PART 3: 2011 Western American Road Trip, Wigwam Motel, Meteor Crater
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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
Trains were visible all along I-40 especially through New Mexico.
Arrived at the Meteor Crater, $15 per person.
There was a small museum inside.
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.
The center was used in the 1960s for NASA training, to prepare for Apollo missions.
4000 feet wide
570 feet deep
Imagine what the air and surrounding areas looked like when this hit 50,000 years ago.
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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