Around the West in 30 Days – Days 4-5

NEW MEXICO, ARIZONA

I’ve tried for several days to post, but internet connection has been terrible.  I hope this goes through!

We just couldn’t pull ourselves away from New Mexico. LOVE Santa Fe. Live music in the Plaza everyday, all day. Arts and crafts everywhere you look. Amazing paintings and sculptures, pottery and leather, blankets, clothing, ahhhhh! We checked out of the hotel and kept saying, “just one more stop and then we’ll get on the road.” Twelve stops later and almost supper time, we finally got on the road. I hardly bought anything, I just enjoyed looking. I have a $3 ornament to go on my tree and some delicious chocolate that will be gone by today. Oh, and pictures. 🙂

We tried to make it to the Arizona line before stopping for the night, but we just couldn’t make it. We pulled over in Gallup, New Mexico for the night. Unloading our suitcases in a locust storm was a new one for me.

Random Thoughts for the Day:
1. Why hasn’t the adobe house caught on in Birmingham?
2. The Georgia O’Keefe museam/art gallery is a must see. She was an interesting woman.
3. I have the strong urge to grab a Native American Indian and look deep into his/her eyes, give a big hug and say, “I not just a tourist. I want to connect with you. I value you as a person and not as a western fixture.” I resist. I am actually a tourist. This makes me a little sad. If I get arrested for assaulting someone out here, you’ll know the real story.
4. The adobe Walmart and adobe McDonald’s are the cutest things! I did not take a picture. I have limits.
5. Northwest New Mexico is beautiful. Beautiful driving scenery.
6. I think we may just be crazy. What are we doing out here? That is all.

Around the West in 30 Days – Day 5
ARIZONA

“Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.
For purple mountains’ majesties, above the fruited plains.
America, America, God shed his grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”

panorama grand canyonGuess what? We are driving in every Western movie I’ve ever seen. I fully expect Clint Eastwood or John Wayne to come riding past our car at any moment to stop the bandits from robbing the wagon train. The cliffs and canyons and plains, oh my. We are so very tiny. Really.

north rim sign
Arrived at the North Rim Grand Canyon Lodge in the afternoon in the rain. Unloaded and began the backpack double check and final packing. By suppertime, the rain was gone and we went to dinner at the lodge overlooking the canyon. Wow. Just wow. I still can’t believe we are here. Waiting to dine, we began talking with a charming German couple. grand canyon north rimAnna is loving this. She snuck a pic of them so we could always remember. Love this girl. (I’ll have to download the pictures later.  I’ll be lucky if I can get one pic in with this crazy Arizona internet!)