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Two broke students, a $400 car, and 4,700 miles

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A December 1999 trip to United States by HankFontaine

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Quote: In this journal, you will find the story of two broke college kids who drove a $400 car 4,700 miles from Missouri to the Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, Tuzigoot, Homolovi, Montezuma Castle, the Grand Canyon, Wupataki, Lake Mead, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Dinosaur National Monument, and back to Missouri.

Two broke students, a $400 car, and 4,700 miles

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A new world of travel was opened to me when I had the fortunate experience of meeting, falling in love with, and marrying a girl from Malaysia. Although I had been many different places and was a bit of a free spirit before I met her, I never had a good travel companion to share it with. She is the first person I can travel with without arguing. We have the same interests in places and never get tired of each other's company. We met here in the U.S. while she was pursuing her masters degree. We dated for almost 2 years and then got married. It was just the first of three weddings we have had, as we had two more in Malaysia--you can read about that in some of my other journals. As...Read More

Petrified Forest National Park

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The Petrified Forest was simply AMAZING, and it was also one of the first parks we went to. We spent a full 8-hour day there and had a picnic and a nice, leisurely drive. We had originally only planned on about 4 hours, but honestly, we could have spent 2 days here. A 28-mile road goes down the center of the park, with several stopping areas in between. This may sound like a few miles to spend 8 hours in, but every mile of it is just fascinating. There are massive amounts of petrified wood here, and the trees are just amazing. They are more crystal than rock, really. You can see the rings of the trees still, but it is literally rings of different-colored crystal. They are everywhere alon...Read More

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 86028
(928) 524-6228

Loretto Chapel

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Loretto Chapel Photo, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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New Mexico is a state that, on the surface, may not look like much more than barren stretches of desert and scrub. Dig a little deeper and you will find one of the most fascinating places on earth. We spent several days in New Mexico touring national parks and actually could have spent weeks doing it. But there is more than just national parks. We altered our course a bit to make a side trip into Santa Fe, and I was glad we did. It is a place I remember going to as a child of about 8 years old with my family. It’s a quaint little town, a bit touristy but also a bit artsy. Located 7,000 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this town has beautiful, crisp air and gets ove...Read More

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Loretto Chapel
207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 982-0092

Dinosaur National Monument

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Dinosaur National Monument Photo, Vernal, Utah
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Driving up to Dinosaur Monument was an experience. It is a bit off the highway, if you could even call what we were on a highway, and there was 8 inches of snow on the ground and more was falling. We were wondering if anyone would even be at the place to let us in. We arrived and lo and behold there were several National Parks workers there. They were a bit surprised to see us in out little beat up car, perhaps thinking I was a bit crazy. They all had four-wheel drives and said they didn't expect anyone there that day. They were very helpful, though, and let us wander around and admire the place at our leisure. I am sure glad they have the place roofed in as it was quite cold outside, and the snow ...Read More

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Dinosaur National Monument
U.S. State Highway 149
Vernal, Utah

Tuzigoot National Monument

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There are many fantastic national parks in the US that you don’t hear about often. This can be good for you if you can find out about them. If you can come across these gems, you can avoid crowds, feel less rushed, examine things more thoroughly, and have a more relaxing experience. Tuzigoot National Monument is one of these places, and it is definitely worth seeing. The park itself is located within easy access of both Phoenix and Flagstaff and ideal for people driving between the two. Also, the entrance fees for this great park are a really low, $3, and kids under 16 are free. You just can’t beat those prices. The park itself is based around an old pueblo built in 1,000 AD....Read More

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Tuzigoot National Monument
P.O. Box 219
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 634-5564

Meteor Crater (Barringer Crater)

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Meteor Crater (Barringer Crater) Photo, Winslow, Arizona
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The Meteor Crater Park is one that just about everyone has heard about. It’s a highly publicized and crowded park that really wasn’t that impressive. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a place everyone should see once, but once is more than enough. Also, don’t expect to spend a lot of time here unless you are a meteor buff. It's interesting to note that it is privately owned and not a "national" park, so your park pass won't work here. The park itself is located just 35 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona, and it's easy to get to. For those who aren’t familiar with the site, it consists of a fairly large meteor crater and a visitor center. Around 50,000 years ago, a 150-foot (in diameter) meteor hit t...Read More

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Meteor Crater (Barringer Crater)
Interstate 40, Exit 233
Winslow, Arizona 86047
(928) 289-5898