Day 7 – Road trip / Phoenix Airport

[Editor’s note: sorry for the long delay between Day 6 & Day 7 …]

The last day was relatively uneventful. We had a 9am checkout time at the hotel (the latest all week). Our purpose was to get to Phoenix Airport by early Friday evening (for our 11:59pm flight) so we had plenty of time to travel. Our original plan was to take the mountain route so that we could make some stops to see several last rock formations but there was a snow storm forecasted so we took State Route 93 the main route into Phoenix. That ended up to be a wise decision since the mountains were slammed with snow and the road was closed down for awhile. It would have been adventurous, but glad we took the more direct route.

We did make a few stops along the way, most of them were road cuts.

A road cut right outside of Kingman, AZ with a fault going through it.

A road cut right outside of Kingman, AZ with a fault going through it.

We stopped off at the Burro Creek Bridge and identified the different rocks that were exposed from the bridge construction.

Burro Creek Bridge.

Burro Creek Bridge in Mohave County, Arizona.

Dr. Whitmore looks at rock found near the Burro Creek Bridge.

Dr. Whitmore looks at rock found near the Burro Creek Bridge.

As we drive towards Phoenix, you can see the large storm in the distance.

As we drive towards Phoenix, you can see the large storm in the distance.

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We got in to the Phoenix area pretty early so we looked for a mall or anything to kill time. We found a Cabela’s and we all walked around there and then walked around an outlet mall. We were all pretty much packed up to our eyebrows and nobody bought anything! It was finally dinner … everyone just wanted to get to the airport and head home, it was a great dinner as we settled for Cracker Barrel

Cabela's

Cabela’s

Since we rented a 15 passenger van, we had to drop off the van before heading to the airport, that was relatively quick and painless. Check in and security was long but painless and then we started the long wait at the gate for our plane and our flight home. We had all been up since the early morning (still not used to the time change so many of us were getting up fully awake by or before 6am!).

Finally boarding the airplane after a long Friday.

Finally boarding the airplane after a long Friday.

As we loaded onto the airplane and buckled into the middle seat, I crashed (sorry – fell asleep) and hardly remember the take off and missed out on the “free” beverage. I woke up just before we were landing in Columbus at around 5:15am. We were not at the airport very long and quickly on the road to Cedarville.

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