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 ๐Ÿ™„

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 ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜† ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜„

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. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ

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

 

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Day 2 on the road // 6.4.17

OMG we got the BEST sleep last night! Maybe it was just being finally finished with the house and actually getting some road behind us. Maybe it was the relief that Mr. P isn’t going to be (as much) of a travel issue as we had feared. I don’t know, but it was great. Pushkin even slept in the bed with us (which neverย happens)!

We still had a good six hours of driving to really get to the spots we wanted to stop. And it rained…no…it down poured on us the majority of the time.

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You know how you when you drive through crap like that and then finally get passed it and feel like you need a nap? So stressful!!! Shout out to Josh for getting us through that!

We stopped for lunch at The Green Chili Kitchen. It was right outside OKC and was on the old Route 66. It had outside seating so we could watch the car. Mr. P had been sleeping so we thought we’d leave the car running and just keep an eye on it. It’s the first time we left him in the car like that. GEEZ!!!!!!!! Good thing we don’t have kids we would be horrible! Hello, helicopter parenting. That kid would be so spoiled.

Anyway, the restaurant was really good. Plus, it had a really cute free library! ย I had the tamale and it was so yummyย I forgot to fully document it! A true sign of good food when you forget to instagram ๐Ÿ˜†

 

Oh, and as for Mr. P? He didn’t even notice we were gone. ๐Ÿ˜„

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I mean, who knew he was such a good traveler???

On to Amarillo, TX. We had planned to see the Cadillac Ranch, but it’s apparently closed on Sunday ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ . We went on to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park but didn’t have too much time. Thinking about going back tomorrow (sans Mr. P) for a hike. This place is GORGEOUS! It’s located in Texas and is the second largest canyon in America (behind the Grand Canyon, obvi).

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Currently, waiting on Josh to bring back take out from My Thai, a Thai restaurant that is literally like the only local place open on Sunday in Amarillo. I’ll report back tomorrow on how it was. Hope everyone had a great Sunday-Funday!!

xoxo

Update: My Thai was really good. Waaaaaaaaayyyy too much food. We totally should have split an entree. I got the yellow curry tofu and veggies. It was ๐Ÿ”ฅ..

Nighty night!