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.
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!