With great help from Mary Greene and Nana, we all went out to the Grand Canyon for Spring Break and Torsten’s eighth Birthday. It was a fantastic adventure together. First we went to Albuquerque to pick up Nana at the airport — it is always great to see her:
Mary was our fantastic geologist-on-call. She had the geologic time scale taped to the dashboard and brought several custom-made poster-size geological maps!
The scenery of the drive west along I-40 across New Mexico and Utah was enjoyable and quite iconic.
Torsten and Mary were busy making sure that the hotel we stayed at along the way was sufficiently secure:
We stopped along the drive to keep from going totally kid/road crazy. We enjoyed the Petrified Forest:
We also stopped by Meteor Crater, which has a fantastic visitor center (but a little pricey) and is quite the experience.