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Leaving Utah and on to Williams Arizona!

Leaving Utah and on to Williams Arizona!
Traveling from Utah to Williams Arizona, we passed a few places that are on my "must see" list in the future. Paige Arizona has beautiful Lake Powel and Antelope Canyon which is a photographers dream with beautiful slot canyons, beaming with color and designs. Much to my dismay, we also passed right by Horseshoe Bend, a beautiful canyon with the Colorado River flowing thru it in the shape of a horseshoe. When I saw the sign, I couldn’t believe it. Even though there would have been room to park the RV, it would have taken a couple hours to hike up the hill and photograph it like I’ve dreamed of. Oh well, some other time. We had beautiful weather until we reached Flagstaff. Then we got some pea-sized hail for just a few minutes. Storms seem to come and go quite frequently in the West and I always get concerned we may have to travel thru a monsoon. Fortunately, we didn’t, and the sky soon opened up again to a beautiful azure blue with puffy white clouds. As we got off I-40, part of which is also Historic Route 66, we got a bit confused as to which turn to make to find The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park. For some reason, the road that GPS wanted to take us to, didn’t look right to me and I had seen another sign for an RV park. Well, we ended up in a neighborhood that Jerry had to maneuver through. We found the RV Park, but it was the wrong one. So we found a spot to turn around and tried again. Turns out the road that leads to our RV Park also goes thru a residential area. We finally found it and checked in. Our spot was on an end, right next to a smelly dumpster. But it wasn’t that bad most of the time.

 

 

I was feeling rather poorly due to a sinus infection most of the week. On the Fourth of July, we could see part of the Williams parade from the campground. I mustered up some strength, and we drove just a few blocks to get a better view. It was half over with by then, but it was still enjoyable to watch the pretty horses, historic vehicles, and the darling little kids in the parade with their little flags and big smiles. It made me miss when my kids were little, standing and waiting for someone to throw them some

 candy. When I was feeling better, we drove into town and looked around a bit. I love this little historic town with the old fashioned themed restaurants, buildings, and Route 66 memorabilia. I enjoyed all the little shops and just had to go into the western store. Smelling the leather and seeing all the western clothing and horse tack, reminded me of my daughter, Tiffany, and our days of riding and showing horses together.

Fourth of July Parade in Williams

Wonderful Down Town Williams

Wanting to get out and see what was around Williams, we decided to take a drive to Kaibab National Forest. It was a pleasant drive that took us thru some pretty scenery and a lovely lake. It was starting to storm so we didn’t visit long. They had a nice campground area that may be worth staying at if we are ever in the area again with large shady spaces. We also found a small park which is part of Kaibab called Cataract Lake Park just west of the RV resort in Williams. I spotted a Great Blue Heron looking for a meal. There were a few horses in a trailer that had been on a trail ride at the park, waiting to go home while there riders had a picnic.

We ate at a great diner called Cruisers Café. The food was good and the atmosphere terrific! I felt like I was back in time eating at this nostalgic diner. The service was friendly and fast. You could eat outdoors too. I requested a cherry cola and they were generous with the cherries!

Williams is a great place to visit or to stay at with so many things to see and do. Shopping, eating at neat places, and close to other attractions like, of course the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Bearizona, and more. Our next post will be about our awesome experience visiting the Grand Canyon via locomotive!

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