Route 66 Day 13 was a day of trading posts, both open and long closed.
We started out by checking out of the Wigwams and getting on the Mother Road. Our first stop was Geronimo Trading Post just a few miles down the road. They had a really good price on a turquoise bracelet I had been eyeing at various places since Santa Fe, so the Mister was nice and got me an early Christmas present.Then we came across a few trading posts that are no longer open.Next up, another trading post, the Jack Rabbit Trading Post home of the famous “Here It Is” sign and where you can ride the rabbit!What’s next? More trading post ruins. This might have been my favorite trading post, the Meteor City Trading Post, built in 1938 with the dome added in 1979. It is also home to the World’s Largest Dreamcatcher. Unfortunately, the trading post closed in December of 2012 and it has quickly deteriorated.And I swear everything in Arizona has a geodesic dome, even the gas stations. Apparently, a scene in the movie Star Man was filmed at this geodesic dome and the Mister kept repeating something about Jenny Hayden. You learn an awful lot about your husband when you’re stuck in a car with him for 40 days.And then we visited a big hole in the ground. Really.The Meteor Crater in Arizona is awesome! Plus it added some nature to the trip instead of the usual antique stores and awesome tourist shit and motels. Warning, it is a tourist trap at $18, but it is a pretty awesome site to see. It was super windy while we were there, so unfortunately the meteor hike guides were canceled, but we could walk out to the viewing platforms (carefully holding onto glasses to make sure they didn’t fly off our faces) and use the telescopes to see some of the drilling areas at the base of the crater. So neat.Want to take a guess as to what we saw next? Yep, you guessed it, a trading post. More specifically the 2 Guns Trading Post. 2 Guns started as a trading post, gas station, and campground, and later added a zoo (which explains the Mountain Lion signs on brick building ruins (cages?) you can see from the highway. One of the past owners also gave tours down to the Apache Death Cave where 42 men met their death. My Route 66: EZ66 GUIDE warned not to take the car past a certain point as other travelers have reported flat tires, and it warned to be very careful, so the Mister and I didn’t venture very far past the cattle guard.And then right down the road is the Twin Arrows Trading Post.We then got into Flagstaff which is a cute town. It feels like a ski town, but I honestly couldn’t tell you if it snows there in the winter or not. There are a few motels with awesome neons (which I photographed, of course!), but we checked into the Little America hotel because it had the best price with the best reviews. It also had a zillion gophers in their lawn. I’ve never really seen that many gophers, and I’m not gonna lie, I chased a few. Sorry no photos, it was cold.And we had dinner at Diablo Burger which I would totally recommend! Great burgers, fries, and wine!
STAY: Little America, 2515 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, (928) 779-7900