LANDS of Enchantment

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Trading Posts Galore

Only 538 miles today--Holbrook to Amarillo, Texas.  Heading east to the New Mexico border, you enter the land of competitive kitch--Trade posts trade posts trade posts.  You can actually buy souveneirs that are NOT made in China!  I got a great little guy called a "mud head".  He has 4 little babies or she...  I wish I had a camera on top of the car.  People frown if you take snapshots while driving.  I saw the tops of round black mountains peaking out of a field and an area called lava land--the dirt looks like some giant came along and broke up an asphalt parking lot.  Amazing.  You will also see the petrified forest along here--I saw what must have been 25 or more feet of a petrified tree trunk.  Okay another place I must revisit.

As you pass into New Mexico you encounter breathtaking red cliffs with more strange little trading posts at the foot.

Indian weather rock
  Coming from California I am not used to seeing what I would call watering holes near to the side of the road (we don't have water in California).  THere are also many interesting apparently dry rivers--the Dead River, Crazy Stream (I think) and Rio Puerco.  Would you want to go wading in a place called pork river? East of Albuquerque (very citified) there is a town called Moriarty where the main industry seems to be creating and/or selling things that blow up.  50 gazillion fire cracker billboards.  I wonder if this town was founded by Sherlock Holmes' arch enemy.

Gotta go back to a place called Cuervo. As I traveled across the state I often saw abandoned adobe houses, hogans (?) (well, maybe but not Hulk) and other interesting unique old buildings.

Real kids playing real games--no electronics--yay!
  Cuervo almost seemed to be a real ghost town.  I want to go back and take some time to see what is off the main road.  So I drove all the way to Tucumcari and have been trying to remember that old song all day.  Oh well probably no one cares.

Finally into the panhandle--so far cows, horses, Stuckeys and a guy who got onto the freeway in front of me at 2 miles per hour.  Oh year and the aroma of manure.  I know it will be better tomorrow.  The folks I have spoken to are friendly and helpful.

Sweet dreams dears.  Thanks for checkin' in (That's Texican).

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Trading Posts Galore
Trading Posts Galore
Indian weather rock
Indian weather rock
Real kids playing real games--no e…
Real kids playing real games--no …
Entering New Mexico
Entering New Mexico
Beatiful red rock formations
Beatiful red rock formations
Mega teepee
Mega teepee
Dr. Moriartys lair?(!)
Dr. Moriarty's lair?(!)
Out of the fire and into the panha…
Out of the fire and into the panh…
Texas mass transit
Texas mass transit