On to Arizona

Arizona20160618_111840June 18, 2015 –  Leaving Albuquerque, we continued on I-40 West toward Arizona. We were impressed by the bridges of Albuquerque … in fact, we were impressed by everything in Albuquerque.
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11:28  … Adobe buildings
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11:30 … already leaving civilization, it seems
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11:54  … Here there are choppy, rocky hills with stones strewn in all directions.
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11:47 … Signs let us know that this section of I-40 (and Route 66) has been designated part of the Purple Heart Trail established in 1992 to cross all of the states, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam.  It is a symbolic trail to honor all those who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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12:04 … We pass highlands or mesas … notice the bands of different color
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12:18  …. Whose is that face peeking over the horizon?  We see it for miles.
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12:32 … What is that black stuff below?  It’s lava!!  We were passing El Malpais National Park where there are caves and lava tubes.  Maybe next time.
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1:24 pm Passing more mesas near Prewitt, NM
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1:35 … A Native American Trading Post at a rest area.  We would have stopped but could not figure out how to get there with our motorhome since it was off the main truck area.
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1:51 pm … the outline of the mountains has a musical quality here, don’t you think?
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2:00 … On the left is the mountain I am calling Red Rock and on the right the more famous Church Rock of Red Rock Park near Gallup, NM.RedRock20160618_140402

2:05 … Fire Rock Casino, in Red Rock Park.  It is named for sulfur rocks that burn.  It first opened in 2008 as one of the first casinos in the Navajo Nation.
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2:07 pm … Notice how the hills are changing from red to black rock.
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2:22
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Crossing into Arizona.  The elevation in this area is over 7,000 feet
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2:30
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2:33 Fort Courage.  The Fort (or parts of it) is on both sides of the Arizona-New Mexico border.
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2:36
Chaparral Trading Post
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2:55 … A lone windmill
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3:09  … Sand dunes?  desolation as far as the eye can see
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3:10
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3:18 … What is this thing passing us?  OMG … must be the motorcycle version of a motorhome

3:21 … Little House on the Prairie … or on the desert maybe
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3:23 … It’s obvious we are approaching the Petrified Forest
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3:28 … It seems we still have a way to go to reach civilization, however.
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3:29
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3:35 … Dinosaurs? What kind of Travel Plaza has dinosaurs?  A time travel plaza perhaps?
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Getting closer to our Holbrook KOA campground, we stopped at a Route 66 restaurant.  Bicycles and old tools hanging from the ceiling; a covered wagon out front; old style street lights.
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