On our way back from Arizona, Sprocket and I took a break in Flagstaff to hike Elden Mountain. (We paid for it later when we cruised into Norwood after midnight trying to avoid a storm that was supposed to materialize the next day but I think it was worth it.) The trail starts immediately off of US 160 in town so it was a great choice for a nice leg stretcher mid-way home.
The trail doesn’t mess around and climbs steeply from Flagstaff to Elden Mountain and it’s fire lookout. It was nice to have one more good hike with my pup before getting back to the usual work grind.
Sprocket loved our whole trip and all the hiking we did. He particularly enjoyed any time that we encountered snow (which we did pretty frequently for an Arizona adventure)!
When we reached the summit, it was pretty windy so we took pictures and headed back down the slopes pretty quickly.
After leaving Hubble Trading Post, I headed south for I-40. I’d hoped to have time to check out Petrified Forest National Park but I was running out of daylight for the stop (downsides of late fall adventure!) and decided to save that for another time. The benefit of this decision was that we had time to check out some Route 66 history!
I hopped off I-40 in Holbrook to follow the old route of 66 through town. I couldn’t help but stop at this Dairy Queen for a cone to enjoy as I cruised past old restaurants and the killer vintage-ness of the Wigwam Motel.
On the west end of Holbrook, we got back on I-40 and I kept taking the historic route 66 exits so we spent some time tooling along on frontage roads and then re-entering the highway. In Winslow, I followed the business route to downtown knowing that I wanted to get a photo on “The Corner” of Winslow.
I knew by the time we got to Flagstaff it would be dark so Sprocket and I took the opportunity to wander around a bit and stretch our legs before continuing on.
In Flagstaff, I tried a small sampler of beers at Mother Road Brewing Co. which only seemed appropriate after our adventures of the afternoon. The beer was just okay so I headed to a coffee shop to do a little bit of work and was recognized by Josh, a Twitter acquaintance of years(?) that I’d never met in person. Sadly, we didn’t have time for more than a hug and a “holy cow the world is small” moment before we were both off on our respective adventures!