Cross Country: Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 7, 2013

Arizona said good-bye to us in a beautiful way. No there was no parade, balloons or confetti—just a beautiful red rock rest stop. Actually, it was their welcome center and rest stop. I took some pictures for you.

There was no fanfare when we entered New Mexico, just some beautiful rock formations. For the first time this trip (which hasn’t been a week yet) I took pictures from the truck as we were zooming by. I also did some thinking while we were on the road today. The longest we’ve been away from home was six weeks; this is going to be a three month trip—at a minimum. I’ve got to get used to moving from place to place each day before we reach the next city or National Park. The trailer is easy to latch down so things don’t go flying. It’s just that I’d like to be teleported to our next destination. Then I thought we would miss seeing the rock formations along the road and meeting new people at the RV Parks. So I’ve accepted that sometimes moving each day isn’t so bad. There’s a reason for it.

We have reached tonight’s stop on the outskirts of Albuquerque. This is the nicest park we’ve been in and the most expensive; but they do have a free continental breakfast! It was a treat to walk Gem on a paved road instead of gravel or sand.

Tonight we may go in and see the town. I’ve never been to Albuquerque, just through it. Our ultimate destination right now is Plano TX. Our cousins live there and we haven’t seen them in more than 30 years. So, tonight is the only time we have for this town.

Tomorrow we head out for Amarillo TX. I wonder what kind of sendoff and welcome we will get!

Cross country: Seligman and Holbrook, Arizona

Not bleak, barren or boring! Our trip to Holbrook today took us up a little over 7,000 ft. We went from desert foliage, to oak scrub, and then to pine trees. It was a beautiful and cooler drive. I did take a photo when we stopped for lunch near the mountain summit. I wanted you to see how lush the forest is at the mountain top.

But we did stop at Seligman along the historic Route 66. We had been there before on another trip and I wanted to shoot some scenes so you could see Seligman. Yes, it’s a tourist trap, but a unique one. The store owners have gone crazy to recreate some of the 50s atmosphere.

After Seligman, we pushed on and are now settled into a KOA RV park, and at about 5,000 ft. it’s not too bad temperature wise (low 90s). They have WIFI, cable TV, a store that sells ice cream! Compared to last night’s accommodations, we are living well! We may stay more than the two nights necessary to visit the Petrified National Park and Painted Desert. From what I’ve read, these two destinations are also not bleak, barren and boring!