Sunday Morning, Day 4 of our Route 66 Road Trip to
and home again. We spent some time in Tucumcari driving
around the town and snapping pictures…it’s such a neat town, sort of like an
oasis in the desert. It’s probably the
widest spot in the road between Albuquerque, New
Mexico Amarillo and Albuquerque. We had to replace a fuse to keep our cooler
going, and thank goodness this town had an auto store and Kmart open on a Sunday
morning. We grabbed some donuts in a
grocery store for breakfast, for those of us not crazy about pop tarts or rice
krispie bars (snacks in the van).
Along the way we stopped at Cline’s Corners, in business since 1934. It’s the largest gift shop in this part of the country. We took time to browse a while. You can see how windy it was…the customer was holding onto his glasses so they wouldn’t blow away. The Indian Chief in front of the store is an icon from Route 66…but not exactly a Giant Alert!
By the way, I have to insert a couple of pictures from a Rest Area stop we made in
on Saturday. I missed them in my last
post. There are two rest areas along
I-40 west of Amarillo, one on the west bound side and one on the east bound
side, that are designed with Route 66 and the earlier era in mind. I loved their décor. What’s even more interesting is that the
bathrooms are actually tornado shelters.
When I heard about the recent tornadoes going through that area, I
wondered how many travelers stopped and waited it out in the bathrooms at the
rest areas. My son pointed out that
while waiting, you could look at the pictures on the wall of previous
devastating tornadoes, in case you wondered what might be going on outside. I will have more pictures on our return trip
blog. I just loved the colors, styles,
and glass blocks, not to mention the two girls who posed for me!!
We were meeting our NM son and daughter-in-law at Tijeras to take a detour up the Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway, through the foothills of the
. Sandia Mountains
We went through a couple of ghost towns of the old west,
Madrid and Cerrillos. We stopped at the Casa Grande Trading Post, which housed the and petting zoo. We spent some significant time here.
Turquoise Mining Museum
As we were finishing eating a snow and sleet storm came in, blowing sideways, and we were told we better get down off the mountain while we could. So we left and headed to
Albuquerque. I wish I had taken a picture of Miss Holly,
the van. After she had come through a
wicked dust storm and was coated in brown, she was blasted with ice pellets and
ended up being polka-dotted. Most
vehicles were looking that way though, so we fit right in. Miss Holly got a bath the next day.
Our son and his wife put us up for a few days. My whole family was together, and when this happens I am in high heaven on earth…these are the most precious times I could have. We had lots of fun together, and the girls started working on their Route 66 scrapbooks. They will finish them this summer when they come to visit Grandpa and Grandma. I will give you the details of our
visit in my next Route
66 blog. See you then!!