29 Days – 6,500 Miles – 19 States
7 National Parks
Several State Parks – 6,000+ Photos
1 Trillion Insects Squished by Car Windshield
From 108 Degrees to Snow
From 282 Feet Below Sea Level to 12,000+ Feet
Bison, Elk, Prairie Dogs, Lizards, Wild Horses
Elvis, Aliens, John Wayne Westerns
Walking In The Footsteps of Forrest Gump
Winslow, Arizona to Williams, Arizona via Sedona
Mike’s parents loved to vacation in Sedona, Arizona years ago. Even when they were in their 70s, they would load up the car and drive all the way here from West Virginia to spend a few weeks. We have postcards and some souvenirs they brought home, but we thought it would be nice to see some of the areas they were so fond of for so many years. Our destination today is Williams, AZ, which is very close to the south entrance to the Grand Canyon – tomorrow’s destination!
One of the places we definitely wanted to visit was the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic chapel built into the buttes of Sedona, Arizona. It was inspired and commissioned by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who was inspired by the newly-built Empire State Building in the 1930s. After an attempt to build such a church in Budapest, Hungary was aborted due to WWII, she decided to build the church in her native region. Since it is on Coconino National Forest land, it took a special use permit sponsored by the late Senator Barry Goldwater before construction could begin. It took 18 months to complete, and was opened in 1956. It has won numerous architect awards and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sedona.
Williams, Arizona is located along Rt 66 and I-40 about an hour south of the Grand Canyon and a half hour west of Flagstaff. There is a large train station here, with a branch line that takes passengers up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon twice daily.
After supper, we headed back to the hotel. Tomorrow, we explore the Grand Canyon (South Rim).
Hope you can join us. Lots of walking and lots of photos! See you tomorrow.
Mileage Today: 187 Miles
Trip Total: 2,527 Miles