May 12th ~ Celebrating Mother’s Day in Arizona
My day started off with a sweet surprise from our son. He had sent a Mother’s Day card with my husband for him to give me. It was a beautiful hand-made card that his girlfriend NaReena had painted with such a loving sentiment written inside. We had a nice long conversation later in the day that just made it all the nicer.
My dear husband had also picked out a card for me that so fits us. It had a travel and gratitude theme. PERFECT!
Our travel stops had us divert a bit north of Route 66. There are two National Monuments side by side that can easily be covered in three to four hours. One entrance fee gets you into both parks where you can take a 35-mile scenic loop road, connecting the two.
The first one was Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Since we have previously visited several volcanic sites, including Lassen National Park, we did not spend as much time here as one might under normal circumstances.
The visitors center for a short movie and displays, another stop for a short walk, and a couple of scenic overlooks completed that section before we moved on down the loop road.
Our second visitor center at Wupatki is a must stop as the largest pueblo ruins sits right behind the center. If you don’t know that ahead of time, you might easily miss seeing the main event.
Tonight we are staying at the KOA in Holbrook which is right on the edge of the Petrified Forest which is where we are off to tomorrow.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to have been remembered in such a loving way for Mother’s Day.