This wall in the courtyard outside reminded me of a Pink Floyd album cover. The mountain beyond is Humphrey's Peak. At 12,637 feet in elevation, the highest point in Arizona.
A test capsule from the old days of training astronauts at this site for the Apollo missions. I had to touch it.
The American Astronaut Wall of Fame, a lovely tribute, including astronaut names and the missions they served on.
The Holsinger Meteorite, the largest chunk recovered from the meteor that created the crater. Click for a larger view to read the inscription on the panel.
Inside the museum there's a wall set up for photos since you're not allowed to go down into the crater...
...unless you're a geologist. If there's any doubt as to the keenly, eagle-eyed abilities of my preternatural husband, Charles, this should end the debate. Against the vastness of Meteor Crater, where large boulders look like pebbles, these people were but mere dots in the jumbled landscape, but somehow Charles picked them out of the chaos. This photo was taken with my 300mm zoom lens fully extended. We pointed them out to other visitors, some of whom clearly doubted our sanity or thought we were pulling their legs, but I submit to you clear proof that my husband is hardly the decrepit old man he claims to be!
Because of the relatively featureless landscape, getting good photos to show the scale of the crater are difficult, at best.
The crater is about 4000' in diameter and about 570' deep. The rim rises about 150' above the surrounding plains. This image is actually 3 different photos stitched together and still doesn't really do the job.
Even this shot of Charles on a viewing platform pales in comparison to the experience of being there. I may not be able to fully convey the massive scope of the sight, but it will always hold a special place in my heart, nonetheless.
By 5pm we'd arrived in Sedona, AZ, where we got a room at the Best Western Arroyo Roble (2010's "Best of the West" hotel winner.) After stays in some not-very-nice places, this was a refreshing treat.
The view from our room.
We wandered around a bit, then had dinner at Open Range Grill and Tavern. Just down the street, views were similar to those from our room, but through much larger windows. We capped things off with the best cheesecake either of us have ever eaten. Afterwards, we sat on the flower-filled patio outside our room and enjoyed a lovely sunset.
After an eventful day, it was a wonderful change of pace.
Coming up, day 6; Sedona.
In recent art news, my Bull Snake (from Bosque del Apache NWR,) was "Daily Nature Photo" on The Nature Conservancy's website on Jun. 30th and my Horseshoe Bend (coming up in a future post,) made Nature Photo of the Week on The Nature Conservancy's blog as of yesterday.