We haven’t been able to figure out why yet, but we don’t have hot water. It was a cold shower for us this morning. Well, like Papa said, it wasn’t New York cold; water in the desert doesn’t have the same chill as at home. It was a cool shower. We’ve got to figure that out though, and soon. Mimi would like a hot shower again.
We were back on the road and the journey included going through mountain ranges that climbed up to elevation levels of 7,000’! Our ears were poppin! And what goes up, must then come down. Once we were back on Interstate 40, we made a stop at Walnut Canyon National Park. Once you are in the park there is a trail that takes you down 726 stairs (yes, you must take them back up, too!), and you walk past cliff dwellings. It was amazing to witness the dwellings where many Sinagua people lived over 800 years ago. It’s also crazy to imagine how they survived within that area. Can you imagine building your home in the side of a cliff? Can you imagine having to hunt for your food every day? Can you imagine waving to a neighbor from one side of a canyon to another?
You’re too young to know this but years ago we used to listen to a song by The Eagles called, Take it Easy, and there’s a line that says, “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona…” Papa and Mimi drove by that town today and we were going to stop and stand on a corner for a photo, but somehow Papa drove right past the exit. So that was an epic fail! Nice thought but nope. ☺️
We drove to Tijeras, New Mexico and if you are on Route 66, there is a section in the highway that was created to play America the Beautiful if you go 45mph and get your wheels just right on the strips. And guess what? It worked! It’s called the Musical Highway. We weren’t exactly sure where it began and right after the GPS said we were nearing the destination the music began to play. That was really pretty cool to hear.
We found an RV Park just up the road on the musical highway and pulled in after-hours. This time we found a box with Open Site Packets inside. We can stay on one of the open sites and then pay before we leave in the morning. Perfect. Our site neighbors were stationed in Watertown at Fort Drum while he served in the military and now they are full -time RVers. They’ve been in New Mexico for a few months. I overheard he and Papa talking about the snow fall totals. When our site didn’t have much water, they let us hook up the water at theirs. Super nice people. We’ve met really great people along the way.
We are losing hours as we travel East, so Papa’s Fitbit is only an hour ahead of the time now. We’ve got another day of travel tomorrow so it’s goodnight from Tijeras, New Mexico.
We love and miss you,
Papa and Mimi ❤️