Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Farewell New Mexico and Hello Arizona . . .

The best thing about a road trip is that on a whim you can change where you are going and how you are going to get there.  After being so cold in New Mexico, we decided to head south from Albuquerque and take Highway 60 into Arizona, and not go through Flagstaff as originally planned . ..thought it might be just as cold there.  Glad we did as we had the road to ourselves and drove a route less traveled.  We went through a couple of forested areas and reached elevations of over 8,000 feet . . my lungs and ear drums  have decided they don't like that kind of altitude. 

I am not quite sure what I expected New Mexico to look like in my mind's eye, however it is certainly a very rugged landscape.  It would probably be a cross between our foothills in Alberta and the Badlands . . a whole lot of sage brush and completely unarable land . . .  where we were we did not see any farmland at all, although I am sure there is some.  Was surprised at the cold and the elevation.

The funky art of Santa Fe

Although we didn't get to see much of it, Albuquerque is very large and spread out and Santa Fe is artsy and unique.  A whole lot of art galleries and sculptures everywhere.

Just stood up and posed for me . .

We saw a different corner of Arizona this time, coming in on Highway 60 and from the East. 

Just outside of Show Low . .. Arizona

Hoping we will get a chance to visit Sedona again.  Feeling much better by the way and hopefully Phoenix is nice and warm.

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