Friday, June 27, 2008

Day 13: Crossing the Desert

Thursday, June 19

Fast Facts

Starting: Colorado
Ending: Arizona
Today's Mileage/Total Mileage: 308 mi (495 km)/2944 mi (4737 km)

Today's journey found us in a place that many folks hear about but don't necessarily visit - the Four Corners Monument (where the borders of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona meet and you can stand in 4 states at once).

The land itself is part of a reservation, so you do have to pay a little bit of money to get in, but overall it's very lowkey - there's a raised platform (that has seen better days!) that you can stand on to take pictures, and the place itself is well-labeled.



In the very center is the official marker - I will crop the photo when I print it out, but I thought it was funny that you can completely see my shadow as I took the picture!!



Thankfully, the journey itself was unremarkable, so here are more pictures from the Dashboard Camera:

Colorado, as we left it:


The west size of Arizona is the desert side, apparently. Here we are losing the green and gaining the brown. There is a little bit of pink in these rocks, though it's hard to see.


The terrain gets more & more rocky & sparse.


This was all we saw for miles & miles. Good thing we filled up on gas ahead of time!!


I loved all the different striations on these rocks.


This rock just looked cool. Maybe aliens landed here?!


Church Rock (or Castle Rock, as Bird named it)


A semi-typical desert panorama.


Another shot where you can really see the striations on the rock.


The end of our journey found us in Flagstaff, where we encountered more campers in one place than I think we'd seen the entire trip!
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