Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Through New Mexico

We're on a tight schedule now and moving quickly.  I have one more picture of the Rio Grande Gorge taken on our way out of Rio Grande Del Norte NM.  The river is much closer to the mesa top at this point.

We made quick overnight stops in Santa Fe, where we went to dinner with a couple of WIN friends, and Albuquerque, where we went to breakfast with friends of Ron's and bought gas for $1.99.  After driving right by the turn, we finally made it to Joe Skeen BLM campground on the east side of El Malpais NM.

When Ron broke out kippers for his lunch, I sent him out to the nice covered picnic table.  Phew!

The Sandstone Bluffs Overlook is pretty spectacular with views of the 3000-5000 year-old lava flow and cinder cones in the distance.

The bluffs

Ron the explorer.

360 degree view.

We also stopped to see La Ventana Natural Arch, billed as one of New Mexico's largest natural arches.  What does that mean?  What are the measurements?  It was pretty impressive though.

Tonight we're in Show Low, Arizona, parked in Ted and Mary Ellen's front yard.  We really enjoyed catching up with them and some other old friends in the area.  We'll be back home in Mesa tomorrow, so if you're throwing a party in our house, be sure to clean up before we arrive.


  1. Oops! I'm cleaning as fast as I can. What time do you think you'll be home??? :cO

  2. OH my so your home for the winter...you had a wonderful trip and Im sort of doing some of it in the reverse...Im at Puget Sound right now or one a tip of it kinda of near Port Townsend..Kippers kinda like sardines? Awesome arch its going on my list for the future...