Here are our pictures from our time in Flagstaff. We are staying at a nice hotel called Hotel Aspen. Tonight is our last night here and in the morning we drive to the Grand Canyon and camp for two nights, it's going to be cold! Then we come back here for our last night.
On our first day in Flagstaff we visited the Meteor Crater. It is the best preserved and first proven meteor crater in the world! They think it was caused by a 45 meter diameter chunk of asteroid crashing into the Earth at 20,000 meters per second. We got to see a chunk of the meteorite and it is pretty much just straight iron and nickel.
Paige and Shelby at Meteor Crater.
Jake's beard is getting really big!
The next day we went to the SP Crater. It's called SP Crater because the cowboys thought it looked like a shit pot, then the USGS shortened it to SP. It is a volcanic crater. We climbed up to the rim of the crater, here is an artsy shot from the top.
People walking along the rim.
Looking down into SP Crater.
We could see the Grand Canyon from the top of the Crater! It is the farthest thing in the picture, you can see the white of the canyon wall.
Sam R and Ranee hiking up.
Looking down at the vans, it was a 250 meter gain in elevation. It was a tough hike up because it was on a steep scree slope, but it was worth it because we got to scree ski down!
Jen and Cat at lunch time.
In the afternoon we did some mapping for our GIS and Remote Sensing project. Here is Andi in the field.
Artsy shot of the sun. The land is extremely flat with a bunch of volcanic cinder cones and lava flows.
Looking across, it was very pretty, like a savannah. The hills are old cinder cones.
The backside of SP Crater.
Dave and Andi switched hats.
Ed, David CS, Andi, and Davey.
Artsy shot of a lava flow, the grass was shimmering.
We'll post our last update when we get back to Flagstaff in a few days. See you later,
Dave and Iz