Sunday, May 16, 2010
Yesterday, I took a day trip north of Flagstaff to Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments. These two Monuments are nestled within and adjacent to Coconino National Forest.
Sunset Crater - This volcanic cone is part of the San Francisco volcanic field and erupted/formed about 1,000 years ago. What started as a fissure in the ground spewing lava, continued to build into the cone we see today with subsequent eruptions. The area is replete with lava flows and cinders.
Wupatki - Wupatki sits on a high plateau with alternating areas of sage brush, grasses and pinyon/juniper. This area is known for its ancient pueblo ruins. The various ruins are mostly situated near the edge of the plateau, overlooking the Painted Desert to the north.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Yesterday, I took an afternoon drive up to Cave Creek, which is north of Phoenix. It's a small tourist-y town with art galleries, restaurants and specialty shops. I made stops at Big Earl's and Cave Creek Coffee Company, aka C4.
In my tireless, thankless job as Marker Researcher for Flippin' Jimmy's, I stopped at Big Earl's to try out the food. It's a small place filled with a lot of old-time memorabilia. Inside, there's a horseshoe-shaped counter along with a couple tables. Very quaint, but very crowded. There is also a large outdoor patio that provides most of the seating. The structure itself is a converted gas station.
I ordered the mushroom burger with Swiss cheese, fries and iced tea. The beef patty looked a little too symmetric and uniform to be a hand-formed patty. It was probably pre-formed and frozen. To be honest, it was a pretty bland sandwich. The french fries weren't anything special. All in all, not as good as Heart Attack Grill, Two Hippies or In-N-Out.
I wouldn't go out of my to go to this place. The entire meal cost me $11.50, $7.00 of which was the burger. If you're gonna charge me $7 for a burger, it better be lights out! FAIL. A lot of customers were there just to buy their milkshakes and malts, so maybe those are good.
Cave Creek Coffee Co.
After lunch, I stopped here for dessert. This place is a combination coffee house, wine bar and live music venue.