Travels to the Southwest-Fall 2009 travel blog

Today was a driving day since the weather in Northwestern New Mexico was getting alot COLDER! So we got ready in the 24 degree temps in Grants and headed east on I-40 for Amarillo. We had a wonderful time in Gallup and Grants but were ready to leave with the winter weather coming in. About 50 miles east of Albuquerque, we saw our first snow around the juniper trees along the highway. We stopped at a rest stop for lunch and read a New Mexico Historical Marker on the Llano Estacado or Staked Plains as they were named by the Spanish in the 1500's. This area covers 32,000 square miles in Eastern New Mexico and Western Texas. The area is the flattest area in the US and is about 450 feet higher than the Great Plains to the north. Yes, as we drove along, it was FLAT!

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