top of the dam rather than getting a good view of it. Still, Alissa took a classic souvenir picture of the guard rail, so that counts for something.
On the drive between Vegas and Flagstaff, we were once again stunned by the view. Having lived in Florida for over twenty years, I find that it doesn't take much now by way of natural scenery to stun me: a mere change in elevation or the sight of mountains of any kind seems to do the trick.
At any rate, when the scenery didn’t have us riveted , Alissa read aloud from The Loneseome Gods. Also, I drove over my first tumbleweed at this time. The excitement was palpable.
Upon our arrival in Flagstaff, we bypassed the city and drove straight out to Wupatki National Monument and something something Sunset Crater, where we played among lava floes and 11th century adobe ruins.
Fortunately, the wind did not blow us away.
Our hotel being along “historic” Route 66 should have lent it some charm; however, I’m sorry to say that it was, in a word, a dump. We locked ourselves in our room at The Knight's Inn well before sunset and settled down to hope that our little red VW would still be there in the morning.
See the rest of the Day 5 pics HERE.