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We left Flagstaff and on Holly’s recommendation we headed to the San Francisco Peaks…and the Sunset Crater Volcano, with an archeological site on the road… a road that was rough and not the “graded dirt road” we had been promised, but well worth the trip…and then on to the NORTH RIM of the Grand Canyon…which for me was terrifying and beautiful.  We arrived at Sunset, took a good look the next morning and then headed north to Salt Lake City…just some scenic visuals of this vast, overwhelming and beautiful land of ours…

though the Mormon temple square was filled with impeccably kept “old” (for this area—1850-s) it was the towering elm trees that struck a chord with me.  The town I grew up in was filled with towering elms…many of which succumbed to the Dutch Elm disease epidemic of the 1950’s/60’s.  These trees were injected with an experimental antidote and survived…an overnight at the historic Peery Hotel.

Wow…one more stop…on to Boise!