Today's drive took us over the mountains past Albuquerque, gaining altitude (our bag of salad in the refrigerator looked like a balloon about to burst) on our way to Grants, NM.
There were some very interesting buttes along the way. Here is an explanation of Butes, mesas and plateaus.
We passed under a pink bridge dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Saw more souvenir signs along this Route 66 highway. As we crossed through the pass in the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque, we saw the Albuquerque Aluminum Aloe sculpture.
We crossed through the Albuquerque layered interchange of interstates 40 and 25, painted in lovely pastels, and over the Rio Grande river. One of the bridges depicted the hot air balloons famous in Albuquerque, especially in October.
The ever-changing scenery was lovely until we encountered more dark weather ahead. We even passed by an area of black lava - basalt rock, before reaching Grants, NM.
We settled in for the night at the Bar S RV Park and went to lunch at the “WOW Diner
”, a cute 50's diner, for some good food. We came back to pay for camping and Daisy got to meet the managers black & white male Shih Tzu. They socialized a while on the lawn. I did a load of wash before we headed off to the Grants Elks Lodge to get a pin. We had a nice conversation with the volunteer bartender, who works days as an elementary school counselor. We got to hear what the real people think about Common Core Teaching.