i had scheduled a stop to el malpais national monument in new mexico because it sounded pretty interesting. ander was fascinated by volcanoes and diana had studied igneous rocks in her geology lab (she loves obsidian, in particular) and i just liked the idea of exploring lava tubes.
there was pretty much one way in and out of el malpais along the route we were taking. el calderon seemed like the best place to go.
day 2 - to san marcos, ca = 390 miles
day 3 - to williams, az = 576 miles
day 4 - to grand canyon = 120 miles
day 5 - to meteor crater near winslow, az = 77 miles
- and on to santa rosa, nm = 360 miles
miles traveled after day 5 = 1601 miles
on to the next travel post