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Well Tonights home is just a few miles short of Winslow high in the Painted Desert of Arizona.
It had been our intention to stay in Gallup, NM tonight but we were in Travel mode
and decided to push another couple of hours west
so that starting tomorrow we can kick it down a notch.
Our drive today took us about 540 miles further west from Amarillo,
clear across New Mexico, and solidly into the State of Arizona.
This drive, in 8 hours transports you from the Texas scrublands
to the red stone landscapes of the desert Southwest.
We are now at Homolovi State Park. It showcases 7 prehistoric pueblo ruins,
the origin of which is the ancient ancestors of the Hopi Indians.
The original name of this park was Homolovi Ruins,
however the Hopi People consider the land alive
with the spirits of their ancestors
so the name ruins was eventually dropped.
Our site for tonight.
Our temp is 90 degrees but with a strong dry west wind, sitting in the shade is downright comfortable.
As to be expected in dry climates, as soon as the sun starts to drop
so will the temps and by morning I would not be surprised
to be in the high 40's - low 50's.
Last night we went to bed with the A/C running and in the Middle of the night
the heat came on!
The desert view from our windows.
Tonight we will take my UV (black light) flashlight and do some Scorpion Hunting
as they glow under UV Light.
If the winds don't calm down however we might wake up in Kansas.
If we are still here in the morning however - our drive tomorrow is just
a couple of hours to the cool pines of Flagstaff, Az.