|We left Flagstaff, AZ, and headed east on I-40. We stopped at the Meteor Crater near Winslow, AZ. It is the best preserved and first proven meteorite impact site on the planet. It is estimated that the meteor hit earth about 50,000 years ago at a speed of 28,000 mph. The crater is about a mile across and 550 ft. deep. It's an impressive sight. From there we continued east on I-40 to Holbrook, AZ. We stopped at Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co. at Holbrook. We had visited this store in 2005 but wanted to see it again. Then we headed on to the Petrified Forest, so impressive with the petrified pieces of wood lying around the southern portion of the national forest. We were shocked to learn from a ranger that it is estimated that about one ton of these rocks are stolen per month, even though it is against the law. There is one rock that is called a newspaper rock, as it has petroglyhs on it. Who drew these pictures and what do they mean? Take a close look at the photo. We continued on through the Painted Desert National Park. What beautiful colors! Pictures just can't capture the beauty. Back on the highway, we continued in high desert country, seeing several freight trains and extensive range land of sagebrush and other desert vegetation. We entered New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. We stopped at the New Mexico Welcome Center, where rain had just ended. Then it was on to the USA RV Park in Gallup, NM, for the night.