Sightseeing along the way

Trip Start May 29, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Today is our last day of traveling before we arrive in Santa Fe tomorrow. We left this morning and headed out toward Texas. Within an hour, we came across a museum that was about the historic Route 66. Brandon has always wanted to drive the historic Route 66 so this was the perfect opportunity for us to get a taste of what it might have been like. This particular museum featured different rooms dedicated to different decades which were accompanied by music from their era. The 20s room was mostly trinkets, a crazy armadillo and a piece of the original road. The 30s and 40s rooms were primarily gas stationed themed with old gas pumps, old cars and signs. The best room was the 50s room! It was made up to look like an old fashioned diner. We goofed off in there for quite some time. Brandon even thought he was the Fonz! The 60s room was very hippie. Black lights, glow paint and a VW van. The last room was made to look like a drive in movie theater and showed a documentary on Route 66. Apparently you can't drive the entire road anymore because some of it has been over grown by fields. We got back in the car and headed into Texas. No sooner had we entered than we found another interesting museum. This one was called the "Devil's Rope Museum". It was a museum all about barbed wire. Now if your thinking, "Barbed Wire? What could there be to see?". A LOT! I've never seen so many examples of barbed wire. There must have been thousands of examples of different ways to form this stuff. Not to mention several different sculptures made from barbed wire as well as the different machinery used to make the fences. Overall it was one of the most unique museums I've ever been to. Once we returned to the road we came across a rest stop that looked promising. The entire time we were in Oklahoma the rest stops were pitiful. Texas rest stops are insane. They have gorgeous views, wind turbines, playgrounds and texas shaped grills. Yes that's right, texas shaped grills. Everything is bigger in Texas I guess. Even their roadside crosses. Texas is home of the Western hemisphere's largest cross. Tonight we have settled in at the Palamino motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. We will be arriving in Santa Fe tomorrow. My best friend, Elania, used to live out there and so we will be staying with her folks(who are probably the nicest people on the planet). I haven't seen them in years so I'm very excited!
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