After our Hotel Monte Vista letdown, we hightailed it out of Flagstaff without so much as seeing the Grand Canyon. When the landscape started to flatten out, SVV turned to me and said: “I wonder if this is where that big crater impact took place?” Huh? I clearly missed mention of that in science class! (That’s no big surprise actually, as science was always my poorest subject and I often daydreamed my way right through those classes.)
But he turned out to be right (of course), and we would be driving right past Meteor Crater in just eight miles. So we eschewed one hole in the ground and stopped to take a gander at another (albeit less impressive) one.
From the road it didn’t look like much.
Actually, from inside it didn’t look like much either. No matter how you look at it, it is just a big hole in the ground (and I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the $15 admission fee per person).
That said, it’s not every day that you witness a crater that’s 4,000 feet across and 2.4 miles in circumference. The floor is 550 feet deep, and the meteor that created the hole was but a baby: 150 feet across. Though when you’re traveling at the speed of 26,000 miles per hour (whoa, Nelly!), I guess it doesn’t matter how petite a rock you are—you’re going to do some serious damage.
As the crater literature said: “imagine 20 football games being played simultaneously on its floor while more than two million spectators observe from its sloping side.” Sports references: Now those are something I understand!
Still, we managed to kill more than an hour anyway, milling about the grounds and in the museum—and taking a picture of Ella and me “on the moon,” naturally.
The best part of the whole thing, however, was at the entrance/exit.
I mean, really, it’s not every day you get to witness the “First Proven Best Preserved Impact Site on Earth.” (Though the grammar and punctuation—or lack thereof—on the sign about killed me.)
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