Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Travel Day Two
The Road To Enchantment

 Well, don't let the title of this post fool you. Grandma J and Co. had a whole lot of obstacles to keep them from occupied.

 We can start with early morning rain on the I40 heading west in Oklahoma City. Grandma J especially loved all those funny grooves in the road. Every state has their own thing for run-off and traction.

And what's a long road trip without lots of fog?

Look at the red dirt! God knew that the Chickasaw Indians loved to wear war paint make pottery so he filled Oklahoma will red clay.

But would you looky here? We are back in Texas? Who woulda thought after driving a couple hundred miles Grandma J would be on her way to Amarillo!

Lordy, we are finally in New Mexico! Who are the people who get off the interstates at the visitor's center at state lines? Can Grandma J get a show of hands?

 Here is one of many reasons why they call New Mexico the Land of Enchantment.


 This Enchantment goes on and on forever!

Grandma J took a turn north on the I25 headed towards Las Vegas, New Mexico to spend the night at The Historical Plaza Hotel.

After settling in, Grandma J decided to trek on up the road to find the town of LeDoux....settled by and named after Antoine LeDoux, brother of Andre, her great-great grandfather.

She knew she wouldn't find much, because.....hello, she did her homework! click on photos to enlarge.

LeDoux is on the Santa Fe Trail, and up in the mountains on the way to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 Grandma J found the LeDoux Fire Station. She was satisfied. 

And, because it was after 7 pm, and the sun was setting, she decided to travel the 30 miles of narrow unlit roads back to Las Vegas and have dinner.

After dinner, Grandma J tucked Phil and Crusty in.  Phil was a bit tiffed that Grandma J let Crusty have the remote for the night.

This morning, Grandma J is headed to Albuquerque to meet up with one of her blogger commentors.  That's right, she's meeting Hollywood....and yes she is more than excited!  Hollywood doesn't have a blog yet, but she's thinking about it.


Daryl said...

You are are having a nice time .. someday I want to go to New Mexico and Arizona ...

The Incredible Woody said...

How awesome is that town?!? Seriously I LOVE stuff like that:)

And I'm seriously disappointed that we didn't get the job in Amarillo. I was looking forward to being in the Texas for a while!!

Linda said...

Looks like you are seeing some new country, Grandma J.

We always stop at the visitors' centers! They are very interesting, and they usually have free stuff. NC's was closed this year. We were there on a Tuesday, and that is the day they are closed 'Due to budget cuts.'

I hope you waved at my daughter who lives in Amarillo when you passed by!

Mental P Mama said...

LOL Happy trails...

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I love the wide open spaces! Looks like you are have a great trip.

And I do believe Crusty is getting spoiled. Glad to hear he and PJB getting along better.

Have fun and be safe.

And just so you know...I am one of these..."Who are the people who get off the interstates at the visitor's center at state lines?"


Busy Bee Suz said...

I wish there was a town named after me: Busy Bee Suz!!!
New Mexico is beautiful, but empty,huh?
Travel well...I hope you get a picture of Hollywood. ONe of the best commentors ever!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Hollywood - You;re going to have the time of your life. Grandma J. is hilarious.

Safe travels, GJ. Very interesting about Ledoux. You should write some more about your relative.

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

I'm Jealous!! Seriously, all looks beautiful! ENJOY!
(wet,cold and rainy here) yuck!!

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

I'm Jealous!! Seriously, all looks beautiful! ENJOY!
(wet,cold and rainy here) yuck!!

Pat Jenkins said...

you are like clark griswold takin in all the sights grandma j! lovin it!!

hollywood said...

Yesterday was great!!! After you left I realized, I didn't meet PJB

Life with Kaishon said...

It is so exciting to travel with you! : )