Meteor Crater

After learning all about outer space we decided to take a field trip to Winslow, AZ to check out the Meteor Crater and it was SO cool.

There is a few things to do while there that are fun and educational. First, you can check out the Apollo test capsule.

Snap a picture with the astronaut.

Check out the discovery center aka museum which is full of amazing facts, pictures, hands on exploration, videos, a short, informative movie and more. It’s not a huge museum but there is so much to explore and play with and learn in there that expect to spend majority of your time there.

This video was not only fascinating but it blew air at your when the meteor hit so you felt like you were there watching it.
They no longer let you hike to the bottom of the crater anymore but if you could this would be your view
Some of the hands on interactions/learning going down

The first glimpse of the crater that they got. By this point, you are about halfway through the museum and we thought they might want to rush through the rest of the museum to get outside to get better views of the crater but they were quickly distracted again by the videos of meteors hitting Jupiter and when a meteor hit Russia in 2013 that we still spent at least another 20 -30 minutes going through the rest of the museum.

When we finally made it outside to view the crater it did not disappoint. There are a couple of viewpoints to go to that give you different views of the crater and all of them have their own pros and non of them had cons.

This is looking through one of the viewfinders into the crater. If you look carefully just below the center of the picture you can see a whole in the ground with a chainlink fence laid over it. This is where a mine is that they dug to look for some of the buried pieces of meteorite . They had several viewfinders pointing to different areas of the crater with a little plaque that explains what you’re seeing when you look through that one.

There was also an option of taking a 30 minute “rim tour”. A 15 minute walk out 1/4 mile and then 15 minutes walk back all with a guide giving you facts galore and answering any questions you have. Very informative. Bring water if you go during the summer months because it is HOT. The tour is included in the price of the ticket.

If you are worried about Covid you should know that they had people sanitizing constantly and everyone was wearing masks the whole time. If you have a child interested in space, they will love this site. Shoot, if YOU love space you will love this trip, my husband and I loved it as much as the kids for sure! Everything I talked about in this post is included in the basic price, we found it to definitely be worth the money we spent.

On our way home we stopped by the Twin Arrows we saw on the side of the freeway on our way to the Meteor Crater. Curiosity got the best of us. It is literally nothing more than two GIANT arrows in the ground but it was worth the stop for some quick fun pictures.

If you go check out the Meteor Crater OR the Twin Arrows, let me know what you think! I really hope you love it as much as we did.


Family Hike – Signal Hill @ Saguaro National Park

A few weeks ago we went on a hike to get out of the house while still practicing social distancing. We heard the trails near us were pretty packed so we decided to try Signal Hill out in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ. The hike did NOT disappointment. We did not have a ton of time to spend but we were able to see plenty with the time we did have. If we had been able to spend longer, we would’ve been able to spend hours more taking different trails or having eating a packed lunch at one of the many picnic areas.

We got to the trail around 11am on a beautiful sunny day in March and the weather was ideal. When you get to the bottom of the first path we took a left to head to Cactus Wren Trail.

I highly recommend this path if you have little kids. This trail is not as steep going up and takes you around beautiful scenery to Signal Hill, which path you can then take back down to the main path.

The above picture is heading up Cactus Wren Trail. See, easy peasy.

I know the desert isn’t for everyone but I definitely see the beauty when out here. 😍 We talked about seeing beauty everywhere we go, about how amazing cactus are and the kids practiced some yoga poses because the scenery “brings them peace”. πŸ™

Once at Signal Hill not only can you take in the gorgeous scenery of flowers, blue skies and cacti but the rocks are full of hieroglyphics that are pretty fun to look out and attempt to read.

As great as all of the above was, our favorite part was seeing what we could find in the cactus. Remember as a kid, looking up at the sky during recess and trying to pick out shapes & pictures out of the clouds? Well we did that with the cactus. We found A LOT of Mickey Mouses and hearts, a few clouds and well, thats about it. Turns out it’s harder finding pictures in cactus compared to clouds. πŸ˜† We got really excited about each Mickey Mouse and heart though. The above picture was the first heart that we found. (found by Cambryn…that girl is a master at finding beauty and creativity in everything).

Make sure if you go on this hike you bring water, there isn’t a ton of shade. It’s a great easy hike though and is exactly why the desert will always have a piece of my heart. πŸŒ΅πŸ’— If you go on this hike, don’t forget to look for the hearts and at least one Mickey Mouse 😊