Winter In Phoenix travel blog

Raton Pass, our GPS says we hit 7864 feet above sea level

Another state, now we're in New Mexico

After bare scrub and vast plains, all of a sudden we're surrounded...

It looks like the road goes on forever

Our excitement for the day on all the boring roads, the police...

And the road continues, but now the clouds are gone

The other Las Vegas, we went into the little town for a...

The bus at Enchanted Trails Trading Post and RV Park

Mike enjoying the vintage trailers, 'Dot' the 1963 Winnebago is the trailer...

Another travel day today, we wound our way between the mountains and over some passes, enjoying the ever changing scenery. Michelle restrained herself as she really wanted to just keep taking pictures, could have had hundreds today! The best picture is posted on the last entry to the blog, needed two posts today so the map reflected our trip, not just straight line from starting point to finish.

We followed Interstate 25, all the way to Albuquerque, NM. Crossing into New Mexico was the Raton Pass, the highest we've been so far this trip. The bus had no problems with the hills today, and we enjoyed seeing which way the road would go, and how high up we would get, along with the changing scenery - mountains, plains with only scrub and chola cacti, trees, and occasional cities or towns. The Pueblo influence was quite obvious as we viewed many adobe style buildings. In Albuquerque we turned west and joined Interstate 40 which is also the old Route 66. On our first trip four years ago we travelled most of Route 66 and went south at Albuquerque, so now we are again on a road we haven't travelled before, enjoying the history of Route 66.

Michelle also saw four or five herds of what she thinks were Pronghorn deer. Of course, once she looked up what she thought they were, she didn't see any more.

We are parked for the night at Enchanted Trails RV Park and Trading Post, originally built in the 1940s. They have vintage RVs, restored, which can be rented out. After setting up we spent a good hour wandering around the park, looking at all the old RVs and memorabilia in and around the buildings.

We've decided to take two days from here to get to Mesa. Last time we were there, we arrived at Viewpoint on a Sunday and no one was working in the office and the charges got mixed up. We've decided to take it easy and stay a little extra on Route 66, but have two easy days. We'll see if the plans hold out.

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