A little of this, a little of that …

Well, another month went by and I didn’t post. But this time, I think I have a pretty good excuse … well, I guess you’d say it’s multiple excuses, but here goes. First off, Chris and I set off on a whirlwind adventure in the middle of April. We took a road trip vacation to New Mexico and Arizona. Then we went east to see my grandmother in Alabama. When I returned to work after a two week absence, I found that a deadline that was supposed to be the middle of May had been moved up to the end of April! So I spent the rest of the month (and the first week of this month) working on that. And finally, this weekend we had our grandson, as my daughter and her husband pack up their home in Killeen and move back to Houston. So see, I haven’t just been slacking off – I’ve been legitimately busy! Every time I’ve thought about sitting down and writing a blog post over the last month, I either haven’t been near a computer, or I spent hours in front of one for work. It just wasn’t in me to get a new blog post out. But I’m back, and I have a lot to share over the coming days!

First off, a quick run down of our vacation. We were gone for a week, but we could have easily spent a month out west checking things out. We had a blast, and we ate a lot of good food while we were making our rounds. Our first stop was in Amarillo, Texas. People who aren’t from Texas don’t seem to understand that it takes me a full day to drive out of this state going any direction but due East, or South (and right now, Mexico isn’t where I want to be). So it took us about 10.5 hours to get to Amarillo from home. Of course, we stopped a few times for bathroom breaks and meals, but the majority of that time was driving. While in Amarillo, I really wanted to see the Cadillac Ranch and Palo Duro Canyon. Can you believe we FORGOT Cadillac Ranch?! We didn’t even realize it until we’d made it across the state line into New Mexico! So we’ll have to go back and see that sometime soon. But Palo Duro Canyon! Oh, it is amazing! The second largest canyon in the United States, I can say it doesn’t really rival the Grand Canyon, but you can drive down in to it and it’s amazing.

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the US, behind the Grand Canyon

Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the US, behind the Grand Canyon

We really want to go back and spend more time there, because we really only scratched the surface. It’s just beautiful; the pictures really don’t do it justice!

From there, we headed to New Mexico. We were following the old Route 66 as much as we could, and we went through several small towns. Unfortunately, we did this on a Sunday, so it looked like a lot of things were closed. We learned that it’s probably best to do that on a weekday. And that works well for us, the next time we want to go that direction, because when we got to Albuquerque, we found that the trolley tour doesn’t run on Monday! I believe that if it did run on Monday, we  would have had a much different vacation, but as it was, we stayed in Albuquerque on Sunday night and then checked out Old Town Monday morning.

The San Felipe de Neri Church is now several shops.

The San Felipe de Neri Church is now several shops.

We made a decision on the fly, since the trolley tour didn’t run on Monday, to head out to Arizona and go check out the Grand Canyon. Confession time: I didn’t think I would like the Grand Canyon that much. I thought I’d walk up, look at it and go, “Yep, that’s a really big hole.”

I should have known better.

On the way to the Grand Canyon, we made a stop at the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. Oh. My. Gosh! I was under impressed with most of the Painted Desert, but there were parts that were awe inspiring.

The Painted Desert wasn't really what I expected, but it was still beautiful.

The Painted Desert wasn’t really what I expected, but it was still beautiful.

Then we learned about the Village on the Rio Puerco.

The Village on the Rio Puerco

The Village on the Rio Puerco

Base of walls for the rooms of the Native Americans who lived here.

Base of walls for the rooms of the Native Americans who lived here.

Hieroglyphics everywhere!

Hieroglyphics everywhere!

But then we got to the Blue Mesas …

Our first glimpse of the Blue Mesas

Our first glimpse of the Blue Mesas

Beautiful, aren't they?

Beautiful, aren’t they?

I could have stayed here for hours, but we didn't really have hours ...

I could have stayed here for hours, but we didn’t really have hours …

Then there was a lot of petrified wood. I mean a LOT …

Petrified wood

Petrified wood

More petrified wood

More petrified wood

One more ...

One more …

Next time, I’ll share some photos of the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad and Roswell, New Mexico!

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