Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Getting Our Kicks~ Route 66 Vaca ~ Day 9

Albuquerque, NM to Flagstaff, AZ
Drove around University of New Mexico because Mr. G must see the football and basketball stadiums.  I didn't remember fall being so pretty out west, or at least not El Paso.  The trees in Albuquerque were absolutely beautiful.  The last picture is at the top of the hill leaving Albuquerque on the west side on Route 66 and looking back.  Most all of the pictures I'm posting for today were taken from our windows.
The following pictures were shots taken on the way to Flagstaff.  Most are from the Route 66 road.  A few of the open wide scenes come from the Interstate which we had to hop on when the road died out, or according to the guide book, we felt like we wouldn't miss much.
The colors in New Mexico were just awesome.  
The state sure does live up to its nickname, "Land of Enchantment," when it shows its colors like this.

 Painted Desert

     Just as the route for the Painted Desert finishes at a point west at Interstate 40, there is a stop where you can see the old road bed for Route 66 & the old telephone poles still standing in their lonely stature.  You can't get back on Interstate 40 here, but you continue on to the Petrified Forest.

 Trees turned to beautiful stone.

We returned to the Interstate at Holbrook, AZ

Holbrook has a Tee-Pee Motel like we have back home in Cave City, KY

Heading on to Flagstaff on the Interstate.
I think Mr. G's shot of the sunset looks like a painting.
   For the night, we lucked out with a free upgrade of a suite with 2 queens in one room and a king in another room, separated by a glass door.  Each room with their own bath & TV so I didn't have to watch another evening of football. 
   It is a vintage motel they have painted well and upgraded bedding & a few other things. I like "Clean Nostalgic." Is that a style now?  Why else would we be on Route 66 for kicks. Glad we finally found a true RT. 66 motel to lodge for the night. Best of all it's the cheapest so far!  
Off season is a good thing.

Since we are in Arizona, we have now gone into another time zone.
Can one have road lag?
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  1. So many wonderful photos! The sunset is beautiful! I also like the petrified wood, the old car along the old roadbed, and the tee pee motel.

  2. That is some gorgeous country! Your photos are spectacular! The sunset really does look like a painting. Awesome colors!

  3. I love Southwestern scenery. The natural colors, hues, and rock formations offer endless photo ops.


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