We started in Tucumcari and drove to Santa Fe for a little shopping, Kim and I both picked up some Native American pieces, authentic handmade by the natives in this area. In fact to sell their jewelry they must be made by themselves or a member of their family and signed. Also there is a lottery for who sells their good that day in the square. From there we then headed south to Albuquerque to pick up 66 again. Route 66 runs right through ABQ (no we did not stop and see Walter White’s house, or look for Jessie’s place)!!
Petrified Forest National Park
Along the way we did get in another National Park, Petrified Forest National Park. As with each park we have seen, very unique, very beautiful in that desert point of view. Reminded us of Big Bend without the mountains. The fallen trees are very interesting to look at. All this is from about 218 Million years ago, when the trees absorbed minerals from the near by river. What you see is magnificent colors…the red, orange and yellow from iron oxides, the black and gray from magnesium oxides and the white are pure quartz. Another National Park in the books for us!
Some of the more famous places along the route have seen their best days, like the Wigwam Motel. They are cute to look at, but we passed on staying there when we read that most of the tee pee style rooms don’t have showers… but they were worth taking a photo.
Iconic Hotels like the Wigwam
Our last stop of the day was in Winslow AZ, I had to get a picture of “my girl slowing down in a flatbed Ford to take a look at me!” The town has embraced the song, it’s a popular here as the original Kicks on 66 tune. And as the original song states, we didn’t forget Winona!
Another side note trip factoid, we ran into a crew of first responders from Los Angeles in Tucumcari the evening before, and now we ran into them in Flagstaff. They were returning from helping the folks in NC & SC with the high-water rescues. They were driving cross country with their gear in tow, great bunch of guys!