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Grand Canyon and Route 66

We got up at 6:30 and made it to the Grandview Point of the Grand Canyon by 7:30. We had to wait a few minutes until the sun peeked over the east edge. On the west edge, dark storm clouds were rolling in, and soon it started snowing. For the next couple hours, we drove along the edge, pulling over to take photos, as the weather went from light snow, to sun, to sleet and tiny tiny hail balls. We also saw a Japanese tourist trying to pet a male elk. With huge horns. A wild anial that had just happened to wander across the road. Another tourist shouted at her to get away before she got attacked though.

We ate at the Cafe Tuscayan and then headed towards Flagstaff. Suddenly we decided to drive the old Route 66. The longest continuous stretch is in Arizona, starting at Ash Fork, so we just did it. In many places it looks a lot like west river. We stopped at a few places, took photos, etc. In Hackenberry we stopped at a really neat place and met John, the owner and his dog Max. He told us that about 80% of the people driving 66 are European tourists. We bought a photography book on it.

Back in Flagstaff we checked into the hotel, drove some more of 66 looking for a diner to eat at (all were closed) and found a bar to grab a couple beers and some appetizers at. I had a Pear Cider to remember the good ol’ days in Sweden, when the only booze you could buy out of the Systembolagot was Apple and Pear Cider. (a very low alcohol content.)

We sat in the outdoor hot tub when we got back, which was pretty nice. Anything out of the water almost froze though – Flagstaff definitely has hints of winter.

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