Destination Wednesday: Out West


Painted Desert photograph by fallenpeach

Driving back East after California, we took roads across the Southern part of the country. The weather was warm (after a bit of unexpected snow in the mountains of New Mexico) and we kept catching glimpses of Route 66 and it’s fabulous attractions which only fueled our interest.

From the Hello America blog, circa 2009 –

Today I ran out of battery for both my cameras and ran out of room on my camera cards. I need a CVS and we’re in the middle of nowhere – having just entered northern Texas from New Mexico. I also noticed this morning that the “F” key on my keyboard is missing. I’m not sure if it ran away in the hotel or in the car, so we’ll have to do a quick search for it later, or when we get home.

We stayed in Tucumcari New Mexico which was supposed to have like 5 Route 66 roadside attractions to photograph, but we only saw two. Route 66 is running parallel with the interstate 40 that we’re traveling on, so occasionally we see signs for things like Meteor Craters and Native American Travel Plazas and Dinosaur Museums. We haven’t seen anything that sparks our interest enough yet, but we’re also kind of on a tight schedule. It’s sad. Someday I think I’d like to just drive Route 66 and see everything I want to on it. Take the time to stop etc. We’re seeing a few things, but not as much as I think I’d like to.

It’s really bright out and we’re driving East again – so right into the sun. Thankfully we’re past the snow and hopefully past rain for a little while. Our next stop is supposed to be 70 and beautiful, but we’re not getting there till after dark so we’ll see how the day goes.

— Didn’t really type much today as we were constantly on the move – only stopped for gas and postcards today and it worked in our favor because we got in early for us. It’ll be good to get a little more sleep.” – Lindsey, April 18, 2009

Half the Meteor Crater Sign photo by fallenpeach

I also remember we had forgotten about the time change. It was awesome going west, since our GPS was almost always off by a couple hours, but going back East .. it did not work in our favor.

This particularly journey has been almost completely re-documented, stay tuned for Gatlinburg Tennessee and our final thoughts on our first adventure across the United States. Then I will move on to more of our past adventures!

Have you ever taken an adventure that sparked an idea for another one?


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