I was expecting an easy four-hour drive from Tuscon to Holbrook, AZ today. Instead, I got a heart-pounding, nerve-wracking, tunnel-visioned roller coaster ride through Salt River Canyon. The Nissan gauges were pushing their way into the danger zone as I was being chased down the switchbacks by our 7,500 pound trailer. The only thing worse was pulling that trailer back up the steep roads out of the canyon. I refused to look over the edge at the car (and possible trailer) that had failed to stay on the narrow road. The reward was the awe-inspiring beauty of the canyon itself.
We arrived to the campground in Holbrook and quickly departed for the Painted Desert
and Petrified Forest. There, we got our first look at some real Native American petroglyphs. We thought we saw a menorah but there was only room for 5 candles. The layers of colors in the Painted Desert were magnificent. Our favorite part of the Petrified Forest
was the .75 mile paved “hike” that took us up close to the many petrified trees. Here, we watched the sun set behind the distant mountains finishing another most excellent day.