Motel 6 Albuquerque - Carlisle
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... get her flight changed. Luckily that was easy, as we just moved that flight one day forward, to Thursday.
Hmmmm, now what? All of a sudden we had an entire day and a half to spend in Albuquerque. What should we do? Mom wanted to get a hotel nearby and hole up for the day but I was not good with that plan. One more day--we should look at it like a gift and do something fun.
After booking a hotel room we once more boarded the shuttle to ...
... made some stops and hiked in the 100 degree weather and was ready to just get back to a hotel at that point, so off I went.
But about 18 miles later I saw yet another sign for the Petrified Forest National Park, and this time it took me right to the actual place. I decided to go ahead and check it out. It was pretty amazing. I drove about 12 miles or so into the park but couldn't see it all. It was very cool but I have to say, I didn't see anything petrified or any forest, so ...
... in. The average temperature today was 95 degrees and as high as 99.
Cline's Corners keeps advertising mile after mile and mile... so of course, we had to check it out. The only good thing I can say about it is that it's easy to pull the rig through to get gas. Everything in the store was imported or just lame. Nothing authentic, not worth the stop.
Finally we arrived at our destination, Albuquerque! We ...
... on". A mantra all of us should live by every day.
I am not sorry for including so many pictures of open road because every bend I come around offers more sensational views than the last one. My route takes me through Lincoln County, where Billy the Kid made his last escape from the courthouse back in 1881.
Every time I stop and step out of the car for photographs, total silence ...
... off of the same dishes that we have used for years, seeing the same pictures, and art, it occured to me that this place, this one place that I have visited since I was born, is THE constant in my life. My grandpa's garage even had the same smell I remember from a kid, as I would sit and watch him build something or just tinker. Sitting here now, I get teary eyed as I realize how comforting it is for me to be here. Even more amazing to me now, is ...