November 12 (Sunday)
First, fuel at Safeway. Diesel was $2.57/gallon. That would be under 90 cents/liter. Not bad.
Today we headed about 30 miles west of Flagstaff to the small town of Williams. Located on the historic Route 66, Williams has ensured their town remains viable by creating a tourism showcase of their history. The buildings in the old part of town on the original Route 66 streets are very well maintained. Right out of the heyday of the 50's and 60's.
|Smoky the Bear (the one on the left!)|
|Grand Canyon Train. You can take the train from Williams to Grand Canyon and return the same day.|
|LOTS of gift shops!|
|Originally a bank.|
|Town Christmas tree is up!|
|Can you tell this is Route 66?|
|Zip Line with a Santa theme.|
|We had lunch at the 66 Diner.|
|Diner was nicely decorated. We had one of the best hamburgers we have ever eaten!|
We headed north of Williams on Hwy 64. This is the main road to the Grand Canyon from the south. As was expected, Sunday afternoon traffic was a bit heavy. State Troopers and Highway Patrol were on the job and at least resident was not having a great afternoon after being stopped, no doubt for speeding.
Red Butte (elevation 7235) in the distance. Very pretty mountain located about 15 miles north of Valle, AZ.
Valle is a small town on the way to Grand Canyon. Not too much here but they do have an aviation museum on the southwest corner of town. (Planes of Fame Aviation Museum) We didn't visit but did get some shots of the planes stored outside.
We turned onto Route 180 at Valle and headed back Southeast toward Flagstaff. A very nice drive through the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests. The road also takes you past the Arizona Snowbowl on the side on Mount Humphries, the only ski hill in Arizona on the highest peak in Arizona.
Lots of great sights today. That was Our View From Here.