Last week there was a plan for Sunday. Another day trip to the Grand Canyon, just because. But the Canyon trip got overridden for a simple reason…..the President was in town. The worry, road blocks, motorcades, and the rest of the things that go with Presidential visits! So a new plan was hatched.
For a while I’ve wanted to visit the Painted Desert. Or at least the Little Painted Desert. So that became the plan. Take a ride out toward Winslow, check out the Painted Desert, and see what else I could see.
A lot more occurred beyond visiting the Little Painted Desert! 2 more towns on Route 66 received visits as well. Winslow and Holbrook got some time and attention. The Little Painted Desert got some attention. And I took a very long road trip in the Versa!
After doing the whirlwind tour I feel like I should have taken more time in each location. Winslow…..yeah, I need a whole day there when I have the time. And the Little Painted desert? I need to be there before sunset as the guide book suggested, or at sunrise for that matter. I can imagine a totally different scene in low light!
Does that mean whirlwind tours are bad? No way! 3 interesting spots in one day, and I’ve got some ideas about the spots now. Here’s the bottom line. First visit never seems to produce the images I was hoping to take away. Normally, first visit works out like a scouting mission, and I come away with ideas. The second time through I always seem to get what I want, or at least close to it.
If you’re in the area, all 3 stops are worth a look. Enjoy the photographic opportunities!