Traveling from Albuquerque, NM to Williams, AZ (Grand Canyon)

Marty - Wednesday, 30 June 2010 11:32

Yesterday was a long day behind the wheel. We got started at our normal time, and arrived at the new campgrounds, but it just seemed like a LONG drive! There’s a saying we learned in Texas that described the drive perfectly. Although the saying was referring to the Texas Panhandle, I think it aptly describes New Mexico, too: “… the only place you can look the farthest and see the least”. There’s really NOTHING to look at during the first part of the drive yesterday! But the last part of the drive was fun, interesting and cool. We left Albuquerque around 10:30 and drove to Gallup, NM, right on the NM/AZ border. That town is pretty neat. It’s like an old western town that has grown up with the times. Everything is still centered around the railroad, but the businesses were a bit more modern than I expected. We really liked the “town square” (if we can call it that…). We walked about 3 x 3 blocks looking for food, and then just looking around. My favorite place in Gallup was the courtyard in front of the Courthouse. Sitting at the top of the town’s hill, it was beautiful – styled in adobe and stucco, just like you’d expect to find in the Southwest.

We ate lunch at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe after walking through the town. It wasn’t a traditional southwestern restaurant, but had very excellent food. If you want a great panini and an awesome smoothie, this is the place to go. While driving in Arizona, we caught site of what I thought was a tornado at first. This long, yellowish/white funnel cloud that went from the ground all they up to the clouds. As we got closer, we realized that it was connected to any storm clouds. No tornado (thank you God!). Instead it was a rather large dust devil. It crossed the road a few miles in front of us, and as we drove by we were able to get some good photos of it. Scary at first, then really cool.
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Touring Albuquerque

Marty - Monday, 28 June 2010 07:43

Today we toured Albuquerque. Originally we planned to visit one of the local pueblos, but found out that they were closed due to a private ceremony they were holding. Some of these pueblos are closed to the public and won’t let you tour or visit while ceremonies are going on. Instead we visited a local museum (Indian Pueblo Cultural Center). It was very educational. The kids (and Rikki and I) learned a lot.

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Added Texas and New Mexico to our Route 66 sign photos

Marty - Monday, 28 June 2010 01:07

Texas Route 66 signs were really tough to find. It’s as though they don’t want to advertise Route 66! But we found a few good ones in downtown Amarillo. Although they are green, they are official! New Mexico has some really cool rural places on Route 66. These towns “have fewer people than kids at Matt Elementary, minus the teachers!”, as Rikki said. We took the New Mexico pictures about 10 miles west of the Texas/New Mexico border on I40.

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Traveling from Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM

Marty - Sunday, 27 June 2010 11:46

Whew it’s late! Traveling today started a little later than we’d like. We had a great time last night and didn’t get back to the campsite until midnight, local time. Needless to say, we all slept in. But the drive was only 5 hours, including stops, so we figured it would be safe to take things slowly. We made frequent stops to make sure the new trailer tires were holding up. I didn’t want a repeat of a few days ago! So far, everything is good.

The change in terrain from the Texas pan handle was really amazing. Completely flat for miles and miles to the horizon changed to hills, mesas and mountains almost immediately at the border. That was fun to drive through. Now, off to sleep for fun around Albuquerque tomorrow! Read More

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