Meteor Crater

December 21, 2010

Meteor Crater is worth a look-see, although its relatively commercial (privately owned), and relatively expensive (considering its a ways out of the way (about 30 miles from Flagstaff Arizona). They have some quite fun exhibits and have clearly spent some money on it and there are elements that they have tried to maintain some integrity and not simply bleed it for as much money as possible. Saturday 18th July 2009-07-19 Woke up sluggishly with the dawn. Drove down the road for a mile or two but failed to locate the turn for the VLA. Uturn and back again, – found it this time. Got there about 7ish and had the place to myself. After some scratching around worked out how to get in the back of the vistors center. This place is interesting because of how science has changed around it. It was build before the desktop, the web, and GPS. Many of the things this facility does could be done fairly simply these days with GPS, but in their time they were some technological feat. Drifted around till past 9 then onwards towards meteor crater. Decided enroute to skip painted desert and petrified forest. Got to meteor crater (through some great looking storms) about 4ish. Only when you get there (a 6 mile drive) do they tell you its 15 bux. I kinda new the deal here anyway, but I still found it rather sneaky. VERY windy. Movie was quite fun, and the displays were fairly well done. I think it was expensive for what it was, but it was still fun. The wind on the crater overlook was

Meteor Crater, Flagstaff, AZ

September 19, 2010

Traveling along Route 66, just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona is one large hole in the ground — one of the largest craters left by a meteor. Its hard to imagine what it was like 50000 years ago as a 150-foot wide mass of iron and nickel came hurtling from space and slammed into this spot at 26000 miles per hour.