PART 3: 2011 Western American Road Trip, Wigwam Motel, Meteor Crater

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Heading through Arizona. I was supposed to arrive in Phoenix a day or so ago but we’ve taken our time. At the Motel 6 in Gallup something woke me up in the middle of the night, and my nose was running like a waterfall. I wasn’t sleeping adequately and my sleep cycle was completely off.
It took me about a week to fully recover, and NOWHERE in Gallup was I able to find proper Sudafed.

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Holbrook AZ

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Wigwam Motel

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There’s seven of these around the country. Two are on the national register of historic places, this one in AZ and another in CA.

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“Dear Mr Paul Lewis:
It is my pleasure to inform you that the Wigwam Village [..] in Holbrook was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on [..] 2002.
As you know, the National Register is the official listing of the Nation’s cultural resources worthy of preservation.
Congratulations!
Sincerely,
Christine [..]
National Register Coordinator/Historian”

These are photos taken by someone else of the interior:
Wide view: 090907-3524WigWamInt.jpg
Fish eye: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2281/2542096006_f277915033.jpg
Bed: http://photos.igougo.com/images/p298943-Holbrook-Inside_the_Wigwam_Motel.jpg
TV and entrance: http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/07/c5/15/inside-the-wigwam.jpg

Expect to spend $60-$70 per night.

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Trains were visible all along I-40 especially through New Mexico.

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Arrived at the Meteor Crater, $15 per person.

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Courtyard

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There was a small museum inside.

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You can’t see in this photo, but there’s a wooden cutout of an astronaut standing there somewhere. There’s also an old mine shaft in the center.

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The center was used in the 1960s for NASA training, to prepare for Apollo missions.

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4000 feet wide
570 feet deep
Imagine what the air and surrounding areas looked like when this hit 50,000 years ago.

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Daniel Barringer, in 1903, was the first to discover that the crater was made by an impact rather than volcanic activity.

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Divided into sections:

PART 1: Overview, Expenses, Map – 2011 Western American Road Trip – 6,500 Miles, 30 Days

PART 2: Joplin MO Tornado Damage, Terry’s Subaru STI in Oklahoma, Route 66, U Drop Inn, Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo TX, Leaning Water Tower

PART 3: Wigwam Motel, Meteor Crater

PART 4: Nissan Sentra Spec V, 1951 Chevy truck, Thanksgiving dinner

PART 5: Arizona International Auto Show

PART 6: In N Out Burger, NICOClub Headquarters in Surprise AZ

PART 7: Driving 1931 Ford Model A, first-generation Honda Insight, and 1967 Datsun 411 wagon

PART 8: The Grand Canyon

PART 9: Barstow CA, Arvin CA, cruising SR-99 to Lemoore CA

PART 10: Aaron in Lemoore CA – Mexican food, Autozone, and Naval base

PART 11: In N Out Burger, Northern California, Gary’s house in Independence OR

PART 12: The Pacific coast in Newport OR, Lighthouse

PART 13: Grilling at Gary’s, shopping, Brandon’s house in Ellensburg WA and 2000 Sebring convertible

PART 14: Arrival in Spokane WA, drinking, karaoke

PART 15: Drinking, eating

PART 16: Bar hopping downtown

PART 17: Eating, drinking, farewell dinner

PART 18: Heading home through Montana, Newton visits the vet

PART 19: Boulder CO, Denver CO, show at Cervantes, heading home




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