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