Flagstaff to Albuquerque
On the road eastward and homeward, 350 miles of Interstate complete with a continuous stream of semis. At least the constant need to be alert keeps the driver from being bored. For a break we paid a visit to the Painted Desert section of Petrified Forest National Park. What at first may look like stark, barren land reveals many subtleties on closer inspection.
After watching an introduction video at the visitor center we drive to the historic Painted Desert Inn. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the adobe structure in the late 1930s. Working for the Fred Harvey Company architect and designer Mary Jane Colter updated the interior in 1947 emphasizing Hope art and culture. After years of neglect and sitting empty the National Park Service undertook extensive refurbishing and preservation of the original art. Since 2006 the building serves as a museum and bookstore.