Yes, the Land of Enchantment really came through today. Non-stop sun, cloudless skies. And more of the same forecast for tomorrow. Busy, busy all day long. Didn’t get settled til after 10pm because I wanted to set us up in Raton for tomorrow’s schedule. It’s already close to midnight and I have a LOT of photos cropped & ready for you. Sparkle only got breaks at gas stations. And she ran like a champ — twisty mountains, city driving, desert driving, all of it.
Grip, Fix and I got bit by fire ants. Nik & Grem were running around too fast I guess for them to latch on. Grip was licking a front paw for awhile. But Fixie, the drama queen, has been limping all day and barely will get out of the van. I got them up my pants leg. Even though it was somewhat a public area, I didn’t care — I just dropped my pants and plucked them off of me. I stepped on them and they squashed out my blood. Disgusting. I believe all animals have the right to a healthy and happy life — except bugs that bite me or my dogs. I can’t kill those suckers fast enough.
What’s with New Mexico’s water? Is it not safe to drink? Everywhere, just everywhere, there are those water vending machines and now a water store. Love the water bottle entrance:
From Texico (yes, that’s right, at the border of TX & NM):
Over the border slightly to Bovina, TX:
On to Clovis, NM:
A Streamline Moderne / Art Deco building:
Love the little shield letters and how the blue & white & black match the rest of the photo:
Glad to see this place is hanging in there — despite being surrounded by other fast food places:
Had to show some support — had a craving for onion rings and these did not disappoint!
On to Tucumcari:
Detail from the Golden Dragon restaurant sign:
An interesting building I hadn’t noticed before — I’d say Art Deco with neat fruit?, pine cone? & cactus details:
I’ve shot a lot of these Phillips 66 stations on this trip. This one I’ll include because I like the tires with the Tires sign — and the garage sign across the street:
A modern-ish billboard downtown — don’t forget, all my photos are clickable to get a larger size. The shark/drugs chasing the girl/our youth. The boat says “Our Community” on it:
On to Santa Rosa — the La Mesa Motel:
From the boarded-up Western Motel:
Some flowering cacti. Haven’t seen that much cactus on this trip yet — only the stuff installed by humans in planters and such:
On to Las Vegas (NM, that is):
Yes, that’s Sparkle on the right — another view of the unique bumper:
On a depressing note — over to Dalhart, TX to shoot a few things. I checked up on the Mission Twins Theatre that I shot last year when it was being “renovated” for a church:
Sure enough — they stripped it:
Over to Clayton for one more sign for the evening:
Tomorrow, we’ll be up and down the mountains north of Albuquerque. After that, the rough plan if you’re interested: Thurs & Fri, Albuquerque; Sat south of ABQ; Sun west of ABQ; and then Monday or Tuesday, on to Arizona. I think it’s do-able and puts us on schedule. We are officially just past the halfway point of this trip — 19 more days to go! Seems like forever since we were in Ohio and West Virginia, doesn’t it?