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   Posted 6/22/2005 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Do I get to become and honorary Texan??  We're in Amarillo for the night.  We have seen some beautiful things since leaving home. 
Painted Desert was sunny so that the colors of the rock walls and teepee rocks kept shifting.  The Petrified Forest seems to be contained w/in the Painted Desert National Park.  There were petrified logs throughout our drive.  We spent the night in Gallup, NM.  Nice hotel but terrible food.  Gallup can just gallop away.  I finished knitting about half of a scarf for my new DIL just as we reached Gallup.
Yesterday was a day to cherish being on this earth.  We drove to the White Sands National Monument.  Breathtaking, stunning pure white dunes of gypsum.  Some of the dunes were as high as 75-80 ft.  It was kind of eerie driving the loop road around the park.  I almost felt like it should have been really cold because of the whiteness of the dunes.  Park workers actuallyVIEW IMAGE use snow plows to get the gypsum off the roads after a wind storm.  The gypsum is so light it just blows all over.  It's like the snow that falls in the dead of winter - the fluffy kind that makes terrible snowballs, but is just beautiful to watch coming down.  I took lots of pictures there so hopefully I'll get some up on a website when I get home.  What beauty G-d has placed on this earth for all of us to see and enjoy.  Last night we stayed in Alamogordo where we strolled the aisles of the local Walmart supercenter picking up fresh fruit for our cooler.  We had dinner in a place called the Golden Corral.  I make a fabulous red velvet cake.  The Golden Corral had red velvet cake for dessert.  I told Dh Not to get it, but he did.  One bite and he pushed the plate away; he said it tasted like cardboard w/out cream cheese icing.  WHY don't they ever listen??
Today we arrived in Amarillo.  On the way we listened to a Jack Higgins book on tape.  I loved seeing all of the farms and ranches in New Mexico all so neatly laid out.  I notice too that the farmers are already making hay and that they bundle it completely differently from farmers in the east.  Here it's baled in a neat rectangle instead of in that big round roll I always see on farms back east.  Once we got to Texas there were lots and lots of cattle.  I'm sorry to report that I didn't see a single longhorn.  Is that spelled all one word???  So where are those "little" critters hiding??  Tonight we're on the hunt for BBQ for dinner.  Have you noticed how important food is on this journey?  In my family everyone knows that "the army travels on its stomach."  Usually we finish one meal and start discussing where we'll be eating the next.  I think it comes from wandering around in the desert (wandering Jews) for 40 yrs. LOL!
More later, L&H's, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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   Posted 6/22/2005 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Luci, I love your travelogue! Sounds like you are having a good time. Mother and I have found the best way to find really good food is to ask the motel front desk person for their favorite local restaurant. Stress that you do not want to eat in a chain restaurant. Mother had red velvet cake somewhere on one of our trips last year that she said was wonderful. Food is an important part of the journey. Don't have to have had ancesters who wandered in the desert to appreciate a good meal well prepared and nicely presented. Safe travels, friend. Hugs from Boston, Lauri
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   Posted 6/22/2005 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Luci,
So, that's why I'm hungry. My neice thinks that we are Jewish. I am hoping so. My grandfathers cousin was a top Russian general in WWII. They came from a town that is mostly Jewish. I must get that name from my neice.
Thanks for taking the time to let us all in on your travels. It is wonderful to read. Lots of love, Di

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   Posted 6/22/2005 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told that in order to become a Texan, you must be born here, OR, live here for 5 years and make the pilgrimage to the Alamo. I've been here for 15 years and just made the pilgrimage with Joseh and Jordan. They're born Texans but they are required to make the trip.

Let me know about the barbeque you find on the way. Also, here in Texas, hay is bundled square and round. I think it has something to do with the type of hay?

Stay safe and let us know what you find next.

Love, Jo-Ann
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".

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   Posted 6/22/2005 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Or maybe the type of equipment the farm or ranch has????? DH and I took a 100 mile one way trip yesterday to get blackberries. We went through farm country not ranch country. Most places in TX call themselves ranches but we saw signs saying FARM. We saw Longhorns, Limousins, Herefords, Brown Swiss.............round bales and rectangular bales. But we got the most gorgeous blackberries I have ever seen in my life. They were as big a my thumb and so abundant on the bushes that it took no time at all for us to pick 30 quart. Well I did about 9 and quit because I was afraid of being in the sun too long. DH picked the rest and then we journeyed home a different route which was 20 miles longer. We save money by picking the berries ourselves but spent $25 in gasoline costs. LOL. We had a marvelous day and enjoyed the ride.

Luci when I saw your title line I thought you were going to say could Jo-Ann and I meet you for lunch. Guess not in Amarillo. Hope you see longhorns before you leave. I am enjoying your travelogue immensely, too. Thank you so much.

Hugs MK

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   Posted 6/22/2005 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I forget who said it:  "Two things Jews know:  suffering and where to find great chinese food"
Thanks for the travelogue.  Keep them coming.  I'm going to sit and eat homemade stuffed fluke (otherwize known as flounder), freshly caught and prepared by DH himself.  He's playing king of the neighborhood right now, caught an 11 and a half pound trout.  He's struttin'
Glad you're having such fun.  Hope you continue to love your adventure.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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