Weekends. Stay close to home, avoid points of interest.
There's a chance the Route 66 "downtown" might have lots of people on Saturday, but I take a chance to go visit the little shops and galleries. Bill thinks this is such a good idea that he opts to stay home and do maintenance :-)
I'm in luck. Everything is open, the weather is lovely, and there aren't a lot of people. Tessa comes with me, and we have a fun couple hours. Me looking, and not buying; her being petted at each stop.
|The jewelry stores have wonderful art. I love the colors in this painting.|
|Several cars but the sidewalks and shops aren't crowded|
|Music from different venues spill into the street|
|Dioramas showcase a great collection of Rte 66 miniatures|
|Native America is my favorite shop|
|Their pieces are exquisite|
Sunday morning we check out nearby Cataract Lake, a small county park with a playground and a Day Use area. Behind the National Forest Hdq building we find another small lake. 20 people are fishing from the shore, a couple of them are catching. Maybe we'll come back later in the week.
|Small, but close to town, and has fish!|
Monday morning we're on another side road, checking out the forest. Mt Humphreys is visible at every opening in the trees.
|A few ranches populate this little valley west of Flagstaff|
San Francisco Peaks Scenic Drive (Hwy 180) heads north from Flagstaff so we find ourselves passing through familiar intersections. Doesn't feel quite as busy as the previous week.
The intermittent cloud cover makes photos challenging, but it is another gorgeous drive. At 8000 feet we find "bowling ball meadow". I can't even describe how pretty it is up here. Several homes enjoy the amazing views in every direction.
|Can't imagine ever getting used to waking up to this view|
|It's windy up here|
|Hiding among the blowing grasses|
|Back in the junipers and pinon pines|
|Her paws may be permanently red now|
|Love jelly fish clouds|
|Humphreys continues to keep an eye on us|
Unlike every other town we've been in for months, Williams only has two Mexican food restaurants. We're in the mood for margaritas. One place is a little fast food spot, the other has good reviews and has margaritas.
Unfortunately the reviews are not accurate for either the food or the margaritas, and the "ambiance" is definitely lacking. Still, we make the best of what we get, finding several things to keep us laughing. We won't be back to Fiesta Mexican Grille on Route 66.
|We sat beside a chest freezer - painted to "match" the wall mural|
|The tables are old desks, complete with pull-out drawers. They are actually pretty cool.|
|My favorite though, was the tag still on the margarita glass!|