GRANDSON'S COLLEGE GRADUATION TRIP travel blog


We left Williams, Arizona yesterday around 0930 with the idea that we would drive to the Meteor Crater located about 100 miles east of Williams. The morning was cold, down in the upper 30’s, but the sky was clear and the sun warm. Ross went for his early morning walk and while it was cold the wind was very calm. However, as the sun came up and the temperatures began to climb the wind started to pick up. The wind was blowing from the northwest giving us a strong crosswind with a slight tailwind.

As we approached the Meteor Creator Campground the wind was very strong and having stayed at that campground previously we decided to keep on going because the campground is all dirt and very dusty during high winds. We refueled at the Flying J in Winslow, Arizona and paid $3.96 per gallon.

Leaving the Flying J we headed for the Route 66 RV Park campground in Sun Valley, Arizona located about 40 miles east of the Flying J. We drove into the campground and didn’t even bother to come to a complete stop. It was simply not a very inviting campground with old buildings and gravel sites that were not very level and simply didn’t look very inviting.

Back on the highway we headed for Gallup. New Mexico and the USA Campground. The campground has a nice write–up in the Good Sam book and they also advertised that active duty military stayed free at the campground. Ross may no longer be an active duty military person but he has a very deep respect for any business that treats active duty military with special deals. We arrived at the campground around 1430 local time which is one hour later than the time in Arizona because Arizona does not recognized Day Light Savings Time and New Mexico does. The Day Light Savings/Standard time thing is a sore point with Ross because to him it makes no sense and it is much nicer to get up early and walk in the sunlight rather than getting up early just as the sun is rising as it was today when he went on his early morning walk.

The temperature this morning was 31 degrees when Ross went for his walk at 0600. The sun was just coming up and at the time of this writing (0930) the temperature is up to 45 degrees. The wind is very light breezes and the sky is free of any clouds. We are planning on staying here two nights here in Gallup.

The campground is a very neat facility with asphalt streets and fine gravel sites. All sites have 30/50 amp electrical with water and sewer. There are back-in sits and pull thrus. There are small cabins that appear in good repair and a heated swimming pool if anyone is inclined to use the pool in these temperatures.

Tomorrow we will drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we intend to spend two nights so we can tour portions of the city.

That is all for now,

Ross & Marge



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