Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

I loved these low lying clouds along Hwy 380...

We passed an area call Valley of Fire & were surprised at...

There is more & more growth as we drive down I-25...

Isn't this pretty?...so relaxing to watch mile after mile...

I just love cloud watching!...

A pretty wildflower at the rest area...

And another...

We drove up the mountain...

We enjoyed watching this little buck, but he wouldn't turn around!...

I thought these trees were so pretty...

This is our view of Albuquerque at 10,500+ feet!...

And to our left...

And further left...

Wish you were here looking at this with us!...

A small patch of sunset to our right...

A nice ending to a good day...


When we woke up very early this morning the weather was really socked in. But after checking out the forecast for the rest of the week, it appeared it was only going to get worse. The whole area is expecting heavy rains & flash flooding. At about 9am it cleared off enough that we decided to go ahead & pack it up & head to either Albuquerque or Santa Fe.

That turned out to be a good decision, as the sun was out most of the way & it was a very pretty drive. We stopped at a rest area for a bite of lunch & ate at the picnic table provided. Larry took a couple of pics of the pretty wildflowers growing there, I think they turned out well. We considered our options as to how far we really wanted to travel today & 200 miles seemed sufficient so we opted for Albuquerque instead of continuing on to Santa Fe.

We arrived at our Passport America park about 3:30. There were 2 to choose from, so we opted for the one a bit out of town. We paid for 2 nights ($23.76 total) with the option to stay longer if we like. We have been so fortunate in our choice of campgrounds. We have not made a reservation in the entire year we have been on the road, & so far, so good. That may not always be the case, but it has worked out so far. Rates in New Mexico have been great (except Casa Grande) as the past 3 weeks we have averaged $11 a night or less w/full hook-ups. Nice on the pocketbook.

We got set up, decided to eat out this evening & had the worst BBQ ever. The sides were all very good but the ribs were not the best to say the least. Ah well, maybe next time.

We decided to drive up to Sandia Summit via the scenic by-way & walk a little of our meal off. It was beautiful up there. But with the lateness of the hour & the overcast skies, pictures were not the best. I am sharing a few with you anyway. We plan to get an early start in the morning checking the area out. So, if you've never been to Albuquerque we hope to give you just a small taste of it!

By the way, it has started raining quite heavily since I started writing this...no, no, no! That is not in the plans! I'll be praying for a sunny day for tomorrow this evening at bedtime!



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