NEW MEXICO: Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site

May 20th ~ Taos, NM

Taos Pueblo

I woke up at 3:30 this morning with a loud bang, the RV shaking violently and a rather un-lady like “Oh Shit”. The wind was howling. I got up and went to the bathroom, and Tim followed shortly thereafter. I commented that the wind was blowing like crazy. His response, “Sure is” and he promptly went right back to sleep. Continue reading

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NEW MEXICO: Los Alamos, Manhattan Project, Bradbury Science Museum

May 19th ~ Los Alamos, NM

Today was a difficult day for me and I feel deeply affected by all we saw. I was aware of the Manhattan Project, and have visited the bomb site in Hiroshima. Still, seeing up close and personal, the site where much of the research was done to develop our nuclear weapons was emotionally brutal. Continue reading

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NEW MEXICO: Bandelier National Monument

May 18 ~ Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Located 48 miles NW of Santa Fe, you can find another example of ancestral dwellings from the Ancient Pueblo People. There is evidence showing human activity at what is now called Bandelier National Monument dating back 10,000 years. Continue reading

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SANTA FE, NM: Museum of International Folk Art

May 17 ~ Santa Fe, NM

Courtyard at Museum of International Folk Art

MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART

If you are interested in folk art, this is the place to come. With more than 130,000 items from all over the world, the museum houses the largest international folk art collection in the world. Continue reading

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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO: The oldest capitol city in the USA

May 16 ~ Santa Fe, NM 

Santa Fe, NM

Founded by Don Pedro de Peralta in 1610. At 408 years old, Santa Fe is the oldest capitol city and the second oldest city in the United States. The climate is pretty extraordinary, boasting an average of 325 days of sunshine a year. Another record it holds is that with an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level, it is also the highest capitol city in the USA. Continue reading

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NEW MEXICO: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

My 14th ~ New Mexico

Chaco Culture

Up until about a week ago, I had never heard of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. When I ask if anyone had suggestions to add to our itinerary, this was brought up, in fact, more than once.

When I learned that it was a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I became determined to somehow make it fit, even if it meant going a couple hours out of our way.

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ARIZONA: Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert

May 13th ~ Petrified Forest National Park

Painted Desert Inn, Petrified Forest National Park

We got another late start today, but still had enough time to get a good overview of this diverse National Park. Entering from the southern entrance, we made a brief stop at a “tourist trap” type of museum/gift shop. Continue reading

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ARIZONA: Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments

May 12th ~ Celebrating Mother’s Day in Arizona 

Wupatki Pueblo

My day started off with a sweet surprise from our son. He had sent a Mother’s Day card with my husband for him to give me. It was a beautiful hand-made card that his girlfriend NaReena had painted with such a loving sentiment written inside. We had a nice long conversation later in the day that just made it all the nicer.  Continue reading

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ROUTE 66: From Oatman to Williams, Arizona

May 11 ~ Oatman, AZ and Route 66

Cool Springs, Arizona

Staying in Mohave Valley last night meant we were just a few miles from our first stop of the day, Oatman, AZ. Continue reading

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ROUTE 66 ~ Southern California to Mohave Valley

May 10th ~ Our journey along Route 66 begins

Typical old time hotel and cafe along Route 66

We did not get quite as early of a start this morning as I had hoped, but after cleaning out the refrigerator and loading a few final items, we got out the door at 9:30. A stop to fuel up where we are still in sticker shock that diesel is over $4 a gallon, quick last minute grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s for a couple of items, we were finally on our way. Continue reading

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