Day 4 on the road // 6.6.17

We got a late start on the day because we got to bed so late last night. We had dinner at a place in Albuquerque called Mas Tapas. It was the first good dinner we’ve had since being on the road. We have been eating a lot of “road food”. This place had some great veggies. We got the Brussels (of course), grilled artichokes, and a really fresh crisp salad. That’s really the only draw back of traveling like this. It’s so hard to stay healthy! They had a roof top bar and enjoyed some post dinner wine. We didn’t get to sleep until like 1:00am (thats 2:00am Central time ya’ll).

Driving West on I-40 out of Albuquerque is so beautiful. There was even a storm off in the distance and we could see the lightening. I’m not going to post the pictures I took of it because it just doesn’t do it justice. Seeing things like that is only good seeing it with you own eyes (channeling Local Natives).

Mr. P seems to know the car is for sleeping. As soon as we get going, he is out. He doesn’t even do his WTF face anymore!

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Our first stop of the day was Continental Divide. Officially crossing over to the West.

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On to The Petrified Forest National Park. If you’ve never been here before, you need to go ahead and put it on your list. It is magnificent! You almost feel like you’re on a different planet. The Painted Desert looks like it does because of the mudstone and standstone rocks called the Chinle Formation. Long story short, after millions of years, continental shifts, and erosion, you get what you see here. Pretty cool!

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Again, pictures really just don’t do it justice.

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So the Petrified Forest isn’t really a forest (Josh). But it used to be. When we had just one continent (Pangea), this area was located around where Costa Rica is now. So it used to be lush jungle type forest. Once it broke apart it landed (roughly) where is it now. The trees were buried and over time the wood crystalized into quartz. Crazy!

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After leaving the forest, Mr. P didn’t look so hot. I think because of the elevation along with all the curvy roads…he puked. Poor buddy. We just had one more quick stop before we got to Flagstaff.

The Meteor Crater. A meteor hit several million years ago (or something like that) and left this evidence. Scientist continue to study it to better understand our universe. Just to put the size in perspective, it could hold 20 football fields. WHATTTT!?!?

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Just a quick 30 min drive to Flagstaff. Hang in there Mr. P! When we got to the hotel, we provided him with some kitty weed (catnip) and he was content.

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We were so exhausted we just ordered room service and hit the bed. Day 4 in the books.

xoxo

 

Day 3 on the road // 6.5.17

We started the day yesterday with a hike at Palo Duro State Park. We decided on the Sunflower trail because it was relatively short (about 3 miles total). It felt really nice to get some actual exercise! We really needed it after being cooped up in the car for the past couple days.

The Sunflower Trail was beautiful with lots of wild flowers and cacti. We spotted a wild turkey, rabbits, and a roadrunner (not sure i’ve ever actually seen one of those)!

There were these really cool rock formations that were left after the prehistoric oceans receded (or something like that). Those white veins are mineral deposits. So cool!

After the hike, we headed back to the hotel to get packed up and back on the road. Mr. P seemed pretty pissed and didn’t really talk to us the entire day! He’s so moody 🙄

Our last stop in Amarillo was the Cadillac Ranch. It’s an art instillation on the side of the road created in 1974. Visitors spay paint their marking.

On to New Mexico. The old Route 66 was a jumpin’ spot back in the day, but after the I-40 was built, it pretty much took all the business away. A lot of the businesses have closed over the years and the ones still there are really struggling. I found the TeePee Curios online and decided we had to visit. It’s in Tucumcari, NM and used to be a gas station (I think) but now it’s a really cute souvenir shop. We got lots of junk for our nieces and nephews back home!

We also stopped along the Route for some lunch at the Pow Wow Restaurant and Lizard Lounge 😄 😆  The food was just ok but we met some really cool bikers that were going from Detroit to California and back. AND we learned that a bear was stuck in a tree down the block and it was all anyone in the town was talking about. AND we found this local beer, Alien Ale, that made us question if we should divert our journey and head down to Roswell.

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We decided to stay on track. 😄

I had heard of the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa where the water is crystal clear and you can jump off the rocks into this fresh spring water. What better way to get a little refresher from the drive? The Blue Hole was not far from the I-40. When we got there, a storm was rolling in and they close it down if there is lightening. We had to be quick! We both were able to get in a quick jump right before they blew the whistle. FYI fresh spring water is F-ing freezing! That was my cryotherapy right there.

Because it was overcast/rainy, you really can’t tell how beautiful the water was. 👎🏼

On to Albuquerque. Along the drive, we noticed these mountain ranges to our right and left. We both were unsure what mountains those were. Mountains in New Mexico? My geography is not the best…what mountains are those?

After Googlizing, we learned there are like 87 mountain ranges in NM. Oops. Now we feel smart and worldly. These that you see above are the Sandia-Manzano Mountains. According to Wikipedia, they define the eastern edge of the Rio Grande Valley. They get some pretty good snow for winter skiing. Are we the only ones who didn’t know this? Seriously, comment and let us know!

xoxo