30.03.2011 - 31.03.2011
The Painted Desert was a short drive from our hotel room. Amazing how much the landscape can change in 1 1/2 hours. You couldnt see much from I 40 but as soon as you drive through the Ranger gate your jaw drops. Soooooo many colors and different landscapes. On the left its flat grass land, on the right is different rock formations and canyons. It was a 24 mile road that took you through the park and every mile of it was beyond beauty. One of the last stops before leaving the park was the petrified forest. Looking at the proof that this piece of desert was once a lush forest makes you realize what a small time we spend on this planet. The town outside of the park had lots of cute reminders of old Route 66, funny dinosaurs and lots of cheesey tee pees. You could see the row of telephone polls that used to line the side of 66, kinda sad really.
Then it was time to book it to Jerome for a wine tasting at Maynard's Caduceus winery. What a suprise when we started driving through green valleys and winding up the mountain jsut as the sun was starting to set. It was BEAUTIFUL! The houses just sit on the side of the mountian looking down on the valleys, winding roads looked like something out of the movies. After tasting the wines and walking around for a while, our bellys were making that noise again. One of the guys at Caduceus gave us some great suggestions for the area and we ended up at Nick's. Katrina had white wine, beef and mushroom masala soup, and the calamari. I had the red wine, clam chower, and baked Ziti. Stuffed once more we found our hotel and crashed early. Packing up now for our camping trip to the grand canyon!