Saturday Drive to Flagstaff, Arizona for a Breakfast Burrito
Odometer (Legend): 550,495
Odometer (ILX): 193,151
Trip Distance: 288 Miles
My friend Derek and I are on a quest to find the best breakfast burrito in the southwest. Over the last few months, we’ve sampled the cuisine from Otro Cafe, Phoenix Burrito House, and others. This time I took one for the team and drove solo, about 4 hours round-trip to try one from “The Dog Haus,” on Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona. It’s a hot dog place, first and foremost. But a small sign on the east side of the red, triangle-shaped building proclaims proudly the Haus’ notoriety in the burrito arena.
Does the burrito measure up? I paid $5 to find out. It took 3 bites to confirm. It’s tasty – but Flag’s best? TBD.
This week’s adventure isn’t too exotic, but I did get to lay eyes on a few neato roadside attractions. Flagstaff, Arizona is one of the state’s most popular recreation getaways. In the wintertime, the Snowbowl ski resort is a hot spot, and in the summer, it’s a retreat from the heat where temperatures can be up to 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix. It’s no wonder so many Phoenicians have a second home there. I watched the exterior temp readout dip down as low as 35 degrees while making my way northbound on Interstate 17 on Saturday morning. The elevation gain is substantial – Flagstaff sits nearly 7,000 feet above sea level.
First on my radar was a destination called The Museum Club right along historic Route 66. Once a 1931 log cabin social hall, today it continues to host live entertainment on a regular basis. My “Roadside America” iPhone app told me the cabin is also somehow the “world’s largest log cabin,” but I’m skeptical. Before I believe anything is the “world’s largest,” I want to see proof!
Then, how about this place? Awesome!
Most of the old Route 66 corridor retains its historic charm. One such building is definitely The Dog Haus. After driving my car through the middle of the building, I made my way toward downtown Flagstaff and visited Heritage Square while having a few bites of that burrito. The last place I checked out was a “Moon Tree” on the northwestern side of town. I didn’t know what a moon tree was at the time, I found out when I got to it – which took a little bit of scavenger hunting.
So here’s what I know so far:
In January, 1971, Apollo 14 launched as a third mission to the moon. Astronaut Stuart Roosa took about 400 seeds with him while he was orbiting the lunar surface. When he returned, the seeds were germinated and the seedlings were planted in various places around the country. One such tree was planted at what was then Flagstaff Junior High School, on April 30, 1976. What I didn’t learn until after my visit to the tree was that the original tree actually was yanked from the ground 3 days later and did not survive. A non-moon tree was planted in its place, but the original sign remained. What a hoax! It was a fun side-trip anyway.
Thanks for joining for the adventure!
Hot air balloons out floating around on the north end of Phoenix as I left town
Route 66 in Flagstaff
Parked outside the Museum Club
R66 marker attached to the Museum Club
Exterior of the Museum Club
World’s largest? C’mon now. I don’t know about that.
I liked this sign at Muffler Magic. “Rest Home for Exhausted Mufflers.”
Northbound San Francisco Street
Heritage Square in downtown Flag
ILX with Mount Humphreys (> 12,000 feet in elevation) in the background
Sign Mania! How many do we need?
This lumberjack was carved from a single solid tree. The lumberjack is Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) mascot so there are lots of similar things around town.
Couple other random pics, including a visit from my friend Chuck in his ’88 Legend ragtop.
Chris visiting from Florida
And Serge visiting from Los Angeles
The below was shared with me this week – an infographic by outdoor clothing & backpack company Cotopaxi regarding our national parks and which ones are the most/least traveled. If you’re like me, crowds are a turnoff, so I’ll be hitting some of those “hidden gems.” Notice our Grand Canyon gets 5 million visitors per year!
Lastly, a model car update on the diecast 1:18 scale 1957 Chevy Nomad that’s one of 5 cars that’s been on my roof for 8 years.