10/15/2007: Day 6: From Sky City, NM to Window Rock, AZ
First, maps of the day:
We decided to eat breakfast "out" in the Casino restaurant. Karen had the blue corn pancakes, and I had huevos rancheros, and we shared fry-bread. It cost twice what we spent for dinner, but it was too much food. So Karen pulled out her new collapsible Tupperware" containers, I expanded them from flat to the necessary size, and in to those our leftovers went. Karen is planning to begin as a Tupperware rep as soon as we get home.
After breakfast, we packed up and were on The Road by 10:30.
That is, we took old route 66 (The Road) from Acoma Sky City to U.S. 666 at Gallup. Actually 666 is now 491, for superstitious reasons.
On the way, we stopped at Grants, the former (and possibly future) capitol of Uranium extraction in the U.S.
The town was a boom town of the mid-20th century. You can still see its glory, and they are trying to keep the town alive with art and commerce.
We later stopped at the continental divide. Just for fun.
Driving along Rt. 66 is about 20 mph slower than on I-40, which is usually visible near or farther on one side or the other. But 55 on 66 uses less gas, and is more relaxing. There is much less traffic, and more time to admire the scenery.
We headed up from Gallup to Yah Ta-Hey, and turned left on State Road 264 toward the Navajo capitol at Window Rock. We stopped at the Tribal Museum to get some advice, and then booked into the Navajo Land Inn and Suites (a former Days Inn). We're now up to $70/night!
After resting for a while, we headed over to the Window Rock Tribal Park to get see the window itself at sunset. We were misinformed by the desk about the actual time of sunset, so we only caught the end of it.
The Tribal Park (like a National Park for the Navajo Nation) contains memorials for Navajo war dead, as well as several civic buildings for the Navajo Nation.