American Road Trip
Trip Start Oct 19, 2009
23Trip End Mar 09, 2010
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We did visit the Border Patrol Museum where we learned all about the efforts being made to reduce illegal immigration and stop the activities of drug smugglers. This work was brought home to us the next day when we were stopped at a checkpoint on the road and a Border Patrol officer checked our passports
The scenery all around was wonderful, rich red earth, high mountains and cliffs. We have driven many miles over the last days and have not tired of the ever changing views we have seen.
We moved on from Las Cruces and arrived in Albuquerque. This is a lovely town with an historic centre full of lovely old Spanish style buildings and filled with art shops and jewellery made by Indian craftsmen. Some beautiful things to look at.
The weather in the town was sunny and warm with beautiful blue skies. We drove up into the mountains and watched the temperature drop dramatically. We climbed to 10,000 ft. and were well above the snow line. The snow was deep and very crisp, it was a great sight. Looking down into the valley there was no snow to be seen. The whole area was teeming with families sledging and people skiing and snowboarding. We wrapped up well and walked through the snow and enjoyed the views and clear air.
Back down to Albuquerque and we walked around the area called Nob Hill, lots of unusual shops and eating places as well as the main campus of the University of New Mexico.
The next day was spent driving to Amarillo, just over the border in Texas. A long drive with only one stop for a late breakfast, not a great choice of place, we were the only strangers in town
The next morning was just as cold so we passed a happy hour in Barnes and Noble, a huge bookshop with a Starbucks and lots of sofas and chairs where you can sit with a pile of books from the shelves and browse. We have the day a little time to warm up a little and then set off to walk in the Palo Duro Canyon, second only in size to the Grand Canyon. Although it was cold it was a perfect day for walking. The land around the canyon is flat but once down inside the rock formation is stunning. It is an area which was inhabited by the Apache and Comanche Indians and it was easy to imagine them living there.
Over the last few days we have driven nearly 900 miles. The plains of Texas are very flat and at this time of year there is very little growing in any of the fields. We have been well entertained by Classic Vinyl on the radio which is played on a loop which repeats every few hours. Come back Terry Wogan!
We are now in San Antonio and are in a city centre hotel. From our first look around it seems to be a very lively place with plenty to do. Tomorrow we have booked tickets to go to the Rodeo which id followed by a country music concert. When in Rome!