Vacation Day 2 – Meteor Crater

After Oak Creek, we drove east of Flagstaff to Meteor Crater, a site where a 150 foot meteor made this giant hole in the ground 50,000 years ago. Because of its location and dryness, the crater was very well preserved. It’s 3/4 of a mile across, 570 feet deep, with walls that come up 150 feet above the surrounding plains. The Apollo program used this crater for moon training. There is a visitor’s center, and when you come out of it, and go around the corner and see the crater for the first time, you definitely have a real “wow” moment.

Here’s the drive across the desert:
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You can see that there’s something up ahead rising up over the desert!
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This is a fragment of the iron meteorite that hit – it’s one of the larger pieces of it:
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Wow!
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Right side:
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Left side:
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At the bottom there is a fence, some excavation equipment and a flat 6-foot high fake astronaut and US flag for scale. You can barely see them without binoculars!
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There was a sheer drop behind me here! :-)
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Seriously, I took a million pics, and they’re all pretty much the same. ;-) We wanted to do the 1 mile rim walk, but we didn’t have time. We just missed the previous one and didn’t have time to do the next one since we still wanted to see Sunset Crater.

Just a few more:
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