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Wupatki and Sunset Crater, AZ
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Wupatki and Sunset Crater, AZ 
Wupatki and Sunset Crater, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2020
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Brother Rick picked this out for our outing day. He couldn't pronounce it so I said it Wupatki for him :lol: (remembering back to the day of learning how to say Aravaipa). We started with threatening weather and just as got down the stairs the rain came so we made a beeline back to the VC to sit under the awning until it passed. While there I asked the Ranger about the Crack in the Rock backpack trips. She said they hope to start again in October with the previous participants that couldn't go this spring. She pointed out to me where Crack in the Rock was as I really didn't know I could see it from there.

The rain subsided so we started anew. The brief rain had cooled the temperatures so we were glad of that as we made our way past the intricate ruins to the Ballcourt. Rick and I reminisced about our visit to a Ballcourt at Chichen Itza in 1974. We then made our way over to the Blow Hole but it wasn't blowing today; altho if you put your hand down in it you could feel the cold air. We made our way up and around the north side of the ruins. I grabbed some photos of the flora and interpretive signs.

Our next stop was the picnic area off the highway at the Painted Desert Overlook. It was pretty warm but we enjoyed our homemade sandwiches and I split a beer with Mia. It's a very nice area with tables and restrooms.

We stopped at the next pullout to the east of Sunset Crater. Views to O'Leary are on one side and the east side of the Crater on the other. I was surprised to see roads coming off of those side hills to the east of Sunset. The hillsides looked steep and slippery but I guess it would probably be great fun. I took pictures with my new phone and even though it has a nice zoom, the quality is not to the level of my camera as it's all in the optical, not the digital (phone has 5x, camera 30x).

Our last stop of this touristy day, was the west side of Sunset Crater. They have a path for you to walk around. Apparently the bridge entrance encountered some sort of damage that they are working on. It was a pretty day so the colors of the scenery really popped. Here I used both my camera and phone. I tried shooting a movie on the phone as it's supposed to be pretty good and it was. We very slowly made our way around the cement loop as my brother's wife couldn't do anymore at this time. Nonetheless, we enjoyed it and reading the interpretive signs.

You know many times we don't take the time to stop and enjoy what our state has to offer as we're on our way to/from some other destination so it was nice to do this and with family.
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